8. Super Bowl III: New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7

It certainly wasn't a very competitive or well-played game, but it can't be left off the Top 10 list because of the enormity of the upset and the impact on professional football. After the NFL's Green Bay Packers had routed the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders in the first two Super Bowls, powerhouse Baltimore came into this game as a 17-point favorite. So sick of hearing about the superiority of the Colts and the NFL in the week leading up to the game in Miami, Jets quarterback Joe Namath finally snapped and guaranteed New York would win. Namath led a steady attack that accumulated 337 yards offense, including 121 rushing yards by Matt Snell, whose four-yard touchdown run gave the Jets a 7-0 halftime lead. The Jets defense had intercepted NFL MVP Earl Morrall -- who had subbed for injured Johnny Unitas (elbow) all season -- three times in the first half. The Jets built a 16-0 lead before Unitas came off the bench to lead the Colts to their only score, much too little too late. The Chiefs evened the Super Bowl score for the AFL the next season when they dominated the Minnesota Vikings, 23-7. The leagues were merged and changed to the American and National conferences the following season.
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