Super Bowl II, or the NFL-AFL World Championship game as it was known at the time, was contested between the NFL champions Green Bay Packers and the AFL champions Oakland Raiders. Going into the game, the Packers were 13.5 point favorites. The game was played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida and ended in a 33-14 Packers victory.
The Ice Bowl Green Bay vs Dallas
On January 14, 1968, the Packers and Raiders played in the second World Championship game between the two leagues. The term Super Bowl would not be applied until after the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. Attendance of 75,000 was better than the previous year and the concept of the World Championship game began to catch on.
For the Packers, this was the second straight Super Bowl, having one the previous year against the Kansas City Chiefs. They defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the Ice Bowl for the right to advance to this Super Bowl. The Raiders defeated the Houston Oilers to earn a Super Bowl berth. A loss to the New York Jets was the only blot on their regular season record.
AFL-NFL World Championship Game
The Packers started the game reasonably on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. They scored on their first drive (although only one field goal) and forced the Raiders to punt on their first two drives. Although the Raiders rallied at halftime, the Packers still led 16–7.
Time in possession proved valuable in the third quarter, with Green Bay dominating the ball for thirteen of the fifteen minutes. This left Oakland with little opportunity to make up its deficit. The Packers increased their scoring to over twenty, while the Raiders looked stuck at seven. Oakland finally scored a second touchdown before time expired. The game ended with Green Bay’s second straight win.
Bart Starr Super Bowl MVP
Bart Starr was again named Super Bowl MVP. Small facts include the Grambling State University marching band returning to the Super Bowl. They performed the National Anthem and at halftime. The game was broadcast on CBS as opposed to the original simulcast and the cost of a thirty-second commercial was $54,000. The Super Bowl announcers were Pat Summerall, Jack Kemp and Ray Scott. Attendance was 75,546 and it scored a 68.6 in Nielson ratings. Interest in the Super Bowl has been growing and its evolution has only just begun.