What I learned about watching the first NFL-AFL Championship game (Later became the Super Bowl I)

The First AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professional football was played on January 15, 1967 between the Green Bay Packers of the NFL versus the AFL representative, the Kansas City Chiefs. For many years, the game’s actual video footage was lost until recently. I had the chance to view this game over the last week on NFL network. This is what I learned after viewing those lost tapes for the first time.

No spiking of the football, chest bumps, or superman simulation after a player scored a touchdown. Typically, the scoring player merely handed the football to the official in the end zone.

No two-minute stoppage for replay evaluation. And of course, no Microsoft tablets were seen on the sidelines.

No last names of players on Green Bay Packer uniforms and no logo or corporate brands on any player uniforms.

No hand gesturing after the offensive player achieved a 1st down. They simply went back to the huddle for another series of downs.

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First championship game had empty seats at the LA Coliseum.

Three separate College bands performed at halftime, which eliminated any controversial half-time shows that could occur today.

Of course, the game was filmed not filmed in high-definition.

Goal posts at the time were at the goal line.

The majority of the players on the field were white, the exact opposite of today’s NFL.

Many of the cornerbacks were black players, even back in 1967.

Kick offs occurred on the 40-yard line and rarely soared into the end zone for a touchback.

Field at the LA Coliseum was in awful shape for this special event.

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Hits to quarterback’s head did not necessarily warrant a personal foul penalty.

Both starting quarterback, Bart Starr and Len Dawson didn’t have rifle arms — their focus was on touch and accuracy.

On one play, pushing a player down after the whistle had blown did not receive warrant a personal foul penalty.

When a good play happened, it was handshakes; no high-fives or chest bumps were displayed.

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No one in the crowd displayed those silly Defense signs (a D with a part of a fence).

Donnie Anderson of the Packers played offense and defense during the game.

It goes without says but those players 50 years ago were much smaller and slower than players in today’s game.

On the receiving team for punts, 2 players were back to receive the punt.

No nets were used to capture footballs after extra points and field goals. If you could get your hands on that football and keep your hands on it, that was a once in a lifetime souvenir.

Smoking was permitted in the stands during the game.

Each player on the Green Bay Packers received a check for $15,000 as part of the winning team. Each Kansas City player received $7,500. Today’s winning Super Bowl check would exceed the amount these players received in ’67 for the entire season.

Packer fans were not wearing cheese heads or wearing hunting gear.

Vince Lombardi did not receive a Gatorade bath after the Packers won the first NFL-AFL championship game. Perhaps the Packers’ players knew better.

Kansas City Chiefs continued to punt the entire fourth quarter even though down by 25 points at various times.

According to Wikipedia, this championship game was the only game (Super Bowl) to be simulcast in the U.S. by two networks: NBC and CBS.

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Len Dawson, the QB of the Chiefs took an interesting cigarette break during half-time.

Donnie Anderson not only was used as a running back, he punted during the game and received punts, quite remarkable.

Six officials were used for this game. In fact, the NFL used six officials from ’65 through ’77.

This game was played on January 15, 1967 at 3:15 CT. The Super Bowl now is typically in February and will probably not change.

 

Kevin Schwarm

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