It was a different football landscape when the Green Bay Packers met the Kansas City Chiefs in the first Super Bowl in 1967. Professional football was less popular than baseball, boxing, and even college football. Originally called the “First AFL-NFL Championship Game”, Super Bowl I wasn’t even a sellout. Far from it. In fact, 33,000 tickets went unsold. The game was deemed so unimportant that both networks which broadcast the game – CBS and NBC – reused the game tapes to record soap operas. Footage of Super Bowl I was thought to be lost forever. According to an announcement from the NFL on January 11th, however, that is no longer the case.
In an exhaustive process, NFL Films did an extensive search and located all 145 plays that took place in Super Bowl I from more than 20 disparate sources. They then cobbled the plays together and re-mastered the entire lot. Now, for the first time, Super Bowl I will be re-aired. The game will be shown on the NFL Network tonight at 8:00 PM ET. Spoiler alert: The Green Bay Packers win the game, but how wonderful it will be to see such a historic event, once thought lost, now resurrected from oblivion.