The second AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professional football, known retroactively as Super Bowl II, was played on January 14, 1968, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The National Football League (NFL)'s defending champion Green Bay Packers defeated the American Football League (AFL) champion Oakland Raiders by the score of 33–14. This game and Super Bowl III are the only two Super Bowl games to be played in back-to-back years in the same stadium.
Coming into this game, like during the first Super Bowl, many sports writers and fans believed that any team in the NFL was vastly superior to any club in the AFL. The Packers, the defending champions, posted a 9–4–1 record during the 1967 NFL season before defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 21–17, in the 1967 NFL Championship Game (also popularly known as the Ice Bowl). The Raiders finished the 1967 AFL season at 13–1, and defeated the Houston Oilers, 40–7, in the 1967 AFL Championship Game.
As expected, Green Bay dominated Oakland throughout most of Super Bowl II. The Raiders could only score two touchdown passes from quarterback Daryle Lamonica. Meanwhile, Packers kicker Don Chandler made four field goals, including three in the first half, while defensive back Herb Adderley had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown. Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr was named the MVP for the second straight time, becoming the first back-to-back Super Bowl MVP for his 13 of 24 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown.
|Super Bowl II|
|Date||January 14, 1968|
|Stadium||Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida|
|MVP||Bart Starr, quarterback|
|Favorite||Packers by 13.5|
|Current/Future Hall of Famers|
|Packers: Vince Lombardi (head coach), Herb Adderley, Willie Davis, Forrest Gregg, Henry Jordan, Jerry Kramer, Ray Nitschke, Dave Robinson, Bart Starr, Willie Wood|
Raiders: Al Davis (owner/general manager), John Madden‡ (linebackers coach), Fred Biletnikoff, George Blanda, Willie Brown, Jim Otto, Gene Upshaw
‡ elected as a head coach.
|National anthem||Grambling State University Band|
|Coin toss||Jack Vest|
|Halftime show||Grambling State University Band|
|TV in the United States|
|Announcers||Ray Scott, Pat Summerall, and Jack Kemp|
|Nielsen ratings||36.8 |
(est. 39.12 million viewers)
|Cost of 30-second commercial||$54,000|
The game was awarded to Miami on May 25, 1967, at the owners meetings held in New York City.
The Packers advanced to their second straight AFL-NFL World Championship Game, but had a much more difficult time than in the previous season. Both of their starting running backs from the previous year, future Pro Football Hall of Famers Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor, had left the team. Their replacements, Elijah Pitts and Jim Grabowski, were both injured early in the season, forcing Green Bay coach Vince Lombardi to use veteran reserve running back Donny Anderson and rookie Travis Williams. Fullbacks Chuck Mercein and Ben Wilson, who were signed as free agents after being discarded by many other teams, were also used to help compensate for the loss of Hornung and Taylor. Meanwhile, the team's 33-year-old veteran quarterback Bart Starr had missed 4 games during the season with injuries, and finished the season with nearly twice as many interceptions (17) as touchdown passes (9).
The team's deep threat was provided by veteran receivers Carroll Dale, who recorded 35 receptions for 738 yards (a 21.1 average), and 5 touchdowns; and Pro Bowler Boyd Dowler, who had 54 catches for 846 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Packers still had the superb blocking of linemen Jerry Kramer, Fred Thurston and Forrest Gregg. On special teams, Williams returned 18 kickoffs for 749 yards and an NFL record 4 touchdowns, giving him a whopping 41.1 yards per return average. But overall the team ranked just 9th out of 16 NFL teams in scoring with 332 points.
The Packers defense, however, allowed only 209 points, the 3rd best in the NFL. Even this figure was misleading, since Green Bay had yielded only 131 points in the first 11 games (when they clinched their division), the lowest total in professional football. Three members of Green Bay's secondary, the strongest aspect of their defense, were named to the Pro Bowl: defensive backs Willie Wood, Herb Adderley, and Bob Jeter. The Packers also had a superb defensive line led by Henry Jordan and Willie Davis. Behind them, the Packers linebacking core was led by Ray Nitschke.
The Packers won the NFL's Central Division with a 9–4–1 regular season record, clinching the division in the 11th week of the season. During the last three weeks, the Packers gave up an uncharacteristic total of 78 points, after having yielded only about a dozen points per game in their first 11 contests. In the playoffs, Green Bay returned to its dominant form, blowing away their first playoff opponent, the Los Angeles Rams, in the Western Conference Championship Game, 28–7. The next week, Green Bay then came from behind to defeat the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL championship game for the second year in a row, in one of the most famous games in NFL lore: The Ice Bowl.
The Raiders, led by head coach John Rauch, had stormed to the top of the AFL with a 13–1 regular season record (their only defeat was an October 7 loss to the New York Jets, 27–14), and went on to crush the Houston Oilers, 40–7, in the AFL Championship game. They had led all AFL and NFL teams in scoring with 468 points. And starting quarterback Daryle Lamonica had thrown for 3,228 yards and an AFL-best 30 touchdown passes.
