1971 Super Bowl History
In the early 1970s a lot of things changed in professional football. In 1970 there were two leagues, the AFL and NFL, that would play for their respective championships.These leagues would then send their champions to take on each other in a game called the Super Bowl.
That process changed dramatically previous to Super Bowl V. These leagues decided to merge to form one league, the NFL. The NFL would be comprised of two conferences: the AFC and the NFC.
These conferences would battle it out for a chance to play in the Super Bowl against the winner of the other conference. The winner of the Super Bowl would be the champion of the entire National Football League.
The battle of Colts Vs. Cowboys
The teams to make it to the Super Bowl were both solid teams in the regular season. The Baltimore Colts were 11-2-1 on the season and worked their way through the playoffs in order to get a shot at playing in the big game.
The Cowboys were 10-4 on the season, but had what was necessary to make it through the playoffs and to reach the Super Bowl.
The game was to be played in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. These teams were going to make Super Bowl history by playing the first game ever on artificial turf.
The Colts were the favorites entering the game as the odds makers had them favored by 2.5 points.
While many people expected this to be some sort of an amazing game, this game was actually a bit sloppy. The quarterbacks for each team were unable to get going and made a fair amount of mistakes.
The Colts were led by the legendary Johnny Unitas and the Cowboys started Craig Morton. Between the two teams there would be 6 interceptions thrown over the course of the game.
The Colts were favored in this game, but they were unable to get things going in the first quarter. The Colts were not able to score a single point in the first quarter and many people wondered whether or not Unitas was going to get things going and save the day.
The Cowboys were not fantastic in the first quarter, but they did manage to put three points on the board. Mike Clark kicked a short field goal in to go up 3 points in the first quarter.
Roy Williams of the Dallas Cowboys evades a tackle in a game against the Houston Texans in a 2010 preseason NFL game at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.
The Cowboys would be the next team to put point on the board again. Mike Clark was the one who had to use his legs to boost the team for the second time in the game. This time Clark punched in a 30 yard field goal to go ahead 6 points.
The Colts were still struggling, but Unitas finally had some magic up his sleeve. The Colts hit John Mackey for a huge play that would completely turn the tides of the game.
Mackey went 75 yards on the pass from Unitas and scored the first touchdown of the Super Bowl that season. The Cowboys managed to block the extra point and the game was tied 6-6.
The Cowboys responded with their first touchdown and went up 13-6 at halftime.
The Colts came back in the 2nd half and were just too strong defensively. Both teams were held scoreless in the 3rd quarter, but the Colts turned things around in the 4th.
The Colts scored 10 unanswered points in the 4th quarter, including a 32 yard field goal by Jim O’Brien to go ahead 16-13 to win the game over the Cowboys.