The First Super Bowl

The NFL’s First World Championship game was played on January 15, 1967.  The game took place in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angels, California.  The teams that played were the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers.  The Packers were favorited to win by 14 points.  Attendance at the game totaled over 60,000.

Going into the game, the Chiefs had a record of 11-2-1 and the Packers had a record of 12-2.  The Packers got ahead early, scoring 7 points in the first quarter.  By halftime, the Packers had scored 7 more points and the Chiefs had scored 10 points.  The score at the end of the second quarter was 14-10 with the Packers on top.

After halftime, it was all about the Packers for the rest of the game, with them scoring 21 unanswered points.  They scored 14 more of those points in the third quarter.  In the fourth quarter, they scored 7 more.  The game ended and the Packers won 35-10, becoming the first ever NFL Champions.  Green Bay’s quarterback, Bart Starr, was named MVP.  He completed 16 out of 23 passes for 251 yards, and threw one touchdown and one interception.

The trophy that all Super Bowl champions get now is known as the Vince Lombardi Trophy.  It is named after the Green Bay Packers’ coach, Vince Lombardi, who led them to win the first two Super Bowls.

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Super Bowl 46…Another GIANT Win

On February 5, 2012, Super Bowl 46 was played in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The reason this was such a noteworthy Super Bowl was because the two teams playing were the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.  It was a repeat of four years earlier, when the teams played each other in Arizona in Super Bowl 42.  Giants fans all over the world couldn’t be happier that the team was back in the Super Bowl, and they were even more excited than normal because it was another chance to beat Tom Brady and the Patriots.

The game was played in Lucas Oil Stadium, which is home to the Indianapolis Colts.  The Giants were entering the game with a regular season record of 9-7, and the Patriots had a regular season record of 13-3.  The Giants took a 9-0 lead in the first quarter, but weren’t able to score any points in the second quarter.  The Patriots, however, scored 10 points in the second quarter, and another 7 in the third quarter.  They were now leading the Giants 17-9 after scoring those 17 unanswered points.  The Giants were able to hold the Patriots from scoring any more points, and came back to score 6 points in the third quarter cutting New England’s lead to 17-15.

The fourth quarter started and fans of both teams were on the edge of their seats with the game coming to an end and the score so close.  With 57 seconds left in the game, the Giants completed an 88 yard scoring drive to put them up 21-17, winning them the Super Bowl for the second time in four years.  The Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning completed 30 out of 40 passes and threw for 296 yards.  He had one touchdown pass and no interceptions.  Manning won the Super Bowl MVP for the second time in his career and was the third consecutive quarterback to win the MVP award.  This particular Super Bowl broke the broadcast record for most watched tv program in American TV history.  It was watched by an estimated 166.8 million viewers total.  This game also set the record for most tweets per second during a sporting event, totaling 13.8 million tweets from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

New York Giants fans are still waiting for the team to go back to the Super Bowl, but if they keep following this four year pattern, next season is when they’ll be due back for another Super Bowl win!

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That One Time the Jets Won the Super Bowl

As a fan of the New York Jets, this season couldn’t get any worse even if the team tried.  Since the fans are getting disappointed week after week, I wanted to reminisce to the one and only time the Jets made it to the Super Bowl.  It was Super Bowl III, and it was played on January 12, 1969 in Miami, Florida.  Back then, the league was split into the AFL and the NFL, whereas now it is split into the AFC and the NFC.

The New York Jets played the Baltimore Colts.  Baltimore was going into the game with a record of of 13-1 and New York had a record of 11-3.  The Colts were the favorite team by 18 points, so it was safe to say that no one thought the Jets would win.  However, Baltimore’s starting quarterback threw three interceptions, and was replaced by the backup in the fourth quarter.  Joe Namath, the Jets quarterback, didn’t throw any touchdown passes in the game, and he didn’t throw any passes at all in the fourth quarter.  He did however complete 17 out of 28 passes, throwing for 206 yard.  Namath was named the Super Bowl MVP.  It was the only Super Bow the Jets have ever been in, but at least they came out with a win.  The final score of the game was: New York Jets- 16, Baltimore Colts- 7.

Jets fans have been waiting 45 years to see the team make it to the Super Bowl again.  It won’t happen this season, but we all have to be hopeful for what could happen in the future!

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Super Bowl XLII: A GIANT Win

On February 3, 2008, the New York Giants took the field against the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.  Due to the fact that the Patriots had a perfect record, it was safe to say that the Giants were the underdog.  All of the Giants fans in the world were shocked, but thrilled, that their team had made it to the Super Bowl.

It was a very exciting game to say the least.  The score was close all four quarters, something that no one had expected to happen.  And, after one catch that would be remembered around the world as “The Helmet Catch”, the Giants ended up winning the game 17-14.  The Patriots only lost one game that season, but it was the only game that mattered.

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