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Super Bowl II - Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers - 2nd Half -
March 9, 2013
Super Bowl II -2nd Half - Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers
The Second AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professional American football, later known as Super Bowl II, was played on January 14, 1,968 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The National Football League (NFL) champion Green Bay Packers defeated the American Football League (AFL) champion Oakland Raiders by the score of 33--14.
Coming into this game, like during the first Super Bowl, many sports writers and fans believed that any team in the NFL was vastly superior to any club in the AFL. The Packers, the defending Super Bowl I champions, posted a 9-4-1 record during the 1,967 NFL season before defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 21-17, in the 1,967 NFL Championship Game (also popularly known as the Ice Bowl). The Raiders finished the 1,967 AFL season at 13-1, and defeated the Houston Oilers, 40-7, in the 1,967 AFL Championship Game.
As expected, Green Bay dominated Oakland throughout most of Super Bowl II. The Raiders could only score two touchdown passes from quarterback Daryle Lamonica. Meanwhile, Packers kicker Don Chandler made four field goals, including three in the first half, while defensive back Herb Adderly has a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown. Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr was named the Super Bowl MVP for the second time for his 13 of 24 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown.
On Oakland's first offensive play, a sweep, Green Bay's Ray Nitschke shot through a gap and literally upended fullback Hewritt Dixon in what was one of Nitschke's signature plays of his entire career. The hit was so vicious, it prompted Jerry Green, a Detroit News columnist sitting in the press box with fellow journalists, to say in a deadpan, that the "game was over".
Despite Oakland's accomplishments, and expert consensus that this was the weakest of all the Packer NFL championship teams, Green Bay was a 14-point favorite to win the Super Bowl. Like the previous year, most fans and sports writers believed that the top NFL teams were superior to the best AFL teams. Thus, most of the drama and discussions surrounding the game focused not on which team would win, but on the rumors that Lombardi might retire from coaching after the game.
Indeed it was Vince Lombardi's last game as coach of the Green Bay Packers, marking the end of a remarkable era in the Packers' football history.
The game would also prove to be the final one for Packers wide receiver Max McGee, one of the heroes of Super Bowl I, and place kicker Don Chandler.
The game featured many future Pro Football Hall of Famers:
Packers: Vince Lombardi (head coach), Herb Adderly, Willie Davis, Forrest Gregg, Henry Jordan, Ray Nitschke, Dave Robinson, Bart Starr and Willie Wood.
Raiders: John Madden (linebackers coach), Fred Biletnikoff, George Blanda, Willie Brown, Jim Otto and Gene Upshaw.
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