Super Bowl IV

    Super Bowl IV was the last championship game before the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL) merged into one league at the end of the 1969 season. The Kansas City Chiefs, appearing in their second Super Bowl, defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. The game was played without the usual week off after the league championship games and although the Vikings (12-2) were thirteen-point favorites, they could not solve the Chiefs (14-3) defense.

    The Chiefs, led by head coach Hank Stram and quarterback Len Dawson, finished the season in second place in the AFL Western Division and, despite a knee injury that sidelined Dawson for six games early in the campaign, managed to clinch a playoff berth. They advanced to the Super Bowl after defeating the Oakland Raiders 17-7 in the AFL Championship Game. The Vikings entered the game leading the NFL in total points scored (379) and fewest points allowed (133). They scored fifty or more points in three different games and became the first expansion team to win an NFL championship when they beat the Cleveland Browns, 27-7.

    The Vikings started the game on their own twenty-yard line but were forced to punt. The Chiefs then drove the ball forty-two yards on eight plays and scored three points on the strength of Jan Stenerud's (then Super Bowl record setting) 48-yard field goal. Stenerud added another minutes later to increase the Chiefs lead to 6-0. Dawson then threw an interception but the Vikings were unable to capitalize after two Joe Kapp incomplete passes and a delay of game penalty. Meanwhile, the Chiefs capped a 19-yard running play with another filed goal, increasing the lead to 9-0. On the ensuing kickoff, Vikings returner Charlie West fumbled the ball and the Chiefs recovered on the Vikings 19-yard line. They scored three plays later on running back Mike Garett's 5-yard touchdown run. The lead was now 16-0. On their next possession the Kapp threw two incomplete passes and was sacked for an 8-yard loss. The Vikings then attempted a 56-yard field goal, but the ball fell short of the uprights.

    The Vikings did managed to build some momentum in the third quarter. After forcing the Chiefs to punt on their first possession, they drove the ball sixty-nine yards in ten plays and scored on fullback Dave Osborne's 4-yard touchdown run. However, they were unable to add any more points and the Chiefs added another touchdown in the fourth quarter for the final 23-7 victory.

    Both fans and writers expected the Vikings to easily defeat the Chiefs in Super Bowl IV. Many considered the New York Jets victory in Super Bowl III a fluke, but once again the AFL proved it could easily defeat the NFL. Dawson was named the game's MVP making him the fourth straight quarterback to receive the award.

"We (the 1969 Minnesota Vikings) made more mental mistakes in one game than we did in one season." - Vikings Safety Karl Kassulke in The Super Bowl: Celebrating a Quarter-Century of America's Greatest Game (Shelby Strother, 1990)

Super Bowl IV

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Super Bowl IV History by Football Almanac

 

1

2

3

4

Total

Minnesota Vikings

0

0

7

0

7

Kansas City Chiefs

3

13

7

0

23

Date

January 11, 1970

Location

Tulane Stadium

 

New Orleans, Louisiana

National Anthem

Al Hirt

Coin Toss

John McDonough (Referee)

Weather

61 Overcast (Tornado Watch)

Attendance

80,562

Odds

Minnesota Vikings by 12

TV Network

CBS

Broadcasters

Jack Buck, Frank Gifford & Pat Summerall

Commercial Cost

$78,000 per 30 seconds

Ticket Price Range

$uk - $uk

Officials

 

  Referee

John McDonough (AFL)

  Umpire

Lou Palazzi (NFL)

  Head Linesman

Harry Kessel (AFL)

  Line Judge

Bill Schleibaum (NFL)

  Field Judge

Charlie Musser (AFL)

  Back Judge

Tom Kelleher (NFL)

Minnesota Vikings Starting Offense

 

    

LT

LG

C

RG

RT

 

    

WR

WR

Alderman

Vellone

Tingelhoff

Sunde

Yary

TE

Henderson

Washington

 

 

QB

 

 

Beasley

 

 

 

RB

Kapp

RB

 

 

 

 

 

Osborn

 

Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs Starting Offense0

 

    

LT

LG

C

RG

RT

 

    

WR

WR

Tyrer

Budde

Holub

Moorman

Hill

TE

Taylor

Pitts

 

 

QB

 

 

Arbanas

 

 

 

RB

Dawson

RB

 

 

 

 

 

Garrett

 

Holmes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minnesota Vikings Starting Defense

 

    

LDE

LDT

 

RDT

RDE

 

    

 

LCB

Eller

Larsen

 

Page

Marshall

 

RCB

Mackbee

 

LLB

MLB

RLB

 

 

Sharockman

 

 

Winston

Warwick

Hilgenberg

 

 

 

 

SS

 

 

 

 

FS

 

 

Kassulke

 

 

 

 

Krause

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs Starting Defense

 

 

LDE

LDT

 

RDT

RDE

 

 

 

LCB

 

Mays

Culp

 

Buchanan

Brown

 

 

RCB

Marsalis

 

 

LLB

MLB

RLB

 

 

 

Thomas

 

 

 

Bell

Lanier

Lynch

 

 

 

 

 

 

SS

 

 

 

 

FS

 

 

 

 

Kearney

 

 

 

 

Robinson

 

 

                   

NOTE: Positions are accurate. Formations are designed for display purposes only.

Scoring

   

Drive

   

Description

Quarter

Team

Type

Time

Length

Plays

Time

Play by Play (Point After)

1

KAN

FG

6:52

42

08

4:06

Stenerud 48yd field goal

2

KAN

FG

13:20

55

08

4:48

Stenerud 32yd field goal

2

KAN

FG

7:52

27

04

2:13

Stenerud 25yd field goal

2

KAN

TD

5:34

19

06

1:47

Garrett 5yd run (Stenerud)

3

MIN

TD

4:32

69

10

4:34

Osborn 4yd run (Cox)

3

KAN

TD

1:22

82

06

3:10

Dawson 46yd pass to Taylor (Stenerud)

MVP Award

Len Dawson, Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs

Nielsen Ratings

39.4

Market Share

69

Salary / Bonus

$15,000.00 (KAN) | $7,500.00 (MIN)

Super Bowl IV History by Football Almanac


Did you know that prior to the kickoff a hot-air balloon crashed into the stands? Besides the planned "Battle of the Horns" pregame show which featured trumpeter Al Hirt versus Doc Severinsen, the league had a balloon race across the field where the NFL balloon carrying a Viking failed to gain enough altititude and struck the end zone seats.

Imagine for a moment the fine that would be given today: Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Hank Stram met the night before Super Bowl IV with Ed Sabol of NFL Films and the two agreed to have Stram secretly wear a hidden microphone during the entire game.

Trivia alert: This was the final AFL vs NFL Championship Game as the two merged into one after the season, the 1969 Minnesota Vikings defense was known as the "Purple People Eaters" and the 48-yard field goal by Jan Stenerud in the first quarter was a Super Bowl record that stood until Super Bowl XXII.