Super Bowl III (3)
New York Jets:
Half Time Show
Headliner: Florida A&M University.
Miami Orange Bowl
Date: August 16, 1970
New York Jets
Jets quarterback Joe Namath "guaranteed" victory on the Thursday before the game, then went out and led the AFL to its first Super Bowl victory over a Baltimore Colts team that had lost only once in 16 games all season. This bold prediction made headlines all over New York and Baltimore, eventually giving rise to a new legend of football lore.
Joe Namath, chosen the outstanding player, completed 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards and directed a steady attack that dominated the NFL season champions after the Jets' defense had intercepted Colts quarterback Earl Morrall three times in the first half.
This classic game was close in stats with the Jets having 337 total yards, including 121 rushing yards by Matt Snell while the Colts had 324 total yard including 116 yard rushing by Matte. While the overall stats appeared close the Jets dominated the score clock holding the ball for 36:10 minutes to Baltimore's 23:50 minutes. The Jets solid steady game, coupled with great defensive coverage including 4 interceptions and 1 fumble, gave the Jets the lead and solidified their Super Bowl victory.
Johnny Unitas, who had missed most of the season with a sore elbow, came off the bench and led Baltimore to its only touchdown late in the fourth quarter to make the game close after New York led 16 - 0.