Super Bowl II

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The Second AFL-NFL World Championship Game was held in Miami's famed Orange Bowl on January 14, 1968 and was, in ways, a stark contrast to the previous year's event. Proprietary broadcasting rights of NBC and CBS covering the AFL and NFL, respectively, allowed both networks to air the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game. However, exclusive rights to the Second AFL-NFL World Championship Game were owned solely by CBS and this thereby became the first title game broadcast by a single network. Due to the single network coverage, the television ratings for Super Bowl II nearly doubled the previous year's numbers. This was also the first time that any NFL or AFL game cleared $3 million in gate receipts. Super Bowl II was played in front of a sold out crowd of 75,546 fans, whereas 33,000 seats in Los Angeles Coliseum during Super Bowl I sat vacant. However, what was reminiscent of Super Bowl I was Green Bay's utter dominance of their AFL opponent, on full display to the capacity crowd.

The game featured the best team in the AFL with the best record for the second straight season as the 13-1 Oakland Raiders faced the Green Bay Packers (9-4-1), who suffered through retirements and injuries, but were still considered the superior team. Entering Super Bowl I, Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr was the unanimous choice for the NFL MVP, but as Green Bay made a run at the World Championship title for the second consecutive year, he failed to approach his 1966 numbers due to injuries. Oakland's field general Daryle Lamonica, on the other hand, led all quarterbacks, NFL or AFL, in passing yards (3,228) and passing touchdowns (30) and the Raiders were the highest scoring team, with 468 points, of either league.

The Raiders defense, known as "The 11 Angry Men", were a relatively equal match to the veteran Packers defense and both led their teams to the championship game. The Green Bay Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 for the second straight year in the NFL Championship Game that was later dubbed the "Ice Bowl" due to the −15 °F weather at game-time. (This is still considered one of the greatest games in NFL history.) The Raiders also triumphed, pummeling the Houston Oilers 40-7in the AFL Championship Game to secure the Super Bowl II matchup against the Pack.
 
Unfortunately for the Raiders, the Second AFL-NFL Championship Game, or Super Bowl II, was not too dissimilar to the Super Bowl I. From the opening drive, Packers Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Nitschke set the tone as he upended Raiders fullback Hewritt Dixon for no gain. Green Bay began the scoring as placekicker Don Chandler kicked his first of four field goals after Starr and the Packers back 34 yards on their first possession. Oakland managed to score a touchdown in the second quarter on a 24-yard TD pass from Lamonica to Bill Miller followed by an extra point by legendary jack-of-all-trades George Blanda. As the Packers started on their own 38, Starr faked a hand off and hit wide out Boyd Dowler with a play action pass, which Dowler ran 62 yards for the first touchdown of the game. Green Bay took a 16-7 lead into the locker room at half. Speculation swirled throughout the week leading up to the big game about the future of legendary coach Vince Lombardi and Hall of Fame guard Jerry Kramer led his teammates saying "Let's play the last 30 minutes for the old man!" knowing this was Lombardi's last game.
 
The second half played out much the way the first half did with the Packers scoring on a two-yard carry by halfback Donny Anderson and then Herb Adderley had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Raiders once again got a 23-yard pass from Lamonica to Miller followed by a Blanda kick to cap off their scoring. The final score was 33-14 in favor of the Green Bay Packers, winning their second consecutive Super Bowl. After going 13-for-24 for 202 passing yards and one touchdown pass, Bart Starr was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl II, or the Second AFL-NFL World Championship Game, accepting the award for the second consecutive year. The championship game marked the last game that Vince Lombardi coached in the NFL and his team fittingly ushered him out of the stadium. Hall of Fame linemen Forrest Gregg and Kramer hoisted their coach onto their shoulders, carrying Lombardi out of Lambeau Field for the final time. The image is one of the most iconic photographs ever taken in NFL history as Vince broke from his stoic and intense demeanor and grinned from ear-to-ear as his boys gave him a send off befitting a king.

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