Super Bowl IV

Super Bowl IV, then called the AFL-NFL Championship Game, was the fourth edition of the final match of the National Football League ( NFL ) and the American Football League ( AFL). On January 11, 1970, the Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs were over in New Orleans, Louisiana at Tulane Stadium. Winners were the Kansas City Chiefs for a final score of 23:7. Kansas City's quarterback Len Dawson was voted most valuable player.


The audience of 80 562 at the Super Bowl IV was then at a distance of around 9,000 visitors record, today this has long since surpassed. Most fans and sports reporters thought that the Vikings could beat the Chiefs problems, since they were still of the opinion that the teams of the National Football League play a lot better than the American Football League. Feared the Vikings were primarily for their strong defensive line in tackles Gary Larsen and Alan Page and Carl Eller and defensive ends Jim Marshall. They wore for their hardness and their jersey color and its tacking capabilities the honorary name "Purple People Eaters " (engl.: the purple cannibals ). It was expected that this line would exert much pressure on Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson and come to many quarterback sack. The Vikings offensive to quarterback Joe Kapp and wide receiver Gene Washington was considered a solid. The Chiefs had themselves a good defensive line to tackles Buck Buchanan and Curley Culp, and Defensive End Jerry Mays and Aaron Brown, but were offensively limited: as the best attacker was kicker January Stenerud, one of the first kicker, of the football in "Football style "(ie with the instep instead of the toes ) occurred.

Chiefs coach Hank Stram was known to drive unusual strategies. The coach from Kansas City had observed that the "Purple People Eaters " the Vikings were extremely aggressive on the quarterback, but far retreated their defensive backs: As long throws were very heavy. Stram responded by been converted into his wide receivers and tight ends to additional blockers against the Vikings defensive -ends Eller and Marshall and ran a short pass routes to avoid the low-lying defensive backs. Defensively, he made ​​his tackles Buchanan (120 kilograms) and Culp ( 130 kg ) on it to go massively against Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff (110 kg): this clause should Tingelhoff, which was considered an excellent Vorblocker for running plays of Minnesota, neutralized and his teammates are uncertain about the offensive line of the Vikings.

The night before the Super Bowl Stram had spoken with an employee of NFL Films, this convinced him to wear a microphone for the comments to be broadcast live. It was the first game where a coach was such a microphone.

Game History

Kansas City began with a bang when Jan Stenerud scored a field goal from a distance of 48 yards, which was Super Bowl record at the time. After two more field goals, the Chiefs led 9-0. Towards the end of the second quarter commanded Chiefs coach Stram one of the most famous plays of NFL history, " 65 Toss Power Trap": this deceived quarterback Len Dawson a throw to fullback Wendell Hayes, but gave him to running back Mike Garrett, who by one placed too far advanced Vikings cover loose in the end zone for a touchdown trotted ( extra point Stenerud, KC 16: MIN 0). The "Purple People Eaters " were never able to build up pressure on Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson, (plus a touchdown in a loss of possession ) brought 12 of his 17 throws to the man and Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp (16 /25, two turnovers ) in the dwarfed. In addition, the otherwise strong running game of Minnesota faltered, as the Chiefs defensive line to Buchanan and Culp, the Vikings offensive line dominated by the overmatched Tingelhoff. Although the Vikings came in the third quarter on a touchdown by running back Dave Osborn ( extra point Fred Cox, KC 16: MIN 7), but in return achieved Chiefs wide receiver Otis Taylor from 46 yards a touchdown ( extra point Stenerud, KC 23: MIN 7). Kansas City was the entire season the better team, also because Minnesota ( six turnovers ) made ​​too many mistakes.


Some of the quotes, recorded the NFL Films of Stram, achieved cult status and went down in football folklore. After his wide receiver came through for the umpteenth time, he scoffed at Vikings defensive back Karl Kassulke: " Kassulke running around like a decapitated chicken. " ( Look at Kassulke out there, it looks like he's in a Chinese fire drill. ). After his " 65 Toss Power Trap" worked, he clapped on his players and cheered again and again: " Ha! 65 Toss Power Trap! What did I tell you! 65 Toss Power Trap! Ha! " ( Ha ha, 65 toss power trap! What'd I tell ya, boys? 65 toss power trap, ha ha ). When the referees once supposedly placed the football in the wrong place, he scolded until the referee gave way and the microphones took on a sudden soothed Stram, who praised: " You are doing a great job all " (Ya did good, you 're doing a fine job out there. ) All these quotes are now considered cult.

The walkways of the play " 65 Toss Power Trap" are engraved over a large area in Arrowhead Stadium Chiefs.