The offensive line was anchored by center Jim Otto and guard Gene Upshaw, along with Pro Bowlers Harry Schuh and Wayne Hawkins. Wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff led the team with 40 receptions for 876 yards, an average of 21.3 yards per catch. On the other side of the field, tight end Billy Cannon caught 32 passes for 629 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. In the backfield, the Raiders had three running backs, Clem Daniels, Hewritt Dixon, and Pete Banaszak, who carried the ball equally and combined for 1,510 yards and 10 touchdowns. On special teams, defensive back Rodger Bird led the AFL with 612 punt return yards and added another 148 yards returning kickoffs.
The main strength of the Raiders was their defense, nicknamed "The 11 Angry Men". The defensive line was anchored by Pro Bowlers Tom Keating and Ben Davidson. Davidson was an extremely effective pass rusher who had demonstrated his aggressiveness in a regular season game against the New York Jets by breaking the jaw of Jets quarterback Joe Namath while sacking him. Behind them, Pro Bowl linebacker Dan Conners excelled at blitzing and pass coverage, recording 3 interceptions. The Raiders also had two Pro Bowl defensive backs: Willie Brown, who led the team with 7 interceptions, and Kent McCloughan, who had 2 interceptions. Safety Warren Powers recorded 6 interceptions, returning them for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Despite Oakland's accomplishments, and expert consensus that this was the weakest of all the Packer NFL championship teams, Green Bay was a 14-point favorite to win the Super Bowl. Like the previous year, most fans and sports writers believed that the top NFL teams were superior to the best AFL teams.
Thus, most of the drama and discussions surrounding the game focused not on which team would win, but on the rumors that Lombardi might retire from coaching after the game. The game also proved to be the final one for Packers wide receiver Max McGee, one of the heroes of Super Bowl I, and place kicker Don Chandler.
This was the first Super Bowl to use the Y-shaped goalposts (with one supporting post instead of two) invented by Jim Trimble and Joel Rottman; they had made their debut at the start of the season for both the AFL and NFL, and first appeared at the pro level in Canada.
The game was televised in the United States by CBS, with Ray Scott handling the play-by-play duties and color commentators Pat Summerall and Jack Kemp in the broadcast booth. Kemp was the first Super Bowl commentator who was still an active player (with Buffalo of the AFL) at the time of the broadcast. The CBS telecast of this game is considered lost; all that survives are in-game photos, most of which were shown in the January 8, 1969 edition of Sports Illustrated. Not even NFL Films, the league's official filmmaker, has a copy of the full game available; however, they do have game footage that they used for their game highlight film.
Unlike the previous year's game, Super Bowl II was televised live on only one network, which has been the case for all subsequent Super Bowl games. While the Orange Bowl was sold out for the game, the NFL's unconditional blackout rules in place then prevented the live telecast from being shown in the Miami area.
During the latter part of the second quarter, and again for three minutes of halftime, almost 80 percent of the country (with the exceptions of New York City, Cleveland, Philadelphia and much of the Northeast) lost the video feed of the CBS broadcast. CBS, who had paid $2.5 million for broadcast rights, blamed the glitch on a breakdown in AT&T cable lines. The overnight Arbitron rating was 43.0, a slight increase from Super Bowl I's combined CBS-NBC rating of 42.2.
The pregame ceremonies featured two giant figures, one dressed as a Packers player and the other dressed as a Raiders player. They appeared on opposite ends of the field and then faced each other near the 50-yard line.
On Oakland's first offensive play, Ray Nitschke shot through a gap and literally upended fullback Hewritt Dixon in what was one of Nitschke's signature plays of his entire career. The hit was so vicious, it prompted Jerry Green, a Detroit News columnist sitting in the press box with fellow journalists, to say in a deadpan, that the game was over. The Packers opened up the scoring with Don Chandler's 39-yard field goal after marching 34 yards on their first drive of the game. Meanwhile, the Raiders were forced to punt on their first two possessions.
The Packers then started their second possession at their own 3-yard line, and in the opening minutes of the second quarter, they drove 84 yards to the Raiders 13-yard line. However, they once again had to settle for a Chandler field goal to take a 6–0 lead. Later in the period, the Packers took the ball on their own 38-yard line following an Oakland punt. Raider cornerback Kent McCloughan jammed Packer split end Boyd Dowler at the line of scrimmage but then allowed him to head downfield, thinking that a safety would pick him up. However, McCloughan and left safety Howie Williams were both influenced by the Packer backs who were executing a "flood" pattern, with halfback Travis Williams and fullback Ben Wilson running pass routes to the same side as Dowler. Dowler ran a quick post and was wide open down the middle. He grabbed Starr's pass well behind middle linebacker Dan Conners, and right safety Rodger Bird could not get over quickly enough. Dowler outran the defense to score on a 62-yard touchdown reception, increasing the Packer lead to 13–0.
