The Final AFL-NFL Super Bowl

Gary Rixson works in Kansas City, Missouri, as a consultant with the Lockton Companies. In his free time, Gary Rixson supports the city’s sports teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs.

Although the National Football League (NFL) absorbed the American Football League (AFL) following the 1969 season, the AFL legacy lives on through the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl was initially conceived of as part of the merger agreement between the two professional football leagues. The game called for the championship teams from both leagues to face off against one another in order to determine American football’s official world champion.

The final Super Bowl held prior to the NFL and AFL merger took place on January 11, 1970, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. The Kansas City Chiefs, representing the AFL, made their first appearance since losing the first Super Bowl in 1967 to the Greenbay Packers. This time, the Chiefs got the better of their NFL counterparts, the Minnesota Vikings, scoring a 23-7 victory. The Chiefs’ quarterback, Len Dawson, threw a 46-yard pass to Otis Taylor for a touchdown to cap off the victory and was later named the Super Bowl MVP.