Super Bowl Frenzy: Tales from Titletown - 1966
Bart Starr. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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GREEN BAY - During the 1966 season, age and injury affected the effectiveness of Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor in what would be their last year.
But Coach Vince Lombardi's defending champion Packers had no worries, because his teams controlled the airways.
1966 NFL MVP Bart Starr turned an explosive passing game into the team's best weapon.
For every interception he threw, he delivered three touchdowns of longer than 40 yards.
Defensively, the team's ruled the air as well, with six pick-sixes on the season.
"We would do whatever was necessary to get us on that big end of the scoreboard," said defensive end Willie Davis.
That defense, anchored by Davis, and fellow hall of famers like defensive tackle Henry Jordan, linebacker Ray Nitschke, cornerback Herb Adderley and safety Willie Wood gave up just 12 points per game during the regular season.
Both sides did what was necessary in the NFL title game in Dallas on January 1st, 1967 at the Cotton Bowl.
Bart Starr's big play passing delivered 304 yards and four critical touchdown throws,
After the Cowboys came back from a 34-20 deficit in the final five minutes to move the football within two yards of tying the game, the defense delivered the dagger in the final 30 seconds on a Tom Brown interception during a fourth-down play.
Then came the first Super Bowl, two weeks later, and one day after wide receiver Max McGee's famous night-on-the-town, skirting a potential penalty of being thrown off the team had he been caught.
As the story goes, he came in to the team hotel Sunday morning as breakfast was about to start.
He didn't start the first Super Bowl, but came in when wide receiver Boyd Dowler was injured.
McGee caught seven passes for 138 yards and two Bart Starr scoring throws as the Packers blew out Kansas City 35-10, and Lombardi took home the trophy that would later bear his name.