Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch named Super Bowl MVP Receiver caught 11 passes for 133 yards ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Al Bello/Getty Images Fireworks exploded as singer Paul McCartney performed during the Super Bowl XXXIX halftime show. Robert Galbraith/Reuters Hillary and Liz Hart were among the Patriots fans who turned out for Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville. Roberto Schmidt/AFP Eagles fans and Patriots fans mingled prior to the game. Brian Bahr/Getty Images Inside, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas performed with Earth, Wind and Fire before kickoff. Brian Bahr/Getty Images Country singers Gretchen Wilson and Charlie Daniels also performed. Shaun Best/Reuters Alicia Keys sang "America the Beautiful" prior to the game. Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led his team onto the field before the start of the Super Bowl. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Corey Dillon, who rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown during the game, ran the ball here during the first quarter. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Rodney Harrison picked off one of his two interceptions during the first quarter, Chris O'Meara/AP Linebacker Tedy Bruschi sacked Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb in the first quarter, but Philadelphia struck first with a McNabb touchdown pass to L.J. Smith for a 7-0 lead. Jim Davis/Globe Staff David Givens evened the score for the Patriots with a 4-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Deion Branch, en route to setting a new Super Bowl mark for receptions, stayed just in bounds after catching a pass in the second quarter. Harry How/Getty Images With the score tied 7-7, Paul McCartney performed during the halftime show. Jim Davis/Globe Staff It was McCartney's first time performing at the Super Bowl halftime show. Brian Bahr/Getty Images The stadium went dark to focus on McCartney's performance. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Patriots opened the second half with a 69-yard drive culminating in Mike Vrabel hauling in a 2-yard scoring pass over the Eagles' Quintin Mikell. Vincent Laforet/The New York Times Vrabel's touchdown catch represented his second straight Super Bowl with a score. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Richard Seymour, sacking McNabb during the third quarter, and the Patriots registered four sacks during the game. Vincent Laforet/The New York Times Brady completed 23 of 33 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Globe Staff After the Eagles tied the game at 14-14, Dillon provided the Patriots' go-ahead touchdown with a 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Brady, en route to his third Super Bowl title, reacted after Dillon's scoring run. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Adam Vinatieri added a fourth-quarter field goal that at the time made the score 24-14 and ended up providing the margin of victory. Jeff Gross/Getty Images Branch caught his Super Bowl-record 11th pass of the game over the outstretched arms of cornerback Sheldon Brown in the fourth quarter. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Bruschi had one of the game's three interceptions off McNabb during the fourth quarter. Barry Chin/Globe Staff The game's clinching play came with nine seconds left when Harrison, center, picked off McNabb again. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Patriots erupted in celebration as the clock ran out. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Patriots coach Bill Belichick became the only man to shepherd a team to three Super Bowl wins in four years. David J. Phillip/AP Belichick, flanked by his father, Steve, received the celebratory cold shower. Jeff Roberson/AP For the third time, Vinatieri's field goal provided the Patriots' winning margin in a Super Bowl. Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Brady shared a celebratory moment with team owner Robert Kraft on the field after the game. Andy Lyons/Getty Images Bruschi, left, and Roman Phifer celebrated with defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, who was in his final game with the Patriots. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Tight end Christian Fauria lifted a Adam Vinatieri into his arms as time ran out. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Brady, 27, hoisted the Lombardi Trophy for the third time since becoming the starter in 2001. David J. Phillip)/AP Seymour got some help parading the Lombardi Trophy around the field. Stephan Savoia/AP The assembled Patriots fans got an opportunity to see their team accomplish what just one previous team had done -- win three Super Bowls in four seasons. Brian Snyder/Reuters Branch, with his record-setting performance, was named Super Bowl MVP. Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Brady cemented his legend in Boston and had his name placed in annals with Bill Russell, Larry Bird and Bobby Orr. Steven E. Frischling for The Boston Globe Back in Massachusetts, students at UMass Amherst students embraced as they ran from their dorms following the game. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Several days later, fans gathered on the streets of Boston for a parade honoring the Patriots. Jim Davis/Globe Staff For the second time in three months, Boston organized a "rolling rally." The Patriots basked in the joy the Red Sox had experienced earlier. Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters Bruschi cheered to fans lining the streets as the team passed by on the Duck Boats. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff Thousands of fans on Beacon Street cheered as the Patriots went by. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Tonia Nee and Sarah Leahy, both 15, painted their faces for the Patriots parade. Michael Dwyer/AP Belichick and Kraft partook in what was becoming a tradition for the Patriots, a parade through the streets of Boston. Jessica Rinaldi /Reuters From left, Patriots director of player personnel Scott Pioli, Belichick, Kraft, and team vice chairman Jonathan Kraft held the team's three Super Bowl trophies aloft during the parade. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Tens of thousands of raucous fans cheered the Patriots as the parade moved through. Brian Snyder/Reuters Brady and Branch, both in the club of Super Bowl MVPs, shared a duck boat. Brian Snyder/Reuters The parade worked its way through the streets of Boston in front of tens of thousands of fans. Doug Mills/The New York Times More than two months later, President George W. Bush welcomed the Patriots to the White House again to celebrate their title. Lawrence Jackson/AP Bush got to share some laughs with Kraft, Belichick and Bruschi. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff As the debate raged about whether football historians would call the Patriots a dynasty, Bruschi celebrated putting a third championship ring on his fingers.