After figuring out how to win a Super Bowl the previous season the Denver Broncos decided to make it two in a row, and did just that, beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-19 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami.
Denver covered the Super Bowl XXXIII spread as an eight-point favorite, and the game just sneaked OVER its total of 52.
After losing in their first four Super Bowl appearances, the Broncos became the sixth team to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles.
Denver started 13-0 during the regular season, finished at 14-2, then dispatched Miami and the Jets in the playoffs to earn its sixth trip to the Super Bowl.
Atlanta also went 14-2 during the regular season, winning its last nine games in a row, then beat San Francisco and upset a powerful Vikings team at the Metrodome to earn the franchise's first-ever Super Bowl appearance.
The Falcons' Dan Reeves became the third head coach to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl; ironically, he led the Broncos to three Super Bowls during the 1980s.
The Broncos entered the game as defending champs and the favorites, and played like it. They spotted Atlanta a quick 3-0 lead, then promptly drove 80 yards for a short Terrell Davis touchdown run, and never trailed after that.
A Jason Elam field goal put Denver up 10-3, and a John Elway-to-Rod Smith 80-yard TD connection made it 17-3. The Falcons kicked a field goal to get within 17-6 at the half, but would get no closer.
The Broncos went up 24-6 on a Howard Griffith scoring plunge early the fourth quarter, and 31-6 on an Elway TD scamper. Atlanta's Tim Dwight returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, but Denver shut the door from there.
For the game the Broncos outgained the Falcons 457-337 and won the turnover battle 4-1.
After going 0-3 in his first three Super Bowls Elway went out on top; he was named Super Bowl XXXIII's MVP, then walked off into the sunset and retirement.
Denver would not return to the Super Bowl for 15 seasons, when the Broncos then reverted back to their old ways and got blown out by Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Atlanta, meanwhile, has yet to return to the Super Bowl.
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