Super Bowl III

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January 12, 1969, Miami, Florida

New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7

Before the game

The Colts, the champions of the NFL, were heavily favored to defeat the AFL champion Jets. Although the upstart AFL had successfully forced the long established NFL into a merger agreement three years earlier, the previous AFL champions had lost the first two Super Bowls and the league was not generally respected as having the same calibre of talent as the NFL.

However, at the Touchdown Club in Miami, Jets quarterback Joe Namath predicted a Jets victory. "I guarantee it," he said.

The game

Matt Snell rushed for 121 yeards, including the Jets' touchdown, while the Jets defense shut down a Colts offense that had carried them to a 13-1 record during the regular season.


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