- Jul 15, 2005
With the caveat that I have never seen the game:My how the greats fade with age.
III, because, guarantee.
A very subjective assessment could conclude that game saved (or at least legitimized) the AFL. But perhaps it didn't matter, as the 2 leagues merged after the following season.
- The Colts were 19-1/2 point favorites (I'd have to go back and check to see if that's the highest spread ever.)
- The Colts were 13-1, with an offense that was ranked second in most points scored (402) and a defense that ranked first in fewest points allowed (144 - tying the then-all time record)
- The Colts had lost only twice in their last 30 games.
- The Colts were inside the 20 five times in the first half and came away with 0 points (leading Bubba Smith to speculate the game was fixed).
- The Colts did not score until the 3:19 mark of the 4th quarter.
- Being named MVP notwithstanding, Namath was only 17 of 28 for 208 yards, and 0 TDs. But, perhaps most importantly...0 INTs, unlike his counterpart Earl Morrall, who threw 5.
- It was a 2 score game for the entire second half
- 16-7 sounds pretty boring
- 5 interceptions speaks to a not very well played game by Baltimore
- The Pats were similarly discounted in 36, which was a better game that went down to the wire
- The Giants were similarly discounted in 42, which was also a better that went down to the wire
Maybe in terms of historical significance SB3 is the top SB. But in terms of the greatest? Yuck.