The Green Bay Packers extended their reign as America’s top football team, easily covering as 13.5-point favorites while knocking off the Oakland Raiders 33-14 to win Super Bowl II.
The Packers never trailed in their dominating performance against the Raiders at the Orange Bowl in Miami, jumping out to an early 13-0 lead on the strength of a pair of Don Chandler field goals and QB Bart Starr’s 62-yard TD pass to receiver Boyd Dowler.
The Raiders responded with a TD on the very next drive, marching the ball 78 yards on nine plays over 4:35, culminating in Raiders QB Daryle Lamonica’s 23-yard toss to Bill Miller for the first of Miller’s two TD receptions in the game.
The Pack increased their lead to 16-7 with a field goal as time expired in the first half and continued their dominance in the third quarter, adding a TD and a field goal to increase their lead to 26-7 while limiting Oakland to just nine plays from the line of scrimmage, one first down, and 12 total yards in the quarter.
Things went from bad to worse for Oakland when a Lamonica pass intended for Fred Biletnikoff was picked off by Herb Adderley who returned it 60 yards for the score, extending Green Bay’s lead to 33-7 and putting the game out of reach.
Miller made his second TD catch of the day less than two minutes later and finished the day with five catches, 84 yards and two TDs, tops among all receivers. But it was Packers QB Bart Starr that once again earned MVP honors after completing 13 of 24 pass attempts for 202 yards and one TD.
The Packers were less than dominant during the 1967 NFL campaign, finishing 9-4-1 to lead the Central Division, and limped into the playoffs following a pair of losses to Pittsburgh and Los Angeles to end the regular season.
The Pack got their revenge, dominating the Rams in a 28-7 win in the NFL Western Conference Championship before topping the archrival Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in frigid conditions at Lambeau Field, taking the 1967 NFL Championship in a game which would become known as the Ice Bowl.
The Raiders were the class of the AFL, posting a 13-1 regular season record before earning their Super Bowl berth with a 40-7 rout of the Houston Oilers; the only AFL Championship in the franchise’s history.