After being completely dominated until this point, the Raiders offense finally struck back their next possession, advancing 79 yards in 9 plays, and scoring on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Daryle Lamonica to receiver Bill Miller. The score seemed to fire up the Raiders' defense, and they forced the Packers to punt on their next drive. Raiders returner Rodger Bird gave them great field position with a 12-yard return to Green Bay's 40-yard line, but Oakland could only gain 1 yard with their next 3 plays and came up empty when George Blanda's 47-yard field goal attempt fell short of the goal posts. Oakland's defense again forced Green Bay to punt after 3 plays on the ensuing drive, but this time after calling for a fair catch, Bird fumbled punter Donny Anderson's twisting, left footed kick, and Green Bay's Dick Capp recovered the ball. After 2 incomplete passes, Starr threw a 9-yard completion to Dowler (despite a heavy rush from Ike Lassiter) to set up Chandler's third field goal from the 43 as time expired in the first half, giving the Packers a 16–7 lead.
Any chance the Raiders might have had to make a comeback seemed to completely vanish in the second half. The Packers had the ball three times in the third quarter, and held it for all but two and a half minutes. On the Packers second drive of the half starting at their own 17, Ben Wilson ripped up the middle for 14 yards on a draw play. Anderson picked up 8 yards on a sweep, and Wilson carried to within inches of the first down. Starr then pulled one of his favorite plays on third down and short yardage, faking to Wilson and completing a 35-yard pass to wide receiver Max McGee who had slipped past three Raiders at the line of scrimmage. This was McGee's only reception of the game, and the final one of his career. Starr then hit Carroll Dale on a sideline route at the Oakland 13. Starr overthrew Donny Anderson wide open in the end zone, but on the next play he rolled out to the right and threw back to Anderson who was tackled on the two by linebacker Gus Otto. The next play was a broken play, as Anderson thought he saw daylight to the right but ran into Starr. The Packers were not rattled, and the line and fullback Ben Wilson wiped out the Raiders on Anderson's 2-yard touchdown run over right tackle, making the score 23–7.
Packer guard Jerry Kramer must have taken to heart his plea to play the second half for Coach Lombardi. On this drive, game films show him blowing Dan Conners out of Wilson's path on the draw play, then flattening Conners again on Anderson's scoring run.
Again the Green Bay defense forced Oakland to go three-and-out, and the Raiders punted. The Packers drove from their own 39 to the Raider 24 and increased their lead to 26–7 as Chandler kicked his fourth field goal (which hit the crossbar from 31 yards out and bounced over).
Early in the fourth quarter, Starr was knocked out of the game when he jammed the thumb on his throwing hand on a sack by Davidson. (Starr was replaced by Zeke Bratkowski, who was then sacked on his only pass attempt.) But later in the period, the Packers put the game completely out of reach when defensive back Herb Adderley intercepted a pass intended for Fred Biletnikoff and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown, making the score 33–7. Adderley laid back as the Raider end ran a curl route, then dashed in front of him to snare the ball and scored with the help of a crushing downfield block by tackle Ron Kostelnik.
Oakland did manage to score on their next drive after the turnover with a second 23-yard touchdown pass from Lamonica to Miller, set up by Pete Banaszak's 41-yard reception on the previous play. But all the Raiders' second touchdown did was make the final score look remotely more respectable, 33–14.
At the end of the game, coach Lombardi was carried off the field by his victorious Packers in one of the more memorable images of early Super Bowl history. It was in fact Lombardi's last game as Packer coach and his ninth consecutive playoff victory.
Oakland's Bill Miller was the top receiver of the game with 5 receptions for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns. Green Bay fullback Ben Wilson was the leading rusher of the game with 62 yards despite missing most of the fourth quarter while looking for a lost contact lens on the sidelines. Don Chandler ended his Packer career in style with 4 field goals. Lamonica finished the game with 15 out of 34 pass completions for 208 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Bart Starr completed 13 of 24 (with a couple of dropped passes) for 202 yards and one touchdown; his passer rating for the game was 96.2 to Lamonica's 71.7. The Packers outgained the Raiders in rushing yardage 160 to 107, led in time of possession by 35:54 to 24:06, had no turnovers, and only one penalty. Packer guard Jerry Kramer later recalled the mental mistakes his team made in the game, which only highlights the impossibly high standards held by Lombardi's team.
Sources:The NFL's Official Encyclopedic History of Professional Football, (1973), p. 139, Macmillan Publishing Co. New York, NY, LCCN 73-3862, NFL.com Super Bowl II, Super Bowl II Play Finder GB, Super Bowl II Play Finder Oak
|Green Bay Packers||Oakland Raiders|
|First downs rushing||11||5|
|First downs passing||7||10|
|First downs penalty||1||1|
|Third down efficiency||5/16||3/11|
|Fourth down efficiency||1/1||0/0|
|Net yards rushing||160||107|
|Yards per rush||3.9||5.4|
|Passing – Completions/attempts||13/24||15/34|
|Times sacked-total yards||4–40||3–22|
|Net yards passing||162||186|
|Total net yards||322||293|
|Punt returns-total yards||5–35||3–12|
|Kickoff returns-total yards||3–49||7–127|
|Interceptions-total return yards||1–60||0–0|
|Time of possession||35:54||24:06|
1Completions/attempts 2Carries 3Long gain 4Receptions 5Times targeted
The following records were set or tied in Super Bowl II, according to the official NFL.com boxscore and the ProFootball reference.com game summary. Some records have to meet NFL minimum number of attempts to be recognized. The minimums are shown (in parenthesis).
