Although not as severe as the "Ice Bowl" ( NFL Championship Game, 1967) the weather conditions were bitterly cold with a temperature of 8 degrees F. Cleveland LB Jim Houston suffered frostbite during the game and was hospitalized.
Minnesota had gone 12-2 during the regular season, including a 51-3 defeat of the Browns, and had defeated the Los Angeles Rams in the Western Conference championship a week earlier at Met Stadium. The Vikings were coached by Bud Grant and led on offense by quarterback Joe Kapp and WR Gene Washington . The defense allowed only 133 points (9.50 per game) during the regular season and was led by the front four line known as the Purple People Eaters.
1 – From 1966 to 1969, the first four Super Bowls were "World Championship" games played between two independent professional football leagues, AFL and NFL, and when the league merged in 1970 the Super Bowl became the NFL Championship Game. 2 – Dates in the list denote the season, not the calendar year in which the championship game was played. For instance, Super Bowl XLI was played in 2007, but was the championship for the 2006 season.