1968 ‐ Super Bowl II ‐ Green Bay Packers vs Oakland Raiders
Green Bay Packers 33
Oakland Raiders 14
January 14, 1968
Super Bowl II pitted Vince Lombardi’s Packers (9-4-1) against John Rauch’ AFL champion Raiders (13-1). The week leading to the Super Bowl swirled with rumors that Lombardi would resign as the Packers’ coach and general manager following the championship.
The game was played in Miami’s Orange Bowl before a sellout crowd of 75,546. It netted the first $3 million gate in football history. The Packers jumped ahead early 13-0 with two field goals by kicker Don Chandler and a 62-yard pass from quarterback Bart Starr to receiver Boyd Dowler.
The Raiders rallied, advancing 79 yards in 9 plays. Their drive was capped with a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Daryle Lamonica to receiver Bill Miller. The Raiders defense forced the Packers to punt on their next possession. But Raiders returner Rodger Bird fumbled a fair catch, setting up another field goal by Chandler. The Packers took a 16-7 lead into halftime.
During halftime, Packers guard Jerry Kramer said to his team, “Let’s play the last 30 minutes for the old man (Lombardi).”
The Packers seized control in the third quarter, scoring a touchdown and a field goal to go up 26-7. Cornerback Herb Adderly clinched the victory in the fourth quarter with a 60-yard interception return. Chandler kicked a fourth field goal to give the Packers their second-consecutive Super Bowl Championship, 33-14.
Bart Starr again was picked as the game’s most valuable player, completing 13 of 24 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown.
Super Bowl II was the last game for Vince Lombardi, who resigned as the Packers’ coach. It capped nine seasons at Green Bay in which his teams gained six Western Conference championships, five NFL championships, and two Super Bowls.
Around the World on January 14:
- Operation Niagara 1 was launched to relieve a US Marine base besieged by the North Vietnamese army.
Around the NFL in 1968:
- January 28 – Vince Lombardi resigned as the Packers’ coach, but continued as general manager.
- May 21 – Jets’ owner Sonny Werblin sold his shares to partners Phil Iselin, Leon Hess, Don Lillis, and Townsend Martin. Lillis became the team’s president, but died on July 23. Iselin succeeded him on August 6.
- May 27 – George Halas retired for the fourth and final time as the Bears’ coach.
- September 9 – The Oilers played their first game in the Astrodome, becoming the first NFL team to play home games in a dome.
- November 17 – NBC cut the last 50 seconds of the Jets-Raiders game to let the children’s movie special Heidi air on time. The Raiders scored two touchdowns in the final 42 seconds for a 43-32 win.
- December 29 – Jets coach Weeb Ewbank became the first to win championships in both the NFL and AFL when the Jets gained the AFL title with a 27-23 victory over the Raiders. Baltimore beat Cleveland 34-0 for the NFL title.