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First “Super Bowl” big game hosted 57 years ago

January 15, 2024, marks the 57th anniversary of the first Super Bowl. Though it would be two more years before the name “Super Bowl” was used to characterize the game, what’s now referred to as “Super Bowl” was a competition between the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League (AFL) and the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Back then the game was referred to as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, which most fans would agree does not have the same ring to it as “Super Bowl.”

The game was competitive in the first half, and the score was 14-10 in favor of Green Bay at halftime. But the Packers blanked the Chiefs in the second half, and the final score was 35-10 in favor of Green Bay. In a testament to just how different things were in 1967, two networks, NBC and CBS, were allowed to broadcast the game, each using their own announcers. Also noteworthy is the game was not a sellout, marking the only time that has happened in Super Bowl history.

The 2024 Super Bowl – designated as Super Bowl LVIII – will be played on Feb. 11 at Allegiant Stadium, Nevada.