Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s: #20 Super Bowl I

Super Bowl I

1/7/2013

Leading up to Super Bowl 47  in New Orleans (February 3rd), Surgex Sports will be counting down the 20 greatest Super Bowls in NFL history. Obviously this is a very subjective countdown, but we will be taking into consideration the game itself, as well as its historical significance. The purpose of this is for fans to debate on which Super Bowl they feel is worthy of being on the Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s. We encourage you to agree and/or disagree. If you disagree, all we ask is that you comment below and tell us why. Enjoy!

Without further ado, starting with #20 and counting down each weekday until Super Bowl 47, here is Surgex Sports’ 20th Greatest Super Bowl.

#20 – Super Bowl I: Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Super Bowl I

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Green Bay Packers – 35

Kansas City Chiefs – 10

Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles, California

January 15, 1967

Attendance: 61,946

MVP: Bart Starr, QB, Green Bay

Key Play: Packers safety Willie Woods 50 yard interception

This is one of the least competitive games on our list, but come one, it’s the first Super Bowl! Historical significance alone made us put this on the list. In front of over 61,000 fans at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, the Green Bay Packers dominated the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs behind quarterback Bart Starr.

Starr was 16 of 23 for 250 yards and two touchdowns while being honored with the first ever Super Bowl MVP award. The Chiefs managed to score 10 points in the second quarter to go into halftime behind 14-10.

In the second half, the Packers broke it open after All-Pro safety Willie Woods returned an interception 50 yards to set up the Packers first score of the second half.  Packers receiver Max McGee caught seven passes (he had caught only four passes all season) for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

Super Bowl I may not go down as the most competitive game in Super Bowl history, but it certainly was historic. In what is considered unprecedented in today’s world, there was once thought to be no recording of the game itself. It was broadcast on NBC and CBS, but neither network taped the game.

Finally, after many tried to search for a recording of this elusive first Super Bowl, The Paley Center for Media in New York finally restored what they believe to be a beat up, but original copy of the broadcast. For this and many other historical reasons, Super Bowl I, deserves to be on the Countown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s.

Super Bowl I

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