The Green Bay Packers have won more NFL titles than any team in the history of the league. That includes four Super Bowls. The Packers have played a big part in Super Bowl history including winning the first two games.
With the 2022 NFL season now over and Super Bowl LVII in the books, here’s a look back at 10 interesting piece of Packers Super Bowl trivia:
- Max McGee Scored the First Touchdown in Super Bowl History
Packers wide receiver Max McGee scored the very first touchdown in Super Bowl history. It came on a 37-yard pass from Bart Starr with 6:35 left in the first quarter of Supe Bowl I.
McGee only caught four passes all season in 1966 but came into the game when starter Boyd Dowler suffered an injury on the game’s first possession. According to Super Bowl lore, McGee and Paul Hornung were out until 6 AM the night before the game because they figured they wouldn’t play much if at all.
The veteran receiver finished the game with seven catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns. On both of his scoring plays, McGee bobbled the ball before securing it for the score.
McGee became famous for his outstanding performance in Super Bowl I and went on to become the Packers radio color commentator for many years until his passing in 2007.
- Jim Taylor Scored the First Rushing Touchdown in Super Bowl History
The Hall of Fame running back scored the first rushing touchdown in Super Bowl history during the second quarter of Super Bowl I. With the game tied 7-7, Taylor scored on a classic Lombardi Power Sweep from 14 yards out to put the Packers ahead to stay.
Taylor led all players with 56 yards rushing on 17 carries in the first Super Bowl. That would be his final game with the Packers as the New Orleans Saints selected him in the expansion draft the following offseason.
- The Super Bowl Trophy Is Named After Legendary Packers Coach Vince Lombardi
Vince Lombardi was the winning coach in the first two Super Bowls. He died of cancer in 1970 and the championship trophy was named for the legendary coach starting with Super Bowl V. Lombardi’s name is associated with the biggest prize in football and it’s a fitting tribute to the man many still consider the greatest coach in NFL history.
- Bart Starr Won the MVP Award in the first Two Super Bowls
Packers quarterback Bart Starr was named the MVP of both Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II. Only one other player has won back-to-back MVP awards in the history of the game and that’s Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw who won them in Super Bowls XIII and XIV.
Starr threw for three touchdown passes in the two games and had a quarterback rating of 106.0 in an era before the rules favored offenses so dramatically.
Tom Brady has won five MVP awards but never won two in a row.
- Herb Adderley Scored the First Defensive TD in Super Bowl History
Packers Hall of Fame cornerback Herb Adderley scored the first defensive touchdown in Super Bowl history early in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl II.
Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica looked for receiver Fred Biletnikoff but Adderley stepped in front of the receiver and raced 60 yards for a touchdown.
The score put the Packers ahead 33-7 in a game they eventually won 33-14. It was the final game Lombardi coached for the Packers and the final points the Packers scored for their Hall of Fame coach.
- Desmond Howard Is the Only Special Teams Player to be Named MVP
Desmond Howard was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXI and remains the only special teams player to be named MVP of a Super Bowl. Howard’s 99-yard kick return completely took the air out of the Patriots sails as they had just pulled to within one score on an 18-yard touchdown run by Curtis Martin.
Howard finished the game with 244 combined return yards and broke or tied eight Super Bowl records as the Packers defeated the Patriots 35-21.
- Brett Favre Holds the Second Longest Completion in Super Bowl History
In Super Bowl XXXI, Packers quarterback Brett Favre hooked up with wide receiver Antonio Freeman on an 81-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter that put the Packers ahead 17-14. It was a lead they would never relinquish.
At the time, it was the longest touchdown pass in Super Bowl history although it was since eclipsed by Jake Delhomme and Muhsin Muhammad who hooked up on an 85-yard touchdown catch in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
- Willie Davis Has 4.5 sacks in Super Bowls, 2nd All-Time (LC Greenwood)
Hall of Famer Willie Davis recorded a total of 4.5 sacks in the first two Super Bowls. He recorded 1.5 sacks in the first game and followed that up with three sacks in Super Bowl II against the Raiders.
Only Pittsburgh’s L.C. Greenwood has more career Super Bowl sacks and he played in four games to just two for Davis. Charles Haley and Von Miller are tied with Davis for second place all-time with 4.5 sacks. Haley played in five Super Bowls while Miller also accomplished his record in two games.
- Reggie White Recorded Sacks In One Game
Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White recorded three sacks in Super Bowl XXXI against the Patriots including two in a row in the fourth quarter when the Patriots were trying to come back from a 14-point deficit.
White made his famous hump move on one of those sacks, tossing the offensive tackle out of the way before getting to Drew Bledsoe.
White set a record in that game as sacks were not an official stat in the NFL until 1982.
- Don Chandler Kicked Four Field Goals in Super Bowl II
Packers kicker Don Chandler booted four field goals in the team’s 33-14 win over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II which is still tied for the most field goals in one game. Ray Wersching of the 49ers tied that mark by kicking four in the 49ers win over the Bengals in Super Bowl XVI.
Chandler hit from 39, 20, 43 and 31 yards. He made all four attempts and all three extra points in the game which turned out to be the final game of his 12-year NFL career.
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