THE SLOP BOWL Super Bowl V Jan 18, 1971 in the Orange Bowl
PSA 4 authenticated stub
The Dallas Cowboys made the 1st of many Super Bowl appearances for that future Dynasty. THE BALTIMORE COLTS redeem their Super Bowl upset loss from 2 years earlier, and Johnny Unitas gets a Super Bowl start.
In order to win the game, Baltimore had to overcome a 13–6 deficit after three quarters, losing their starting quarterback Johnny Unitas in the second quarter. Unitas was knocked out of the game permanently on the play with a rib injury and was replaced by Earl Morrall, who was widely blamed for the Colts loss in Super Bowl III.
Morrall was the top passer of the game, with 7 out of 15 completions for 147 yards, with 1 interception. Before being knocked out of the game, Unitas completed 3 out of 9 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, with 2 interceptions. Morton completed more passes than Morrall and Unitas combined (12), but finished the game with 118 fewer passing yards (127), and was intercepted 3 times (all in the fourth quarter).
The game is sometimes called the “Blunder Bowl” or the “Stupor Bowl” because it was filled with poor play, a missed PAT, penalties, turnovers, and officiating miscues. The two teams committed a Super Bowl record 11 combined turnovers in the game, with 5 in the 4th quarter, and the Colts’ seven turnovers are currently the most ever committed by a winning team in a Super Bowl. Dallas also set a Super Bowl record with 10 penalties, costing them 133 yards.
It was finally settled when Colts rookie kicker Jim O’Brien kicked a 32-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in the game.
It is the only Super Bowl in which the Most Valuable Player Award was given to a member of the losing team: Cowboys’ linebacker Chuck Howley, who intercepted two passes (sacks and tackles were not yet recorded). Howley was the first non-quarterback to win the MVP award.
NOTE: a 14 year old “Crazy Ed” attended this game; he had witnessed Baltimore in Super Bowl 3 lose to the NY Jets in 1969,. Don Shula became the Dolphins head coach in 1970 and Ed was able to see virtually all of the Shula Dynasty games in the Orange Bowl, including the playoffs that led to their Super Bowl run in SB’s # 6 – 7 – 8.
Crazy Ed has a fairly sizable lot of Super Bowl “stuff” which include some scarcer Memorabilia from early Super Bowl years.
© 2017 by “Crazy Ed” Savitt with much credit to the above text to wikipedia