|Player Records Set|
|Most points scored, game||15 (4 FG 3 PAT)||Don Chandler(GB)|
|Most points scored, career||20 (4 FG 8 PAT)|
|Longest scoring play||62 yd reception||Boyd Dowler(GB)|
|Most attempts, game||34||Daryle Lamonica|
|Most attempts, career||47||Bart Starr|
|Most completions, career||29|
percentage, career, (40 attempts)
|Highest passer rating,
career, (40 attempts)
|Most passing yards, career||452 yds|
|Longest pass||62 yds (TD)|
|Highest average gain,
career (40 attempts)
|9.6 yds (452-47)|
|Most attempts, without
|Lowest percentage, passes
had intercepted, career, (40 attempts)
|Most touchdown passes, career||3|
|Most yards, game||62 yds||Ben Wilson(GB)|
|Most yards, career||62 yds|
|Longest run from scrimmage||32 yards||Larry Todd(Oak)|
|Highest average gain,
game (10 attempts)
|4.5 yds (54-12)||Hewritt Dixon(Oak)|
|Longest Reception||62 yds||Boyd Dowler|
|Longest Touchdown Reception||62 yds|
|Most receptions, career||8||Max McGee(GB)|
|Most yards, career||173 yds|
|Highest average gain, career (8 receptions)||21.6 yards (8-173)|
|Combined yardage records|
|Most yards gained, career||173 yds||Max McGee|
|Most fumbles recovered, game||1||Dick Capp(GB)|
J. R. Williamson(Oak)
|Most fumbles recovered, career||1|
|Most interception yards gained, game||60 yds||Herb Adderley(GB)|
|Most interception yards gained, career||60 yds|
|Longest interception return||60 yds|
|Most interceptions returned for td, game||1|
|Most sacks, game ‡||3||Willie Davis(GB)|
|Most sacks, career ‡||4.5|
|Highest punting average, game (4 punts)||44.0 yds (6-264)||Mike Eischeid(Oak)|
|Most punt returns, game||5||Willie Wood(GB)|
|Most punt returns, career||6|
|Most punt return yards gained, game||35 yds|
|Most punt return yards gained, career||33 yds|
|Longest punt return||31 yds|
|Highest average, punt return
yardage, career (4 returns)
|5.5 yds (33-6)|
|Most field goals attempted, game||4||Don Chandler|
|Most field goals attempted, career||4|
|Most field goals made, game||4|
|Most field goals made, career||4|
|Most 40-plus yard field goals, game||1|
|Longest field goal||43 yds|
|Most (one point) extra points, career||8|
|Player Records Tied|
|Most interceptions, game||1||Herb Adderley|
|Most interceptions, career||1|
|Most fumbles, game||1||Pete Banaszak(Oak) |
|Most fumbles, career||1|
|Most punts, career||7||Donny Anderson(GB)|
|Most touchdown passes, game||2||Daryle Lamonica|
|Most interceptions thrown, game||1|
|Most interceptions thrown, career||1|
|Most rushing attempts, game||17||Ben Wilson|
|Most rushing attempts, career||17|
|Most receiving touchdowns, game||2||Bill Miller(Oak)|
|Most receiving touchdowns, career||2|
|Most touchdowns, career||2|
|Team Records Set |
|Most Super Bowl appearances||2||Packers|
|Most Super Bowl victories||2|
|Most consecutive Super Bowl appearances||2|
|Most consecutive Super Bowl victories||2|
|Smallest margin of victory||19 pts||Packers|
|Most points scored, first half||16 pts|
|Most points, second quarter||13 pts|
|Largest halftime margin||9 pts|
|Largest lead, end of 3rd quarter||19 pts|
|Fewest points, first half||7 pts||Raiders|
|Touchdowns, Field Goals|
|Most touchdowns, losing team||2||Raiders|
|Longest touchdown scoring drive||82 yds||Packers|
|Most field goals attempted||4|
|Most field goals made||4|
|Most rushing attempts||41||Packers|
|Most rushing yards (net)||160 yds|
|Highest average gain
per rush attempt
|5.35 yds||Raiders |
|Most passing attempts||34||Raiders|
|Fewest passes completed||13||Packers|
|Lowest completion percentage
|Fewest yards passing (net)||162 yds||Packers|
|Fewest times intercepted||0|
|Fewest first downs||16||Raiders|
|Most first downs rushing||11||Packers|
|Fewest first downs passing||7||Packers|
|Most yards gained by
|Most touchdowns scored by
|Most yards allowed in a win||293|
|Most fumbles, game||3||Raiders|
|Most fumbles lost, game||2|
|Most fumbles recovered, game||2||Packers|
|Most turnovers, game||3||Raiders|
|Fewest turnovers, game||0||Packers|
|Most kickoff returns, game||7||Raiders|
|Fewest yards gained, game||49 yds||Packers|
|Lowest average, game (4 punts)||39.0 yds||Packers|
|Most punt returns, game||5||Packers|
|Most yards gained, game||35 yds|
|Fewest yards gained, game||12 yds||Raiders|
|Highest average return yardage,
game (3 returns)
|7.0 yds||Packers |
|Fewest penalties, game||1||Packers|
|Fewest yards penalized, game||12 yds|
|Team Records Tied|
|Most points, fourth quarter||7 pts||Packers |
|Most first downs, penalty||1|
|Most Super Bowl losses||1||Raiders|
|Fewest rushing touchdowns||0|
|Most times intercepted||1|
|Most passing touchdowns||2|
|Fewest punt returns, game||3|
|Most penalties, game||4|
|Fewest times sacked||3|
|Fewest passing touchdowns||1||Packers|
|Most Interceptions by||1|
|Fewest kickoff returns, game||3|
Turnovers are defined as the number of times losing the ball on interceptions and fumbles.
