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January 15, 2013

Rare Photos of the First Super Bowl in 1967

The First AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professional American football, later known as Super Bowl I and referred to in some contemporary reports as the Supergame, was played on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The National Football League (NFL) champion Green Bay Packers defeated the American Football League (AFL) champion Kansas City Chiefs by the score of 35–10.

Coming into this game, there was still considerable animosity between the two rival leagues, and both teams felt pressure to win. The Chiefs posted an 11-2-1 record during the 1966 AFL season, and defeated the Buffalo Bills, 31-7, in 1966 AFL Championship Game. The Packers finished the 1966 NFL season at 12-2, and defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 34-27, in the 1966 NFL Championship Game. Still, many sports writers and fans believed that any team in the older NFL was vastly superior to any club in the upstart AFL, and thus expected that Green Bay would blow out Kansas City.

Here are rare photos of the first Super Bowl taken by Bill Ray, via LIFE.com

Kansas City's Fletcher Smith, with the Green Bay Packers massed behind him, prior to the start of Super Bowl I, Los Angeles, 1967

The Kansas City Chiefs wait to take the field against the Packers prior to the start of Super Bowl I, Los Angeles, 1967

Green Bay's Jerry Kramer — a tremendous offensive lineman who, for some reason, was never inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame — in Super Bowl I, 1967

Super Bowl I, 1967

Green Bay's Elijah Pitts eludes Kansas City defenders, Super Bowl I, 1967

Chiefs linebacker E. J. Holub, Super Bowl I, 1967

Green Bay wide receiver Max McGee, Super Bowl I, 1967. His line for the game- seven receptions, 138 yards, two TDs

Packers head coach Vince Lombardi, Super Bowl I, 1967

Green Bay QB and game MVP Bart Starr, Super Bowl I, 1967

Super Bowl I, 1967

Elijah Pitts (#22) running the Packers' 'power sweep,' Super Bowl I, 1967

Tight end Reggie Carolan in the Chiefs' locker room, Super Bowl I, 1967

Kansas City defensive lineman Jerry Mays prior to Super Bowl I, 1967

Kansas City sideline, Super Bowl I, 1967

Green Bay receiver Carroll Dale hit by the Chiefs' Willie Mitchell, Super Bowl I, 1967

Quarterback Len Dawson in the Chiefs' locker room, Super Bowl I, 1967

Green Bay's Jim Taylor (#31), Super Bowl I, 1967

Super Bowl I, 1967

Kansas City's injured Fred Williamson carried off the field, Super Bowl I, 1967

Kansas City head coach Hank Stram, Super Bowl I, 1967

Jim Taylor tackled by the Chiefs' Sherrill Headrick, Super Bowl I, 1967

Paul Hornung (#5), a future Hall of Famer who did not play in the game due to injury, Super Bowl I, 1967

Jim Taylor, Super Bowl I, 1967

Jim Taylor, Super Bowl I, 1967. Packer lineman at left is the great Fuzzy Thurston

On the Kansas City sideline, Super Bowl I, 1967

Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson led from the field at the end of the first Super Bowl, 1967. Williamson broke his arm during the game

The Packers' Herb Adderley and Kansas City's tight end Fred Arbanas head to the lockers after Green Bay's 35-10 victory in Super Bowl I, Los Angeles, 1967

Sherrill Headrick, Jerry Mays and other Kansas City Chiefs, Super Bowl I, 1967


5 comments:

  1. Really nice pictures. Gotta love any pro football shots that show guys with the old one-bar face masks on their helmets. Classic.

    And Len Dawson, the KC quarterback, SMOKING in the locker room?? Holy crap. Not too uncommon back in the day, I'm sure.

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  2. I know it was the first big game, but it is amazing to see sizeable portions of empty seats

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