Jets vs. Colts – Revisiting Super Bowl III

This morning I received an e mail from Mike Cardano of Xtra Point Football.  He is a fellow die hard Jets fan and was amazed at this past season, like everyone else.  He forwarded me an article from his site about Super Bowl III that was great to read.  Made me almost believe I was at the game from the statistics to the game footage.  For all of you Jets fans out thre, he is your chance to revisit Super Bowl III:

Written by MC3 Sports Media
superbowliiiIn talking to my kids yesterday I realized that while they know that Joe Namath and the NY Jets won Super Bowl III, they don’t really understand that magnitude of the game and what it meant to football today as we know it.I don’t know how many of you actually saw the game, or remember it if you did. I was just a little kid at the time and while my dad told me I saw it, anything I remember is from highlights I saw through the years. I’m going to be 43 this year and I realize from listening to sports talk radio and going to the games that I’m actually older than many of the fans, so there are many of you who have likely never seen the game.

I know almost everyone has heard about the game, but for all of you (even if you are not a Jets fan) who have never seen the game that changed football here it is in all its glory……

You’ll notice a few things from watching the game that are drastically different than today’s NFL games.

  • No headsets in the QB’s helmet. (For the younger generation) Peyton Manning isn’t the first one to call his own plays, all the QB’s used to have that responsibility. The coach put in the game plan during the week of practice before the game with the play choices that should be used and the QB called the plays on the field as he felt appropriate.
  • Kickers all used the straight on style and not all teams even had players that specialized in kicking. Very often “The best player who could kick” handled the kickoff, filed goal and punting duties. It was not uncommon to see a lineman kicking the ball.
  • The goal posts were on the goal line. An extra point that would normally be spotted on the three yard line and put down by the place holder on the ten yard line was a ten yard kick, not a twenty yard kick. So that 61 yard field goal that Sebastian Janikowski kicked from his own 49 yard line a few weeks ago would have only been a 51 yard field goal. A 61 yard field goal would be from your own 39 yard line!
  • The hash marks are spread outside the goal posts (college and high school are still like that today). You’ll notice when Jim Turner of the Jets has to kick a short field goal from the left hash mark it creates some unique problems.
  • No net catching the field goals as they come through the uprights and apparently no such thing as NFL security either (sign of the times) as the ball just goes through the uprights and fans and children kids come running on the field to fetch the ball.
  • While there may have been some trash talking in the trenches (it was football), there was no end zone dancing, no first down celebrations, no sack dances or anything of the like that could be misconstrued as unsportsman-like.
  • And watch the referees. There would never be a blown call in the NFL if they hustled like you’ll see here. They are literally part of the play….

Super Bowl III was the third AFL-NFL Championship Game in professional American football, but the first to officially bear the name “Super Bowl”. (Although the two previous AFL-NFL Championship Games came to be known, retroactively, as “Super Bowls”.)

The game was played on January 12, 1969 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida – the same location as Super Bowl II. Entering Super Bowl III, the NFL champion Colts were heavily favored to defeat the AFL champion Jets (the Jets were a 19 point underdog). Although the upstart AFL had successfully forced the long-established NFL into a merger agreement three years earlier, the AFL was not generally respected as having the same caliber of talent as the NFL. Plus, the AFL representatives were easily defeated in the first two Super Bowls.

This game is regarded as one of the greatest upsets in sports history as the (AFL) champion New York Jets (11-3) defeated the (NFL) champion Baltimore Colts (13-1) by a score 16-7. It was the first Super Bowl victory for the AFL.

The game itself wasn’t a particularly well played game and it didn’t have a dramatic finish. How exciting could the game have been when the MVP, Joe Namath, didn’t throw any touchdown passes and didn’t even throw a pass in the 4th quarter? In certainly didn’t finish with the drama of either of the last two Super Bowl’s we had.

Statistically the game was just about a dead heat in every category (except for the turnovers.) There were six turnovers in the game, 5 by the Colts. In fact, in large part the 5 turnovers by the Colts more than anything is the reason that they lost. Two of the INT’s were in the end zone.

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Some other Super Bowl Facts before your show starts………..

  • Anita Bryant sang the National Anthem
  • The Florida A&M University Marching Band played “America Thanks” (you know, like “The Who” is this year’s Super Bowl half time entertainment.
  • The Attendance was 75,389
  • It was televised on NBC (in Technicolor) with Kurt Gowdy, Al DeRogatis and Kyle Rote announcing the game.
  • A 30 second commercial cost $55,000

Enjoy the game…….

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