Super Bowl History: Trivia And Facts About The Green Bay Packers, The Original Champions

The Green Bay Packers were the first team to win a Super Bowl. They were the first team to win two Super Bowls. They were the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls. Getting the feeling there might be some Super Bowl history with this franchise?

Super Bowl I: Packers 35, Chiefs 10, on January 15, 1967

Packers 35, Chiefs 10 in Los Angeles. Originally called the First AFL-NFL Championship Game and sometimes referred to as the Supergame in the press, it wasn't called the Super Bowl on a ticket until 1970. Bart Starr won the first Super Bowl MVP by throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Max McGee scored the first touchdown in Super Bowl history on a 37-yard reception in the first quarter after breaking curfew the night before the game and waking up with a hangover. Both teams used their league's own ball: the Chiefs had an AFL pigskin made by Spalding, while the Packers used the NFL's Wilson-made ball. Despite being simulcast on CBS and NBC, no broadcast tapes of Super Bowl I were known to exist, until this weekend's report that a Pennsylvania man found tapes in his attic.

Super Bowl II: Packers 33, Raiders 14, on January 14, 1968

Game played in Miami. Bart Starr won his second Super Bowl MVP, throwing for 202 yards and one touchdown. The Packers were favored by double digits in both of the first two Super Bowls, and covered each time. Pat Summerall provided part of the CBS call, but Jack Kemp, Bills quarterback and future Presidential candidate, was the first active NFL player to provide analysis in the booth. The Packers forced three turnovers while committing none, and committed just one penalty.

Super Bowl XXXI: Packers 35, Patriots 21, on January 26, 1997

After a nearly 30-year drought, the Packers return to the Super Bowl and win their third Super Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Brett Favre throws for 246 yards and two touchdowns, running for one more, but Desmond Howard returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and compiled a Super Bowl record 244 combined net yards, earning the Super Bowl MVP. Favre gives the Super Bowl one of its iconic moments by ripping off his helmet and running to the sideline after hooking up with Andre Rison for the game's first touchdown, and Antonio Freeman's 81-yard touchdown sets the record for longest play in Super Bowl history. Once again, the Packers were favored by double digits in a Super Bowl, and covered.

Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos 31, Packers 24, on January 25, 1998

In San Diego, the Packers lose a Super Bowl for the first time as John Elway wins a Super Bowl for the first time. Terrell Davis runs all over the Packers defense and is named Super Bowl MVP, setting a Super Bowl record with three rushing touchdowns and running for 157 yards. Favre and Freeman are excellent again: Favre throws for 256 yards and three touchdowns, while Freeman has two touchdown catches and compiles 230 total yards. The halftime show was a tribute to Motown, featured Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, and Aretha Franklin, and sounds about nine billion times better than the Black Eyed Peas. For the first time, not only do the Packers fail to cover a double-digit spread in a Super Bowl, they lose.

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