Super Bowl moment No. 34: The Patriots lay down the Law

New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law waves to the crowd after intercepting a pass and running it in for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXVI.

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As we count down to Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, it’s time to look back on the magical and memorable moments in the 49 previous Super Bowls. FOX Sports senior NFL writer Alex Marvez has ranked the 50 greatest moments in the big game’s big history, and every weekday from now until Feb. 7 we’ll unveil the latest addition to our countdown. Today, we look back at moment No. 34, when the Patriots stunned the "Greatest Show on Turf" Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.

The "Greatest Show on Turf" offense fielded by St. Louis was so formidable that the Rams entered as a double-digit favorite.

But it was New England’s defense that proved more dominant in this Super Bowl. The key play came on a "Turkey Zero Blitz" when Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel charged into the backfield untouched.


Kurt Warner’s pass to Isaac Bruce was intercepted by cornerback Ty Law and returned 47 yards for a touchdown to give New England a 7-3 second-quarter lead.

The Patriots never trailed again and won on the final play when Adam Vinatieri hit a 48-yard field goal as time expired.

Check out highlights from Super Bowl XXXVI here.

Final score: New England 20, St. Louis 17