1967 The Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League (AFL) 35-10 in the first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship, subsequently known as Super Bowl I, on January 15, 1967, at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. The game was originally scheduled for December 31, 1966, but heavy snowfall delayed its start until January 15.
The NFL had a stranglehold on football during this time, with no major league sports competition to speak of. But the upstart AFL was determined not to be outmatched, and they invited the top team from each conference to compete in their championship game. The Packers were selected over the Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears, who both finished the season with 10 wins and 6 losses, with Green Bay having the better record according to the formula used by the AFL for determining its champion (the same formula that is still used today). In addition to being awarded the title, the Packers also received the $50,000 prize money that was given away as part of the agreement between the two leagues that settled upon the date for their championship game. This amount was fairly substantial at the time, since the average salary of an NFL player was only $7,000 per year.
There are several theories as to why the NFL refused to let the AFL win promotion games.
The Memorial Coliseum of Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, on May 15, 1967. The Green Bay Packers won 35-10 over the Kansas City Chiefs. This is also the site of the famous "Hail Mary" pass that failed to reach its destination.
The game was originally going to be held at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California, but it was canceled due to rain delays. The same thing happened the next day, so the game had to be moved to Los Angeles--where it has been every year since then.
There have been many great players in the history of the NFL, but there is only one guy who can be considered the greatest player of all time: Paul "Bear" Bryant. He was a football coach who led the University of Texas Longhorns to victory in five consecutive NCAA Division I Football Championships from 1969 to 1973. His overall record was 60-5-1 and he is still the most successful coach in UT history. He also has the most wins of any college or professional football coach ever.
Bryant died on September 3, 1975 after a long battle with cancer. He was 50 years old.
So the first Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1967 and the winner was the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers of Green Bay The Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) beat the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League (AFL) 35-10. It was the first NFL game ever played outside of its original three cities (Boston, Chicago, and New York). The game was played at Ohio State University's Ohio Stadium. Paul J. Schumacher, who managed the game for the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens, is considered the pioneer of modern football. Before the start of the season, he proposed that players be allowed to reach across the line of scrimmage and tackle opponents. This change made all-American Frank "Paddy" O'Neill expendable. O'Neill had been brought in by Brown coach George Preston Marshall as a player-coach. Now that he could reach across the line, he was released.
The Browns were owned by John Rigas and his brother James. They wanted to prove that they could build a successful team on their own without borrowing money from investors. This game provided them with an opportunity to do so. The Browns played excellent defense against Bo McMillin, who threw for four touchdowns. However, McMillin also threw two interceptions. He was replaced by Charlie Taylor, who completed five out of six passes for 62 yards before being injured. Taylor was helped onto the field by several teammates, including O'Neill.
15 January 1967 On January 15, 1967, the inaugural Super Bowl was played. It was previously known as the "AFL-NFL World Championship Game" after the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL) merged. It was held in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The NFL's New York Giants beat the AFL's Green Bay Packers by the score of 14-7.
The game began at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time (20:30 UTC). The first quarter lasted three hours and thirty minutes, the second quarter two hours and forty-five minutes, and the third quarter one hour. The final score was New York Giants 14, Green Bay Packers 7. The game drew a total audience of 84,094 people, which at the time was the largest television audience ever recorded for a sports event. The size of today's TV audiences makes this seem like a small number.
The winner of the game went on to play the Dallas Cowboys in the first NFL championship game later that year. This game too was won by the NFL team, who this time were the San Francisco 49ers. The AFL had no immediate successor and ceased operations after its first season.