This Day In Sports History (January 15th) — Super Bowl I
It was on this day that the first ever Super Bowl took place. At the time, it was referred to as the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
The First ever Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles, California, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The two teams taking part in the game were the NFL champion Green Bay Packers, and the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs. With many believing that the older NFL was much stronger than the upstart AFL, the Packers entered the game as heavy favorites.
Throughout the opening half of the game, it appeared as though the experts were wrong. Not only were the Chiefs able to keep things close (the score was 14-10 for the Packers at the break), but they were also able to outgain the Packers in total yards during the opening half, 181-164. However, they were unable to slow down Packers quarterback Bart Starr, who threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns during the game. Those numbers would not only lead the Packers to the 35-10 Super Bowl victory, but they would also help Starr earn Super Bowl I MVP honors.
Starr may have been awarded the MVP, but the real star (no pun intended) of the game was Packers receiver Max McGee. Entering the game, McGee had recorded only four receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown during the entire season, but after starting receiver Boyd Dowler went down with an injury during Green Bay’s second offensive series, McGee was called upon to step in, and he made his mark with seven receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns. And best of all, he did it hung over and with someone else’s helmet–he left his in the room thinking he wouldn’t need it.
Here’s are some highlights from Super Bowl I between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Drew Brees, NFL – Born on January 15, 1979 (age 35) in Austin, Texas
Matt Holliday, MLB – Born on January 15, 1980 (age 34) in Stillwater, Oklahoma
Armando Galarraga, MLB – Born on January 15, 1982 (age 32) in Cumaná, Venezuela