Jan. 12, 1969, is the day most Baltimore Colts fans will never forget. Place-kicker Jim Turner kicked three field goals and halfback Matt Snell ran 4 yards for a touchdown, as the New York Jets defeated the Colts, 16-7, in Super Bowl III in one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
The Jets were led by a cocky, upstart quarterback named Jo Namath, who, three days before the game, predicted the Jets, three-touchdown underdogs, would win. "In fact, I'll guarantee it," said Namath, who went on to complete 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards, as the AFL won its first Super Bowl.
The play that typified the Colts' frustration came in the secon quarter. On a flea-flicker, Colts quarterback Earl Morrall handed the ball off, got it back on a lateral and looked downfield for a receiver. He never noticed wide receiver Jimmy Orr free in the end zone jumping up and down and waving his arms to get attention. Instead, Morrall threw down the middle to fullback Jerry Hill only to have the pass intercepted by Jim Hudson.
N.Y. Jets 0 7 6 3 16
Baltimore 0 0 0 7 7
Winning coach: Weeb Ewbank
Most Valuable Player: Joe Namath