In Super Bowl XX William “Refrigerator” Perry a rookie defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears, who occasionally made made “cameo appearances” as either an offensive lineman or a running back (almost always in fourth down-short yardage situations) had a busy day. He made three tackles, and had two assists. He also accidentally flattened one of his teammates. In addition to all that he started two fights, attempted one pass, gained two yards, and scored one of the most famous (infamous?) touchdowns in Super Bowl history.
Stripping a page from the New England Patriots’ book of destiny and reading from their own copyrighted manual of defense, the Chicago Bears swept to a 46-10 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XX at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans yesterday.Read more NYTimes.com
Starting in 1977 when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, the Broncos made it to the post season 11 times before they finally won the big game. At Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, on January 25, 1998, John Elway and Terrell Davis led Denver to a 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers.
After losing the 1977 Super Bowl the Broncos:
They tore apart history and wrote their own. For the first time in 38 years, for the first time ever, the Denver Broncos are masters of the football universe.
It has a ring to it. Read more Denver Post
Colts Beat Cowboys 16-13 in Super Bowl V – January 17, 1971
Super Bowl V was played at the Orange Bowl in Miami on January 17, 1971. This was arguably the sloppiest Super Bowl ever played. The headline in the Chicago Tribune read, “Colts Win Zany Super Bowl, 16-13. The Boston Globe called it “Strong Theater, Weak Football”. The LA Times said it was the “Not So Super Super Bowl”. Not to be outdone by the competition, the Washing Post dubbed it “The Embarrassment Bowl”.
The Tribune’s Cooper Rollow wrote, “Super Bowl V would have challenged the Imaginations of Barnum and Baily. It would have disturbed the daydreams of Walter Mitty. It would have taxed the patience of Job. It was the wildest, weirdest, wackiest exhibtion in the short history of pro footballs’s premier event, and in the end, the capacity crowd of 80,035 didn’t know whether to applaud, giggle or collapse.
If you were a Cowboys fan this game had to be a painful experience. For Colts fans it was nerve racking, but at least it had a happy ending. For the rest of America; they enjoyed some good laughs while chomping on chips and dips.
Interceptions, Fumbles, and Penalties Galore
The game featured twenty-eight incomplete passes, five interceptions, four fumbles, and fourteen penalties. And Johnny Unitas was injured before the end of the second half putting the game in the hands of Baltimore’s backup quarterback, “old” Earl Morrall.
This was the first Super Bowl where the two combatants faced each other as representatives of the NFC and the AFC. At the start of the 1970 season three NFL teams, the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Baltimore Colts; joined the ten teams from the AFL, to form the AFC. The Colts got to exorcise the demons that had been attached to them since their humiliating 1969 loss to Joe Namath and the New York Jets. The Cowboys on the other hand, were a long way from becoming America’s team. This was the third time they would blow a title a game, and they would have to one wait more year before winning their first championship.
Baltimore Wins on a Field Goal with Five Seconds On the Clock
Super Bowl V was decided on a 32-yard field with five seconds left on the clock. Just before the the two minute warning, with game tied 13-13, Baltimore was forced to punt. Dallas took possession at the Colts 48 yard line. On first down, Duane Thomas ran right and got thrown for a 1-yard loss. On second down Craig Morton got sacked for a 9-yard loss. On top of that, Dallas got called for holding. That put the Cowboys back at their own 27-yard line, second down and 35 yards to go for a first down. Then Morton attempted a pass to Dan Reeves. Mike Curtis intercepted it and ran with the ball to the Dallas 27. Two plays later Jim O’Brien made a perfect kick (about the only thing anybody did right in this game.) to finish off the Cowboys.
President Richard Nixon watched the game at Camp David while working on the State of the Union Address.
Like a stern parent chastising a mischievous child, the Green Bay Packers soundly thrashed the upstart Kansas City Chiefs 35-10, Sunday in Memorial Coliseum in the first Super Bowl game.
The outstanding master of the whip-lash on a gorgeous summer-like afternoon was Byran Bartlett Starr, who had been playing in the NFL four years before the junior circuit was born. Read more LA Times.
The Kansas City Chiefs were slightly superb in the first half but the Green Bay Packers were vastly superior at the finish today and clearly established the supremacy of the National Football League over the American in the first Super Bowl game, 35-10. Read more Washington Post.
Bryan Bartlett (Bart) Starr, the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, led his team to a 35-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs today in the first professional football game between the champions of the National and American Leagues.
Doubt about the outcome disappeared in the third quarter when Starr’s pretty passes made were Indians out of the American League Chiefs and Green Bay scored twice. Read more NY Times.
A solid case can be made that the modern era of professional football began when the New York Jets, led by Joe Namath, defeated the Baltimore Colts to win Super Bowl III.
So it is no surprise that hearing for nearly two weeks about how badly the Baltimore Colts were going to pummel his team from the supposedly inferior league did not sit well with Namath. Answering a Colts fan heckling him at the Miami Touchdown Club three days before the game, Namath finally snapped: “We’re gonna win the game. I guarantee it.” Read more NY Daily News
Namath, chosen the outstanding player, completed 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards and directed a steady attack that dominated the NFL champions after the Jets’ defense had intercepted Colts quarterback Earl Morrall three times in the first half. Read more NFL.com
The New York Jets exposed the myth of National Football League superiority over the “little league” as a colossal fraud today by inflicting a 16-7 disaster on the Baltimore Colts in the third Super Bowl game.Midnight struck for Cinderella quarterback Earl Morrall of the Colts and even Johnny Unitas could not deliver in the clutch. Read more Washington Post
From The New York Times
Los Angeles December 18, 1949 The Philadelphia Eagles marched through the mud and sailed through the air today to crush The Los Angeles Rams, 14-0, and win the National Football League Championship for the second straight year.
It never rains in California, but girl, don’t they warn ya?
It pours, man, it pours – (Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood)
And that’s what it did in Los Angeles, the whole night before and during most of the game; but that didn’t stop Eagles quarterback Tommy Thompson from hitting Pete Pihos on a 31-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Nor did it stop Hall of Fame running back Steve Van Buren from rushing 196 yards on 31 carries.
The Eagles second score came in the third period when Leo Skladany blocked an attempted punt from the Ram’s two-yard line by quarterback Bob Waterfield; and fell into the end zone with the ball.
Meanwhile, the Eagles nasty defense, maybe with a little help from the rain and mud, held the Rams to 21 stinkin’ yards on the ground and a measly 98 yards in the air.