A Brief History
On January 15, 1967, the NFL Champion Green Bay Packers faced off with the American Football League Champion Kansas City Chiefs, defeating the Chiefs 35-10 in a game later called “The First Super Bowl.”
Back when there were 2 major professional football leagues, the people running those leagues got the bright and money-making idea to have a championship game between the respective league champions.
If you are too young to recall, that “First Super Bowl” was actually called the “AFL–NFL World Championship Game,” and the term “Super Bowl” did not come into use until the third such game, although the first 2 games were retroactively called “Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II.”
So far, 56 Super Bowl games have been played. Have you seen any of them in person?
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For more information, please see…
Horrigan, Joe. NFL Century: The One-Hundred-Year Rise of America’s Greatest Sports League. Crown, 2019.
National Football League. NFL 100. Harry N. Abrams, 2019.
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