The Colts were heavily favored to win even by sportswriters in Cleveland, due in large part to their strong receiving corps and to Unitas, who had 2,824 passing yards and won the league's Most Valuable Player award.
Baltimore got out to a 10–0 lead at halftime while using halfback Tom Matte at quarterback, but the Packers, coached by Vince Lombardi, made a comeback in the second half and tied the score at the end of regulation.
Donald Francis Shula (born January 4, 1930) is a former professional American football coach and player who is best known as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, the team he led to two Super Bowl victories, and to the only perfect season in the history of the National Football League (NFL).
Furthermore, he led teams that featured teams with strong defenses, strong passing offenses and/or strong running offenses.
In his first Super Bowl, the Colts set the record for the longest period to be shut out, not scoring until remained in the game.
He did not try out for the team because of his mother's prohibition on him playing and because he was recovering from a bout of pneumonia, but an assistant football coach noticed him in a gym class and convinced him to join.
Shula graduated in 1951 as a sociology major with a minor in mathematics, and was offered a job teaching and coaching at Canton Lincoln High School in Canton, Ohio for $3,750 a year ($34,245 in 2016).
Shula's Miami teams were known for great offensive lines (led by Larry Little, Jim Langer, and Bob Kuechenberg), strong running games (featuring Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick, and Mercury Morris), solid quarterbacking (by Bob Griese and Earl Morrall), excellent receivers (in Paul Warfield, Howard Twilley, and TE Jim Mandich) and a defense that worked well as a cohesive unit.
The Dolphins were known as "The No-Name Defense", though they had a number of great players, including DT Manny Fernandez and MLB Nick Buoniconti.
The Jets were led by quarterback Joe Namath, who guaranteed a victory before the game despite being the underdog. Shula spent one more season as the head coach of the 8-5-1 Colts, and missed the playoffs.
He compiled a 71–23–4 record in seven seasons with Baltimore, but was just 2–3 in the postseason, including upset losses in the 1964 NFL Championship Game and Super Bowl III, where the Colts were heavy favorites.
In 1983, shortly after losing Super Bowl XVII to the Washington Redskins, the Dolphins drafted quarterback Dan Marino out of the University of Pittsburgh.
Marino won the starting job halfway through the 1983 regular season, and by 1984, the Dolphins were back in the Super Bowl, due largely to Marino's record 5,084 yards through the air and 48 touchdown passes.
At his next Super Bowl, the Dolphins set the record for the lowest points scored by any team, with one field goal.