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For first time ever, Super Bowl I will re-air in full

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Super Bowl I aired live on both NBC and CBS, but in those days, when home viewers had no way to record games and networks didn’t put much thought into their archives, the game disappeared. Tapes were recorded over, films were lost, and it was believed that a full recreation of the first Super Bowl could never be seen again.

On Friday night, Super Bowl I will air on NFL Network. Not just highlights and not just part of the game, but every single play. NFL Films went through an exhaustive process, searching through dozens of sources, and was able to find at least one camera angle of all 145 plays of the first Super Bowl and stitch it all together for the first time.

The game will air in its entirety on Friday along with audio from the original NBC radio broadcast, as well as additional footage including sideline footage of Packers coach Vince Lombardi, a postgame interview with Chiefs coach Hank Stram and a conversation between Commissioner Pete Rozelle and player-turned-broadcaster Pat Summerall.

Friday is the 49th anniversary of Super Bowl I, which was played on January 15, 1967 in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Spoiler alert: The Packers won, 35-10.

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35 Responses to “For first time ever, Super Bowl I will re-air in full”
  1. babyjunkie says: Jan 11, 2016 11:04 AM

    The Holy Grail finally comes home. Why now? Coincidence? Also, screw the “50,” how aboot “superbowL”?

  2. Marshawn Lunch says: Jan 11, 2016 11:05 AM

    So cool!

  3. bmorepositive123 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:13 AM

    With the same amount of commercials as back then?

  4. broncoguy11 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:13 AM

    This is pretty sweet! Definitely recording.

  5. seahawksbmx says: Jan 11, 2016 11:16 AM

    That is awesome. Retro commercials would make it even better.

  6. upperdecker19 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:16 AM

    I can still watch Hank Stram footage from Super Bowl IV anytime…..can only imagine what he was saying during the first….

  7. footballfan72 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:19 AM

    Where’s the game footage of the Eagles lost Super Bowl win???

  8. jdbaker01 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:19 AM

    For the first time (and not the last) I will not be watching it.

  9. detroit20iron says: Jan 11, 2016 11:21 AM

    Pretty cool

  10. usedjock says: Jan 11, 2016 11:25 AM

    footballfan72 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 11:19 AM

    Where’s the game footage of the Eagles lost Super Bowl win???

    It got taped over by all of the Vikings Super Bowl wins. Oh wait…

  11. blackstrat says: Jan 11, 2016 11:30 AM

    Excellent!

    I watched it live as a youth, it’ll be great to watch it again after all these years.

    Thanks for the heads up.

  12. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 11, 2016 11:35 AM

    Congratulations to NFL films and big Thank you.

    That was a fun Super Bowl for several reasons.
    among those reasons, how great and dominate a football team the Packers were in their 2nd season of three consecutive World Championships;

    How far back the the minor league AFL was in talent;

    It started off as an exhibition game more than Championship game between near equals.

    Had Cleveland miraculously had been able to somehow win against the Packers in the NFL Championship, Super Bowl I would have been Jim Brown’s final game.

    3 years later the AFL Chiefs were improved and clearly outplayed the vikings for the World Championship and the merger occurred.

  13. haughville says: Jan 11, 2016 11:37 AM

    That game and the next decade was the best of the NFL. Long before greed took over.

  14. Rdog says: Jan 11, 2016 11:38 AM

    I wonder who performed at halftime! And which beer commercial was the funniest/saddest? And which player was the funniest and most polarizing on Media Day? What was the controversy this time? So fascinating

  15. bbfe says: Jan 11, 2016 11:44 AM

    Finally! A game played before Brady was born, so he won’t be blamed for anything!

  16. weepingjebus says: Jan 11, 2016 11:45 AM

    Great tip, thanks! I’ve never seen more than a few plays.

  17. ehsguy72 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:52 AM

    Be great to watch a game without having to sit through any
    “upon further review” blah blah blah

  18. august589 says: Jan 11, 2016 12:03 PM

    “Had Cleveland miraculously had been able to somehow win against the Packers in the NFL Championship, Super Bowl I would have been Jim Brown’s final game. ”

    ————————————————–
    Actually, Jim Brown retired before the 1966 season so he never had an opportunity to play in a Super Bowl. Secondly, the Browns didn’t make the playoffs in 1966; the Packers beat the Cowboys, 34-27, in Dallas to make it to the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game.

