On This Date in Sports: January 12, 1969

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SBIII On This Date in Sports: January 12, 1969

Joe Namath of the New York Jets hands the ball to Matt Snell against the Baltimore Colts during Super Bowl III

Joe Namath makes good on his guarantee as the New York Jets stun the Baltimore Colts 16-7 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. The Jets had gone into the game 18 point underdogs as most regarded the AFL as inferior to the NFL. Namath responding to reporters predicted the Jets would win, and was named MVP despite no Touchdown passes, but the win helped legitimize both the AFL and the Super Bowl itself.

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