The AFL squared the Super Bowl series with the NFL at two games apiece before the full merger took place. The Chiefs built a 16-0 halftime lead behind Len Dawson's superb quarterbacking and Jan Stenerud's three field goals.
The Vikings, who gained 222 yards rushing in the NFL championship Game against Cleveland, managed just 67 yards on the ground against Kansas City.
Despite committing five turnovers, Minnesota got back in the game on Dave Osborn's short TD plunge in the third quarter to make it 16-7. But the Chiefs answered as Dawson hit Otis Taylor for 46 yards for the final score of the game.
Dawson, the fourth consecutive quarterback to be voted the game's most valuable player, completed 12 of 17 passes for 142 yards. He had been the subject of rumors about a gambling connection in the buildup to the game, but was completely exonerated.
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