On January 15, 1967, the Green Bay Packers took a 35-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first ever Super Bowl.
The Packers finished their second possession of the game as Bart Star completed a 37 yard pass to Max McGee for a touchdown. Len Dawson’s seven yard completion to Curtis McClinton put the Chiefs on the board in the second quarter. Jim Taylor ran the ball in for another Green Bay touchdown. Mike Mercer scored a 31-yard field goal for the Chiefs before the teams retired to their locker rooms for half time.
Elijah Pitts and Max McGee each scored a touchdown for the Packers in the third quarter, making the score 28-10 Green Bay. Pitts came back in the fourth with the final scoring play of the game.
The Super Bowl was part of the 1966 merger agreement between the American Football League and National Football League. Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt thought of the name after watching his daughter play with her Super Ball. It was meant to be a temporary name until something better could be thought up. After using the mouthful of a name, “The NFL-AFL World Championship Game,” for two years, the media took to calling the game the Super Bowl.
Green Bay won the first two Super Bowls and right when people started doubting the AFL, the New York Jets upset the Baltimore Colts. The trophy for winning the game was named in memory of former Packers head coach Vince Lombardi before Super Bowl V.
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