Davis Helps Bring 2nd Title
Feb. 01, 1999
MIAMI (AP) _ One Super Bowl MVP award was enough for Terrell Davis. He was perfectly content to let John Elway get all the glory Sunday.
Davis, last year's MVP in the NFL's championship game, fought off leg cramps and an initially unyielding Atlanta defense to turn in a fine all-around performance that, in other years, might have been worthy of the most valuable honor.
But with the 38-year-old Elway capturing that award, Davis starred in a supporting role in the Denver Broncos' 34-19 victory.
Davis, the league's MVP during the regular season after rushing for 2,008 yards, carried 25 times for 102 yards and also caught two passes for 50 yards.
Davis, who ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns in last year's 31-24 win over Green Bay, had only 18 yards on six carries in the first quarter against the stubborn Falcons.
But he cranked it up on a drive that led to a field goal and a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter. He had runs of 8 and 13 yards, and then added 6 yards with a nifty spin move to elude Falcons end Chuck Smith.
He had a 15-yard gain late in the half as the Broncos took a 17-6 lead at intermission.
In a scoreless third quarter, Davis, a secondary receiver, caught a short pass from Elway and turned it into an 11-yard gain.
Later in the quarter, he broke an attempted tackle by linebacker Jessie Tuggle and reversed his field for an 11-yard gain.
Early in the final period, Davis caught a short pass off the left side. Breaking tackles and maintaining his balance along the sideline, he turned it into a 39-yard gain to the Atlanta 9-yard line. Two plays later, Elway's 3-yard run on a quarterback draw put the Broncos ahead 31-6 with 11:20 remaining.