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.

35 responses to “For first time ever, Super Bowl I will re-air in full

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

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. “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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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