|Records Set, both team totals |
|Points, Both Teams|
|Most points||47 pts||33||14|
|Fewest points scored, first half||23 pts||16||7|
|Most points scored, second half||24 pts||17||7|
|Most points, second quarter||20 pts||13||7|
|Most points, fourth quarter||14 pts||7||7|
|Field Goals, Extra Points, Both Teams|
|Most field goals attempted||5||4||1|
|Most field goals made||4||4||0|
|Fewest (one point) PATs||5||(3-3)||(2-2)|
|Net yards, Both Teams|
|Most net yards,
rushing and passing
|Rushing, Both Teams|
|Most rushing attempts||61||41||20|
|Most rushing yards (net)||267 yds||160||107|
|Passing, Both Teams|
|Most passing attempts||58||24||34|
|Fewest yards passing (net)||348 yds||162||186|
|Fewest times intercepted||1||0||1|
|First Downs, Both Teams|
|Fewest first downs||35||19||16|
|Most first downs rushing||16||11||5|
|Fewest first downs, passing||17||7||10|
|Most first downs, penalty||2||1||1|
|Defense, Both Teams|
|Fewest sacks by||7||4||3|
|Fewest interceptions by||1||1||0|
|Most yards gained by
|Fumbles, Both Teams|
|Most fumbles lost||2||0||2|
|Turnovers, Both Teams|
|Kickoff returns, Both Teams|
|Most kickoff returns||10||3||7|
|Fewest yards gained||176 yds||49||127|
|Punting, Both Teams|
|Most punts, game||12||6||6|
|Punt returns, Both Teams|
|Most punt returns, game||8||5||3|
|Most yards gained, game||47 yds||35||12|
|Penalties, Both Teams|
|Fewest penalties, game||5||1||4|
|Fewest yards penalized||43||12||31|
|Records Tied, both team totals|
|Most passing touchdowns||3||1||2|
|Boyd Dowler||SE||Bill Miller|
|Bob Skoronski||LT||Bob Svihus|
|Gale Gillingham||LG||Gene Upshaw‡|
|Ken Bowman||C||Jim Otto‡|
|Jerry Kramer‡||RG||Wayne Hawkins|
|Forrest Gregg‡||RT||Harry Schuh|
|Marv Fleming||TE||Billy Cannon|
|Carroll Dale||FL||Fred Biletnikoff‡|
|Bart Starr‡||QB||Daryle Lamonica|
|Donny Anderson||HB||Pete Banaszak|
|Ben Wilson||FB||Hewritt Dixon|
|Willie Davis‡||LE||Ike Lassiter|
|Ron Kostelnik||LT||Dan Birdwell|
|Henry Jordan‡||RT||Tom Keating|
|Lionel Aldridge||RE||Ben Davidson|
|Dave Robinson‡||LLB||Bill Laskey|
|Ray Nitschke‡||MLB||Dan Conners|
|Lee Roy Caffey||RLB||Gus Otto|
|Herb Adderley‡||LCB||Kent McCloughan|
|Bob Jeter||RCB||Willie Brown‡|
|Tom Brown||LS||Warren Powers|
|Willie Wood‡||RS||Howie Williams|
Note: A seven-official system was not used until 1978
The 1967 American Football League season was the eighth regular season of the American Football League.
The season ended when the Oakland Raiders (13–1) hosted the Houston Oilers (9–4–1) in the AFL championship game on December 31. The Raiders won 40–7 and then met the NFL's Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl II two weeks later, won by Green Bay, 33–14.1967 Dallas Cowboys season
The 1967 Dallas Cowboys season was their eighth in the league. The team posted a 9–5 record and won the new four-team Capitol Division. The Cowboys hosted the Century Division winner Cleveland Browns at the Cotton Bowl and won 52–14 for the Eastern Conference title. This gained a rematch the following week for the NFL title with the two-time defending champion Green Bay Packers. Played in frigid sub-zero and windy conditions at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on December 31, the Packers scored a late touchdown to win by four points for their third consecutive NFL title. Green Bay easily won Super Bowl II two weeks later over the Oakland Raiders.1967 Green Bay Packers season
The 1967 Green Bay Packers season was their 49th season overall and their 47th season in the National Football League and resulted in a 9–4–1 record and a victory in Super Bowl II. The team beat the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Championship Game, a game commonly known as the "Ice Bowl," which marked the second time the Packers had won an NFL-record third consecutive NFL championship, having also done so in 1931 under team founder Curly Lambeau. In the playoff era (since 1933), it remains the only time a team has won three consecutive NFL titles.
