The championship game of the National Football League (NFL) is known as the Super Bowl. It has been held since 1967 as a part of the merger agreement between the NFL and the American Football League (AFL). They agreed that the champion of each league should meet in the AFL–NFL World Championship Game, which is now known as the first Super Bowl. The champion from the NFL was the Green Bay Packers and the champion from the AFL was the Kansas City Chiefs. They met for the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967.
Where was the first Super Bowl held?
The location and date of the game was not known until 6 weeks before kick-off. Los Angles was awarded the game and it was played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Green Bay Packers went into the game as heavy favorites and didn’t disappoint with a 35-10 win.
Interesting facts about Super Bowl I
It was the only Super Bowl to be televised on 2 different television networks at the same time. This was due to the fact that CBS had the rights to the NFL and NBC had the rights to the AFL. It was decided to allow them both to broadcast the game. Unfortunately, the broadcast tapes of the game was lost when the tapes were wiped.
Due to a mistake in the television coverage the kick-off after half time had to be redone. The Chiefs made a good return on the first kick-off, but they were not as successful on the second kick. Some football commentators think that this may have dramatically changed the result of the game.
Despite leading at halftime 10-7, the Chiefs did not score in the entire second half of the game.
The Green Bay Packers players were each paid $15,000 (about $100,000 in today’s money) for winning, and the Kansas City Chiefs players were paid $7,500 (about $50,000 in today’s money).
Max McGee, of the Green Bay Packers, was the first player to score a touchdown in Super Bowl history. Amazingly, he wasn’t even supposed to play in the game after breaking the team curfew the night before when he went out drinking. However, the starter for his position, Boyd Dowler, injured his shoulder and McGee had to borrow a helmet and replace him.