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50: Celebrating 50 Years Of Super Bowl History

Part I: 1960s & 1970s

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1960s

1960

Super Bowl I

Super Bowl I

Following the defeat at the hands of the Packers, Chiefs coach Hank Stram famously declared, "We'll be back, exactly one time."

  1. Kansas City Chiefs
    10
  2. Green Bay Packers
    35
Did You Know

The Super Bowl I–winning Packers received a congratulatory phone call from U.S. Secretary of Commerce John T. Connor after the game.

Super Bowl II

Super Bowl II

In a game that would be immortalized as the "Ice Bowl," star quarterback Bart Starr led the Packers down the field and, despite the subzero temperatures and frozen turf, executed a heroic one-yard dive into the end zone for a last-second victory over the Cowboys. That's the game worth remembering from this season, not a boring blowout of the Raiders in Super Bowl II.

  1. Green Bay packers
    33
  2. Oakland raiders
    14

Super Bowl III

Super Bowl III

The first game to officially be known as the "Super Bowl" is also notable for Jets quarterback Joe Namath's famous guarantee of victory, the first time in sports history that a player openly declared his team's intention to win a game before it started.

  1. New York Jets
    16
  2. Baltimore Colts
    7

1970s

1970

Super Bowl IV

Super Bowl IV

After leading his team to victory over the Vikings, Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson turned to the television cameras and begged not to be sent to Vietnam.

  1. Minnesota Vikings
    7
  2. Kansas City Chiefs
    23

Super Bowl V

Super Bowl V

The Colts' three-point victory over the Cowboys is most noteworthy for being the first Super Bowl in which players were banned from smoking in the huddle.

  1. Baltimore Colts
    16
  2. Dallas Cowboys
    13
Did You Know

Before the pregame coin toss was implemented, opening kickoffs were decided through days of negotiations between opposing team captains in the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl VI

Super Bowl VI

Not officially declassified by the NFL until 1989, the Cowboys won this game over the Dolphins 24-3.

  1. Dallas Cowboys
    24
  2. Miami Dolphins
    3

Super Bowl VII

Super Bowl VII

The greatest team in NFL history scored two touchdowns.

  1. Miami Dolphins
    14
  2. Washington Redskins
    7

Super Bowl VIII

Super Bowl VIII

A second consecutive Super Bowl championship left Dolphins fans with a source of incredible pride that would need to last for the next four decades.

  1. Minnesota Vikings
    7
  2. Miami Dolphins
    24

Super Bowl IX

Super Bowl IX

In a defensive matchup for the ages, neither offense took the field all game so Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain could face off against Minnesota's Purple People Eaters.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers
    16
  2. Minnesota Vikings
    6
Did You Know

Super Bowls are worth 7.6 NBA Championships, 15.2 Stanley Cups, and 23.9 Wimbledons.

Super Bowl X

Super Bowl X

The showdown between the Cowboys and Steelers was delayed for three hours while grounds crews at the Miami Orange Bowl plowed all the cocaine off the field.

  1. Dallas Cowboys
    17
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers
    21

Super Bowl XI

Super Bowl XI

The Raiders' commanding 32-14 win set off jubilant celebrations in maximum-security prisons across the country.

  1. Oakland Raiders
    32
  2. Minnesota Vikings
    14

Super Bowl XII

Super Bowl XII

The Cowboys' second Super Bowl victory is best known for containing the exact moment, 4:17 left in the second quarter, that Dallas became "America's Team."

  1. Dallas Cowboys
    27
  2. Denver Broncos
    10
Did You Know

The souls of the losing team in every Super Bowl are forever trapped inside the Lombardi Trophy.

Super Bowl XIII

Super Bowl XIII

This highly anticipated matchup didn't disappoint as the two best teams in the league squared off, something that actually doesn't happen much in the Super Bowl, which is probably why so many of these games sucked.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers
    35
  2. Dallas Cowboys
    31

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