The Packers were led by ninth-year head coach Vince Lombardi and veteran quarterback Bart Starr, in his twelfth season. Green Bay's victory in Super Bowl II over the Oakland Raiders was the fifth world championship for the Packers under Lombardi and the last game he coached for the Packers.1967 NFL season
The 1967 NFL season was the 48th regular season of the National Football League. The league expanded to 16 teams with the addition of the New Orleans Saints.
The two 8-team conferences were split into two divisions each: the Eastern Conference divisions were Capitol (Dallas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Washington) and Century (Cleveland, New York, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis), and the Western Conference divisions were Central (Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, and Minnesota) and Coastal (Atlanta, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and San Francisco). Each division winner advanced to the playoffs, expanded to four teams in this year. The Saints and the New York Giants agreed to switch divisions in 1968 and return to the 1967 alignment in 1969. This was done to allow all Eastern Conference teams to visit New York at least once over the three-year period.
The NFL season concluded on December 31, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Championship Game (known as the "Ice Bowl"). Two weeks later, on January 14, 1968, the Packers handily defeated the AFL's Oakland Raiders 33–14 in Super Bowl II at Miami's Orange Bowl. This was Vince Lombardi's final game as the Packers' head coach. At the time, it was officially the "AFL-NFL World Championship Game," though the more succinct "Super Bowl" was commonly used.
The Baltimore Colts had tied for the NFL's best record in 1967 at 11–1–2, but were excluded from the postseason because of new rules introduced for breaking ties within a division. The L.A. Rams won the division title over Baltimore as a result of the Rams' 34–10 win over Baltimore on the last game of the regular season and a 24–24 tie in Baltimore in mid-October. L.A. had a 24-point edge over Baltimore in head-to-head meetings, giving them the tiebreaker and the Coastal division title. The other three division winners had only nine victories each. A total of nine NFL games ended in ties, the most since 1932 - including the two ties in the AFL (considered official NFL records since the merger) makes this the only season since 1932 with ten or more tied games.
Prior to 1975, the playoff sites rotated and were known prior to the start of the season. The hosts in 1967 were the Capitol and Central division winners for the conference championships (first round), and the Western Conference for the championship game. The 1968 playoff hosts were Century, Coastal, and Eastern, respectively, and 1969 was like 1967.1967 Oakland Raiders season
The 1967 Oakland Raiders season was the team's eighth in Oakland. Under the command of second-year head coach John Rauch, the Raiders went 13–1 (an AFL record) and captured their first Western Division title. The addition of strong-armed quarterback Daryle Lamonica greatly energized the Raiders' vertical passing game. Additionally, the Raiders added Gene Upshaw, Willie Brown, and George Blanda to their roster during the 1967 offseason. All three players would eventually be elected to the Hall of Fame.
The Raiders routed the Houston Oilers in the 1967 AFL Championship Game. The victory allowed them to advance to Super Bowl II, where they were soundly defeated by the NFL champion Green Bay Packers. The Raiders would ultimately finish the season with a record of 14–2.
The 1967 season was a massive breakthrough for the Raiders organization. Between 1967 and 1985, the team would go on win twelve division titles and three Super Bowl championships.1972 Green Bay Packers season
The 1972 Green Bay Packers season was their 54th season overall and their 52nd season in the National Football League. The club posted a 10–4 record under second-year head coach Dan Devine, earning them the NFC Central division title. The Packers returned to the playoffs after a four-year drought; their most recent division title was in 1967, completing that postseason with a decisive win in Super Bowl II in January 1968.
In 1972, Green Bay entered the penultimate regular season game at Minnesota on December 10 with an 8–4 record. The Vikings (7–5) had won the season's earlier game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay by breaking a fourth quarter tie with two interceptions for touchdowns. This time, the Packers overcame a 7–0 halftime deficit at Metropolitan Stadium with 23 unanswered points to clinch the division title. Running back John Brockington became the first in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, and did it again the following season.
Placekicker Chester Marcol established an NFL rookie record for field goals in a season (since broken). It was the fifteenth and final season of hall of fame linebacker Ray Nitschke.
The Packers' next division title came 23 years later, in 1995.Bill Budness
William Walter Budness (January 30, 1943 – January 24, 2018) was a professional American football player who played linebacker for seven seasons for the Oakland Raiders.
He played in three consecutive AFL title games (1967, 1968, and 1969),
with his team winning in 1967, earning the right to play in Super Bowl II.He is considered one of the best linebackers to play for Boston University where he graduated in 1964 with a degree in Education.After retiring from professional football, he put his degree to work, teaching gym at Greenfield High School, in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
William W. Budness, son of the late William and Charlotte (Ludwin) Budness died peacefully on January 24, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones at Paradise Senior Living in Georgetown, DE.Bob Long
Robert Andrew "Bob" Long (born June 16, 1942) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League who played in the 1960s and 1970s and earned two Super Bowl rings. He attended suburban Pittsburgh's Washington Township High School (near Apollo), and Wichita State University. His seven-year pro-career was spent with both the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins. He was an instrumental part of Vince Lombardi's wins at Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II. Long was inducted into the State of Kansas Hall of Fame in 1965 and the Wichita State Hall of Fame in 1972. Recently, in 2008 he was added to the Western Chapter of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
After being a Third Team All American at Wichita State University, Bob was drafted in the fourth round by the Green Bay Packers in 1964. He played on the Green Bay teams that won the NFL Championship in 1965, and won the first two Super Bowls in 1966 and 1967. That Packers team is the only team in NFL history to win three championships in a row.
