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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Chiefs prove AFL is for real
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Jan. 11, 1970

Despite the New York Jets' stunning upset of the Baltimore Colts in the Super Bowl a year ago, many fans remain skeptical about the AFL. They expect the balance of power to be restored to the NFL in today's Super Bowl IV.

It's not. The Kansas City Chiefs show that the Jets' victory wasn't a fluke. Scoring four of the first five times they have the ball (three Jan Stenerud field goals and a five-yard touchdown run by Mike Garrett), the Chiefs tear through the Minnesota Vikings' "Purple People Eaters" to take a 16-0 halftime lead.

About the only thing the Vikings eat today is crow. Quarterback Len Dawson, the game's MVP, throws a 46-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and the Chiefs win, 23-7. Defensively, the Chiefs hold the Vikings to 239 total yards.

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