Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s: #8 Super Bowl III
#8 Super Bowl III: New York Jets vs. Baltimore Colts
New York Jets – 16
Baltimore Colts – 7
January 12, 1969
MVP: Joe Namath, QB, New York
Key Play: Jets cornerback Randy Beverly intercepted a third quarter Johnny Unitas pass in the end zone to keep the score 16-0.
It seems like every week in the NFL a player is guaranteeing victory. However, back in 1969, guarantees didn’t come as often. So when New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a victory on the Thursday before the Super Bowl for his AFL Champion Jets, the world took notice. To make Namath’s guarantee even more impressive, the Baltimore Colts were 18 point favorites!
This is why, when Namath led the Jets to the AFL’s first Super Bowl victory over the Colts, Namath immediately became an NFL legend. Not only did “Broadway Joe” guarantee victory, but he backed it up.
The Jets controlled most of the game. They went into halftime with a 7-0 lead, and followed up with three field goals to give themselves a comfortable 16-0 lead in the fourth quarter.
The Colts were finally able to score with 3:19 left in the game to make the score 16-7. The Colts were then able to recover the onside kick and drive down to the Jets 19-yard line, but ended up turning the ball over on downs.
Joe Namath was named the Super Bowl MVP after completing 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards.
Despite being a low scoring game, the drama and suspense that came along with the “guarantee” made the game suspenseful. Add in the fact that the Jets pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history and Super Bowl III goes down as Surgex Sports’ 8th greatest Super Bowl ever.