The AFL squared the Super Bowl at two games apiece with the NFL, building a 16-0 halftime lead behind Len Dawson's superb quarterbacking and a powerful defense.
Len Dawson, the fourth consecutive quarterback to be chosen the Super Bowl's top player, called an almost flawless game, completing 12 of 17 passes and hitting Otis Taylor on a 46-yard play for the final Chiefs touchdown.
The Kansas City defense limited Minnesota's strong rushing game to 67 yards and had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
The crowd of 80,562 set a Super Bowl record, as did the gross receipts of $3,817,872.69.
On paper, the exploits of quarterback Len Dawson don't look like much. In directing the Chiefs to a 23-7 victory over the Vikings, he completed only 12 of 17 passes for 142 yards. But it was Dawson's determined and focused leadership that drove Kansas City to its upset victory in the last game played between the AFL and NFL (the merger of the two leagues was completed after the game).
A series of Len Dawson-led drives took Kansas City to three Jan Stenerud field goals before Mike Garrett scored on a short run to give the Chiefs a 16-0 halftime lead. In the fourth quarter, Len Dawson delivered the clinching score at the end of an 82-yard drive, hitting wide receiver Otis Taylor with a 46-yard touchdown pass.
Others making an impact on the game were Bill Brown, Oscar Reed, Dave Osborn, Frank Pitts, Wendell Hayes, Joe Kapp, Paul Krause, Willie Lanier, Johnny Robinson and Emmitt Thomas
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