Green Bay Packers -13.5, O/U 43 (9-4-1) vs. Oakland Raiders +13.5, O/U 43 (13-1) Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida January 14, 1968 3:00 p.m. EST, TV: CBS, Attendance: 75,546, Weather: 86 degrees partly cloudy.
By Wilson of Predictem.com
Superbowl 2 had a familiar face in the Green Bay Packers who were making their second consecutive appearance, and the Oakland Raiders with their first trip to the championship game. Green Bay was by no means a shoe-in for Superbowl II as both of their starting running backs, Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor from Superbowl 1 had left the team and their reserve RBs Elijah Pitts and Jim Grabowski were injured to start out the season.
The Packers QB, 33 year old Bart Starr missed 4 games during the season to injury and tossed double the amount of INTs. However, it was the Green Bay defense that ranked third in the league and only allowed 131 points through their first 11 games. By the time of the playoffs, the Packers were playing once again like a Superbowl caliber team as they defeated the Los Angeles Rams 28-7 and then knocked off the Dallas Cowboys in the famous “Ice Bowl” to earn their way back to the Super Bowl.
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The Oakland Raiders appeared to be the real deal as their record heading into “the big game” was nearly perfect at 13-1 with their only defeat coming at the hands of the New York Jets 27-14.
After destroying the Houston Oilers in the AFL Championship game 40-7 the Raiders seemed poised to take down the favored Packers. Oakland had a powerful offensive line with guys like Gene Upshaw, Harry Schuh, and Wayne Hawkins.
WR Fred Biletnikoff was averaging 21 yards per catch and running back trio Clem Daniels, Hewritt Dixon, and Pete Banaszak rushed for a combined 1500 yards and 10 touchdowns during the season.
The backbone of the Raiders was their defense known as The 11 Angry Men which included RT Tom Keating, DE Ben Davidson, MLB Dan Connors, and CB Willie Brown.
The Packers got on the board first after going 34 yards on their first drive which set up a Don Chandler 39-yard field goal. Meanwhile the Raiders failed to score in the first quarter and had to punt the ball away twice.
In the second quarter the Packers would add to their lead with another Chandler FG from 20 yards out. In addition to the FG, Green Bay converted a huge play from their own 38 yard-line when QB Bart Starr ran a play action fake handoff and then connected with Boyd Dowler for a 62-yard TD and a 13-0 lead. The Raiders finally made it a game when QB Daryle Lamonica hit Bill Miller for a 23-yard TD pass and a George Blanda kick to bring the Raiders within striking distance at 13-7. Before the end of the first half the Packers tacked on yet another Chandler FG from 43 yards out and headed into halftime with a 16-7 advantage.
The third quarter was all Green Bay as they added another TD and a FG. The TD was on a 2-yard run by Donny Anderson and the FG, Chandlers fourth of the day from 31 yards out. The end of the third quarter left the Packers in the lead at 26-7.
The fourth and final quarter of the game was again in the Packers hands as they scored their final TD of the day when Herb Adderly ran back a 60-yard interception return to make it 33-7. The Raiders would score another TD on a Lamonica pass to Miller to finish the game at 33-14 in favor of the Pack.
Final Score: Green Bay 33, Oakland 14
MVP: Bart Starr, QB
Primetime Players: Bart Starr (13/24, 202 yds, 1 TD) Don Chandler (4 FGs)
Head Coaches: Green Bay: Vince Lombardi Oakland: John Rauch
Winners Bonus: $16,000
Losers Bonus: $8,000
Coin Toss: Jack Vest (game referee)
National Anthem: Grambling State University Band
Halftime Show: Grambling State University Band
30-Second Commercial: $54,000.00
Behind the Scenes Story
The big talk around this Super Bowl game was actually not who would win, but rather if the legendary coach Vince Lombardi was going to retire or not. Lombardi of course did retire after this game. Also, Packer players Max McGee and Don Chandler hung up their cleats as well.
On another note, Super Bowl II was the first Super Bowl televised live on just one network, CBS, and it has been that way ever since depending on what network bid the most for the game. Recently the Super Bowl has been televised live on the FOX.