  19. gregbeau says: Jan 11, 2016 12:04 PM

    It sounds like this isn’t the actual CBS TV broadcast, most of which still exists and is at the Paley Center, but which the NFL will not buy back from the owner of the tape. This is an assemblage of footage from NFL films combined with radio PxP.

  20. Goodnight Vikes Fans says: Jan 11, 2016 12:06 PM

    Great. Even more pain for Vikings fans to have to endure.

  21. blackstrat says: Jan 11, 2016 12:07 PM

    Rdog

    I trust you are alluding to and humorously pointing out the erosion of the purity of sports in America.
    Broadcasting the original commercials, as someone pointed out, would be very cool, but will never happen.

    An aside;
    Mike Turico is the most voluminous play by play guy in history.
    He must surely get paid by the word.
    I love Gruden but I mute their broadcasts because I cannot stand Turico constant and mostly meaningless banter.

    I’m done.

  22. barrymichaels61 says: Jan 11, 2016 12:11 PM

    Looking forward to this, always fun watching games from yesteryear.
    Chiefs played quite well in the 1st half before Packers took control midway through the 3rd.

  23. 4ever19 says: Jan 11, 2016 12:23 PM

    Had Cleveland miraculously had been able to somehow win against the Packers in the NFL Championship, Super Bowl I would have been Jim Brown’s final game.

    ________________________________________

    No. Jim Brown played through the ’65 season. SB One was played at the end of the ’66 season.

  24. abninf says: Jan 11, 2016 12:36 PM

    Going by a lot of comments on this site, the new generation shouldn’t watch it. The game is probably too violent with unsportsmanship incidences. They may need counseling after it’s over.

  25. sindiegosage says: Jan 11, 2016 12:48 PM

    Ahhh… the Max McGee game.

    McGee caught only four passes for 91 yards and a touchdown during the regular season and did not expect to play in the game so he violated his team’s curfew policy and spent the night before the Super Bowl out on the town in Los Angeles getting wiped out. The next morning he told starting receiver Boyd Dowler, “I hope you don’t get hurt. I’m not in very good shape,” alluding to his hangover.

    Dowler went down with a separated shoulder on the Packers’ second drive of the game, and McGee, who had to borrow a teammate’s helmet because he had not brought his own out of the locker room, was put into the game. A few plays later, McGee made a one-handed reception of a pass from Bart Starr, took off past Chiefs defender Fred Williamson and ran 37 yards to score the first touchdown in Super Bowl history.

    By the end of the game, McGee had recorded seven receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns, assisting Green Bay to a 35-10 victory.

  26. deltaoracle says: Jan 11, 2016 12:56 PM

    Lots of stories connected with that game, among them the fact that KC’s Fred “The Hammer” Williamson was threatening to put the kibosh on various Packer receivers and running backs with his martial arts expertise. Williamson then in a nifty bit of poetic justice got knocked out by the Packers’ Donny Anderson. Great moment.

  27. tncheese says: Jan 11, 2016 1:27 PM

    Outstanding. Can’t wait. By the way, Super Bowl 50 Should be played in Wisconsin!

  28. 4rings4brady says: Jan 11, 2016 1:40 PM

    This is excellent! I cannot wait to watch this game. Also really looking forward to seeing the NFL network program on the NFL/AFL Merger. The Football Television History Gods have been kind this season…

    On a side note, that this isn’t the most commented on story on PFT is quite the bummer.

  29. Frum Slum says: Jan 11, 2016 1:58 PM

    Looking forward to this!

  30. bleedingfacemask says: Jan 11, 2016 2:02 PM

    Personally, I’m really looking forward to seeing the halftime show, when the flute player in the third row, fourth back, had a wardrobe malfunction.

  31. singletrack74 says: Jan 11, 2016 2:55 PM

    We get to see Janakowski’s rookie season!

  32. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jan 11, 2016 3:02 PM

    One of the hilarious/great things about this game is that the opening kickoff was done twice. TV broadcasters made the teams re-do the opening kickoff because they were on a commercial break.

    So many stories in that game. For everyone but Chiefs/AFL fans, it was a great game.

  33. klutch14u says: Jan 11, 2016 3:45 PM

    Suspect the NFL knows a repeat is coming but with a different outcome

  34. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 11, 2016 5:25 PM

    One of the greatest games of all time. I encourage all of you to make time for this. It is special.

    #WEOWNTHIS #BELIEVE

  35. mwarneridx says: Jan 14, 2016 8:00 PM

    Well, I can’t watch now that you’ve spoiled it.

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