Dan Shaughnessy Patriots win thrilling Super Bowl, restore pride to New England fans Team’s first-ever championship comes on last-second field goal ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page The Boston Globe - Linebacker Tedy Bruschi celebrates with the Lombardi Trophy after the Patriots claimed their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history at the Louisiana Superdome on Feb. 3, 2002. Tom Sloan/AFP Patriots safety Lawyer Milloy dives for a ball dropped by Rams quarterback Kurt Warner during the second half. The Patriots sacked Warner three times and picked him off twice during the game. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Tebucky Jones ran back a Rams loose ball from their red zone for an apparent touchdown. But the score, which would have given the Patriots a 24-3 second-half lead, was called back due to a holding call on Willie McGinest. REUTERS Bruschi, left, and Jones pinched and lifted Rams' wide receiver Torry Holt on this first-half tackle. REUTERS Rams cornerback Dre Bly chases Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was 16-for-27 for 145 yards with a touchdown pass in the game, during the second quarter. Tom Sloan/AFP Patriots defensive end Bobby Hamilton celebrates his sack of Warner during the first half. Jeff Haynes/AFP Patriots kick returner Patrick Pass tries to clear a group of Rams defenders during the first half. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff David Patten pulled in this second-quarter touchdown pass from Brady that gave the Patriots 14-3 lead. AP Patriots cornerback Otis Smith celebrates after knocking down a pass intended for Holt during the fourth quarter. AP Patriots cornerback Ty Law intercepts a pass that he returned 47 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter that gave New England an early 7-3 advantage. AP The Rams tied the game at 17-17 when Ricky Proehl dove between Milloy (left) and Terrance Shaw to seal a 26-yard touchdown pass with 90 seconds left in the game. John Bohn/Globe Staff Smith nabbed a key interception for the Patriots in the third quarter. Globe Staff photo With time running out in regulation, Adam Vinatieri booted a 48-yard field goal that clinched the Patriots' first-ever Super Bowl win. Globe Staff photo Vinatieri's kick, out of a hold from Ken Walter, left, instantly became one of the most famous field goals in NFL history. Globe Staff photo Larry Izzo and his fellow Patriots teammates paraded around the Superdome in celebration after the kick. Jeff Haynes/AFP The win elevated Brady, in just his second year in the NFL, and coach Bill Belichick into the pantheon of NFL champions. AP It was a bittersweet victory for quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who lost his job to Brady during the season after suffering a chest injury in September. AP Lonie Paxton, who made snow angels in Foxborough after a dramatic win against the Raiders in the divisional playoffs, reveled in the glow of the Super Bowl win. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Brady was named Super Bowl MVP after his clutch performance. REUTERS Back in Boston, fans poured into the streets around Faneuil Hall to celebrate the city's first major pro championship in 15 years. David L Ryan/Globe Staff Two days after the game, Milloy and the Patriots brought the Lombardi Trophy to City Hall Plaza for a celebration with tens of thousands of fans.