Jan. 11, 1970
New Orleans, Louisiana
MVP: Len Dawson, QB, Kansas City
Minnesota Vikings 7, Kansas City Chiefs 23
Super Bowl IV, the fourth AFL-World Championship Game in professional American football, was played on a January 11, 1970, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. The American Football League (AFL) champion Kansas City Chiefs defeated the National Football League champion Minnesota Vikings by the score of 23-7. This victory by the AFL squared the Super Bowl series with the at two games apiece. This was also the final AFL-World Championship Game before the two leagues merged into one after the season.
Despite the AFL’s New York Jets winning the previous season’s Super Bowl, many sports writers and fans thought it was a fluke and continued to believe that the was still superior to the AFL, and thus fully expected the Vikings to defeat the Chiefs; the Vikings entered the Super Bowl as 12.5 to 13-point favorites. Minnesota posted a 12-2 record during the 1969 season before defeating the Cleveland Browns, 27-7, in the 1969 Championship Game. The Chiefs, who previously appeared in the first Super Bowl, finished the 1969 AFL season at 11-3, and defeated the Oakland Raiders, 17-7, in the 1969 AFL Championship Game.