After joining the Atlanta Falcons in 1968, Long reunited with Lombardi in 1969 with the Washington Redskins. He spent his final season with the Los Angeles Rams in 1970.
Long was the only active player ever to play for both the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins under Vince Lombardi and is part of the "Lombardi Legends."
He has been very active in charity events in the state of Wisconsin. He served as President of NFLPA Retirees for Wisconsin. He has raised over $1,500,000 for various charities with the Long Journey to the Super Bowl Raffle. He works tirelessly for the Ray Nitschke Foundation, Special Olympics, Task Force Against Family violence and Alzheimers. He also brought the first Pizza Hut to northern Wisconsin from 1968–1979.Boyd Dowler
Boyd Hamilton Dowler (born October 18, 1937) is a former professional football player, a wide receiver in the National Football League. He played twelve seasons from 1959 to 1971, eleven with the Green Bay Packers and one with the Washington Redskins.
Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming, Dowler grew up in Cheyenne, where his father Walter was a high school history teacher. He was also a former football coach who had played college football at Wyoming. Boyd was a three-sport athlete at Cheyenne High School. He played college football at the University of Colorado as a single-wing quarterback under head coach Dal Ward.
Dowler led the Big Seven conference in receiving as a junior in 1957, but spent more time as a passer and runner during his senior season. While at Colorado, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
The 25th overall pick in the 1959 NFL Draft, Dowler was the NFL rookie of the year in 1959, Vince Lombardi's first season as head coach. Dowler was a two-time Pro Bowler in 1965 and 1967, and a key contributor on the Packers dynasty in the 1960s, assisting the team to five NFL championship wins and victories in Super Bowls I and II. A late hit by Dallas Cowboys defensive back Mike Gaechter in the end zone following a third quarter touchdown catch resulted in a shoulder injury in the 1966 NFL Championship Game. Dowler aggravated the shoulder early in the first quarter of the first Super Bowl two weeks later, allowing seldom-used Max McGee to be a significant contributor in the game with two touchdown catches. Dowler made a big impact the following year in Super Bowl II with a 62-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Bart Starr in the first half. He finished the game as the top receiver for the Packers, with two receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. Dowler is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team.
After eleven seasons with the Packers ending in 1969, Dowler played one year for the Washington Redskins in 1971.
Dowler retired with a career record of 474 receptions for 7,270 yards and 40 touchdowns. He led the Packers in receptions for seven seasons.
Dowler is currently a scout for the Atlanta Falcons.Dan Archer
Daniel G. "Dan" Archer (born September 29, 1944) is a former American football offensive tackle in the American Football League. he played college football at the University of Oregon, and then professionally for the Oakland Raiders in 1967 and for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1968. He currently lives in Mill Valley, California.
Raised in Modesto, California, Mr. Archer studied architecture for four years at the University of Oregon, but drafted by the Army before receiving his degree. He instead joined the Army Reserves, which afforded him the opportunity to play professional football for over two years; the highlight of this brief career was his participation in Super Bowl II with the Oakland Raiders. He finished his education and received his degree in 1971 in architecture, with honors, from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a licensed architect with interests in theater, classical music and bicycling. He is married and has two sons and one daughter and has lived in Mill Valley, California since 1982.Fred Biletnikoff
Frederick S. Biletnikoff (born February 23, 1943) is a former gridiron football player and coach. He was a wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders in the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons and later an assistant coach with the team. He retired as an NFL player after the 1978 season, and then played one additional season in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Montreal Alouettes in 1980. While he lacked the breakaway speed to be a deep-play threat, Biletnikoff was one of the most sure-handed and consistent receivers of his day. He was also known for running smooth, precise pass routes. He is a member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1988) and College Football Hall of Fame (1991).
Biletnikoff attended Florida State University, where he played college football for the Florida State Seminoles football team and earned consensus All-America honors after leading the country in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns as a senior. The Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the most outstanding receiver in NCAA Division I FBS, is named in his honor.
