In epic Super Bowl upset, Jets make good on Namath guarantee


On January 12, 1969, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, the New York Jets of the American Football League defeat the NFL’s Baltimore Colts, 16-7, in Super Bowl III—a result considered one of the biggest upsets in sports history. Days earlier, Jets quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed New York, an 18-point underdog, would win.

The victory was the first in the Super Bowl for the AFL, which merged with the NFL for the 1970 season.

Before Super Bowl III, an NFL coach said, “Namath plays his first pro football game today.” But the Colts, who had a 15-1 record entering the game, trailed 16-0 after three quarters.


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