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The U.S. Women’s National Team went through 2013 with an unbeaten 13-0-3 record. Friday night, they opened their 2014 season with a win in Frisco, Texas against Canada. Sydney Leroux scored the lone goal in the 78th minute.

Match Notes:

  • Becky Sauerbrunn, who assisted the night’s goal, became the 46th player in U.S. WNT history to reach 50 career appearances.
  • The U.S. WNT moved to 47-3-5 all-time against Canada, the host nation of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • 20 year old Morgan Brian made her first start in her fourth overall appearance.
  • Head coach Tom Sermanni has started his second year with the U.S. WNT. The USA is now 14-0-3 under Sermanni.
  • Solo now has 68 career shutouts and is only three clean sheets behind all-time leader Briana Scurry (71 shutouts from 1994-2008).
  • Amy Rodriguez entered the game in the 88th minute for Megan Rapinoe, marking her first appearance back for the USA since giving birth to a baby boy last August.
  • The two teams played in front of a raucous crowd of 20,862 at Toyota Stadium. It marked the largest crowd for a WNT home game in more than a decade, when 23,176 fans watched the USA beat Mexico 3-1 on Nov. 2, 2003, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
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-KICKOFF COVERAGE’S: HISTORY OF THE 32 IN 32-

-GREEN BAY PACKERS-

1966

PACKERS GO 12-2 & CRUISE TO THE SUPER BOWL, CRUSH THE CHIEFS 35-10 TO WIN THE FIRST SUPER BOWL IN NFL HISTORY:

1966 would prove one of the most important years ever for both the Packers and the NFL as a whole. In 1959, Lamar Hunt and several others, frustrated at the league’s lack of interest in expansion, began a rival organization, the American Football League. The AFL was initially laughed at by the NFL, but by 1965 were a serious competitor and began engaging in bidding wars for top college players. This culminated in the New York Jets offering Alabama QB Joe Namath a then unheard of $400,000 contract. During the spring of 1966, NFL and AFL heads met and agreed to an eventual merger into one big league, but only when the latter was deemed up to parity. Until then, the champions of both leagues would meet on a neutral site in January to determine the ultimate champion.

The Packers meanwhile had one of the finest seasons in franchise history, finishing 12-2 and with Bart Starr being named league MVP. They met the Eastern Conference winner Dallas Cowboys in the Cotton Bowl for the NFL championship. This celebrated game saw the Packers win 34-27. The Packers went on to defeat the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in Super Bowl I at the LA Coliseum. Bart Starr was named the game’s MVP.

The First AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professiona lfootball, later known as Super Bowl I and referred to in some contemporary reports as the Supergame, was played on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles,California. The National Football League (NFL) champion Green Bay Packers defeated the American Football League (AFL) championKansas City Chiefs by the score of 35–10.

Coming into this game, considerable animosity remained between the AFL and NFL, thus the teams representing the two rival leagues (Kansas City and Green Bay, respectively) felt pressure to win. The Chiefs posted an 11–2–1 record during the 1966 AFL season, and defeated the Buffalo Bills, 31–7, in 1966 AFL Championship Game. The Packers finished the 1966 NFL season at 12–2, and defeated theDallas Cowboys, 34–27, in the 1966 NFL Championship Game. Still, many sports writers and fans believed any team in the older NFL was vastly superior to any club in the upstart AFL, so expected Green Bay would blow out Kansas City.

The first half of Super Bowl I was competitive, as the Chiefs out-gained the Packers in total yards, 181–164, to come within 14–10 at halftime. But Green Bay safety Willie Wood’s 50-yard interception return early in the third quarter sparked the Packers to score 21 unanswered points in the second half. Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr, who completed 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, with 1 interception, was named Super Bowl MVP.

It is the only Super Bowl to have been simulcast in the United States by two networks: NBC had the rights to nationally televise AFL games, while CBS held the rights to broadcast NFL games; both networks were allowed to televise the game. The first Super Bowl’s entertainment largely consisted of college bands, instead of featuring popular singers and musicians as in more recent Super Bowls.