Through his AFL and NFL career, Biletnikoff recorded 589 receptions for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns, and had a then-league-record 10 straight seasons of 40 or more receptions. He accomplished these numbers at a time when teams emphasized running over passing. With the Raiders, Biletnikoff played in the second AFL-NFL World Championship game—retroactively known as Super Bowl II—and in Super Bowl XI, in which he was named the game's MVP in a victory over the Minnesota Vikings. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, he also played two AFL All-Star games, three AFL title games, and five AFC championship games.Ike Lassiter
Isaac "Ike" Thomas Lassiter (November 15, 1940 – February 15, 2015) was an American college and professional football defensive lineman. He is an alumnus of St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he received a bachelor's degree in physical education. Lassiter played professionally for the American Football League's Denver Broncos and the AFL's Oakland Raiders, where he was an AFL All-Star in 1966. He played as the starting left defensive end in Super Bowl II for the 1967 Raiders. In the 1967 regular season on a Raiders team with a won-lost record of 13–1, he was one of the main pass-rushers of a front four including Dan Birdwell, Tom Keating (American football), and Ben Davidson with a combined league-leading total of 67 sacks and 665 yards lost, the latter an all-time record, the all-time record for sacks being 72, done in a 16-game season, the Raiders leading the league in sacks from 1966 to 1968, an all-time record.He ended his NFL career with the Boston Patriots/New England Patriots in 1970 and 1971. Lassiter was traded to the Washington Redskins in 1972, but did not make the team. He sat out the next two seasons, but played for the Jacksonville Sharks in 1974 in the World Football League. He retired to Oakland, California and died on February 15, 2015.Jim Weatherwax
James Michael Weatherwax (born January 9, 1943) is a former American football player. He played professionally as a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for the Green Bay Packers. He played college football at California State University, Los Angeles and West Texas A&M University.
Weatherwax was drafted by the Packers in the 11th round with the 150th overall pick of the 1965 NFL draft. He played 34 games during three seasons, 1966, 1967, and 1969, with Green Bay. Weatherwax was a member of Green Bay's Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II championship teams.
After his football career was over, Weatherwax worked as a manager and was part owner of a Marie Callender's restaurant in El Toro, California. He is now retired living in Northern Colorado. He was honored as a member of the Redlands High School and California State University, Los Angeles halls of fame.John Rauch
John Rauch (August 20, 1927 – June 10, 2008), also known by his nickname Johnny Rauch, was an American football player and coach. He was head coach of the Oakland Raiders in the team's loss to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl II in 1968.John Rowser
John Felix Rowser (born April 24, 1944) was an American football player, a defensive back in the National Football League for ten seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Denver Broncos.
In his rookie season, he was a member of the Packers' Super Bowl II championship team, Vince Lombardi's last title. He played college football at the University of Michigan as a cornerback and halfback, from 1963 to 1966.List of Super Bowl halftime shows
Halftime shows are a tradition during American football games at all levels of competition. Entertainment during the Super Bowl, the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), represents a fundamental link to pop culture, which helps broaden the television audience and nationwide interest. As the Super Bowl itself is typically the most-watched event on television in the United States annually, the halftime show has been equally-viewed in recent years: the halftime show of Super Bowl XLIX featuring Katy Perry was viewed by 118.5 million, as part of an overall telecast that peaked at 120.3 million at its conclusion—the most-watched television broadcast in U.S. history. The NFL announced that the Super Bowl LI halftime show, with Lady Gaga was the "most-watched musical event of all-time," citing a figure of 150 million viewers based on the television audience, as well as unique viewership of video postings of the halftime show on the league's platforms, and social media interactions (a metric that was never calculated prior to 2017). The show was seen by 117.5 million television viewers, making it the second-highest-rated halftime show on network broadcast.Prior to the early 1990s, the halftime show was based around a theme, and featured university marching bands (the Grambling State University Marching Band has performed at the most Super Bowl halftime shows, featuring in six shows including at least one per decade from the 1960s to the 1990s), drill teams, and other performance ensembles such as Up with People. Beginning in 1991, the halftime show began to feature pop music acts such as New Kids on the Block and Gloria Estefan. In an effort to boost the prominence of the halftime show to increase viewer interest, Super Bowl XXVII featured a headlining performance by Michael Jackson. After Super Bowl XXXVIII, whose halftime show featured an incident where Justin Timberlake exposed one of Janet Jackson's breasts, the halftime show began to feature classic rock acts until the return of headlining pop musicians in 2011.Ray Wietecha
Raymond Walter Wietecha (November 2, 1928 – December 14, 2002) was an American football center in the National Football League for the New York Giants. He played college football at Northwestern University and Michigan State University.
Following his retirement, Wietecha entered coaching and was the offensive coordinator under Vince Lombardi in Green Bay when the Packers won Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II.
1963-1964 Los Angeles Rams (OL)
1965-1970 Green Bay Packers (OC)
1972-1976 New York Giants (OL)In 2012, the Professional Football Researchers Association named Wietecha to the PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2012Stan Javie
Stanley "Stan" Javie (December 7, 1919 – December 30, 2002) was an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) for 30 years until the conclusion of the 1980 NFL season. Working as a back judge, Javie was assigned four Super Bowls; Super Bowl II, Super Bowl VIII, Super Bowl X, and Super Bowl XIV; one of the first officials to reach such an achievement. Javie was also notable for being one of the few officials to wear eyeglasses/sunglasses on the playing field during a game. Javie wore the number 29 for the majority of his career. For the 1979 and 1980 NFL seasons, Javie wore the number 6.
He graduated from St. John's High School, Philadelphia and later coached three sports at that school for several years. In addition, Javie was a basketball coach at Malvern Preparatory School, while serving as a football and basketball official. Stan Javie was inducted the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame on June 23, 2011, in Troy, Michigan.