A lot has happened since 1967, Anita Franklin’s “Respect” is no longer the most popular song, while it is pretty damn good, and Battleship is no longer the game everyone wanted for Christmas. Things have changed a bit in 2019, the hottest song was Old Town Road by Lil Nas X, and gaming on online sites like Casumo, has become the new trend, but one thing that has not changed much is the match-up between Packers and Chiefs. It has been pretty amazing over the last 53 years.
The NFL’s first Super Bowl showcased Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers against Len Dawson and the Kansas City Chiefs. Two up and coming superstars in the NFL and two Hall of Famers.
Bart Starr would end up winning the MVP as he went 16-23 for 250 yards throwing 2 touchdown passes and one interception.
Len Dawson ended up completing 16 passes for 27 yards and 211 yards with one touchdown and one interception, according to Pro Football reference.
The difference in Super Bowl 1 was the Packers running game. Both Elijah Pitts and Jim Taylor rumbled for touchdowns. Three touchdowns came from rushing and Max McGee went off for 7 receptions and compiling 138 yards and two more touchdowns.
The Packers would end up winning the game 35-10 and the Chiefs could not get it going. They had only 19 rushes, and did not break 100 yards. Their leading receiver was Chris Burford who finished with 68 yards receiving.
The Chiefs offense could only mustard up 300 total yards. The Packers defense was dominate then. There were so many amazing plays that game, but the MVP would end up being Bart Starr.
Since 1967 there has not been many games between the two. Kansas City Chiefs lead the series 7-5-1, but get this, the Green Bay Packers have scored 270 points to the Kansas City Chiefs, 264 points.
The Packers have a two game winning streak going over the Chiefs, and would likely be favored in this game as well, but not by 14 points like they were in 1967.
I think Super Bowl 1 and this year have many similarities though. Both quarterbacks in Super Bowl 1 were phenomenal and the quarterbacks in 2020 are not too shabby themselves. Patrick Mahomes is probably the best young quarterback in the NFL and Aaron Rodgers is looking like a future Hall of Famer. The Packers have a solid running back in Aaron Jones who had a great season, and they have Devante Adams who is very similar to Max McGee a game changer. The Chiefs defense is rather suspect, but the biggest difference is the Chiefs have way more weapons then they did in 1967.
Travis Kelce is the best tight end in the NFL, Tyreek Hill is the fastest wide out in the league and when Sammy Watkins wants to show up he can be a top 5 wide receiver. Mahomes has weapons and Mahomes is a playmaker. The Chiefs also have a hell of a pass rush in Frank Clark, and Chris Jones.
I think this game is exactly what the NFL needs. The ticket prices for the game are super expensive right now, and while I would love to see the Cinderella story of the Tennessee Titans making it to the Super Bowl, I cannot see the Chiefs high powered offense losing this game. Patrick Mahomes has ice running through his veins and he proved that last week against the Texans who had a 24-0 after the first quarter and ended up losing and the Chiefs scoring 50 plus points.
The Packers have been off and on this year, and I think their defensive front is pretty solid and their young secondary has shown up quite a bit this year. This would be the best game from the four teams in the divisional championships in my opinion. I just find it awfully ironic that the Chiefs and Packers who played in Super Bowl 1 could end up facing each other in the NFL’s 100th year. Pretty cool to think about!
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