Saturday, January 12, 2013
January 12, 1969: Joe Namath and the Jets upset the Colts in Super Bowl III
Even with the guarantee almost everyone outside of New York thought the Colts would easily handle the 18 point underdogs, they were in for a surprise. The Jets came out in the first quarter and established their running game early, while they didn't score in the first quarter they were laying out groundwork for success. With Johnny Unitas sidelined due to injury the Colts started Earl Morrall at quarterback, early on it looked like he would lead the team well, they reached the Jets 19 yard line before kicker Lou Michaels missed a chip shot 27 yard field goal. That took the wind right of the Colts sails. Every time Baltimore had something go their way, they would shoot themselves in the foot. It was one thing after another, whether it be a missed field goal or Earl Morrall or throwing interceptions Baltimore was almost beating themselves. In the meantime, Namtath led his team on an 80 yard drive that was capped off with a four yard touchdown run by fullback Matt Snell. With the Jets up 7-0 it was the first time in Super Bowl History that an AFL team had led in a game.