Minnesota Vikings 7
Super Bowl IV featured the NFL champion Minnesota Vikings, led by head coach Bud Grant, and the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs, making their second Super Bowl appearance in four years. Hank Stram had coached the Chiefs to an 11-3 record while the Vikings finished the regular season 12-2. The Chiefs were listed as 13-point underdogs going into the game.
Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson was the big story off the field when his name was mentioned in a federal investigation into sports gambling. Dawson's involvement stemmed from the arrest of Donald Dawson (no relation), who was carrying more than $400,000 as well as Len's telephone number. The reports eventually proved to be unfounded.
On game day, the Chiefs jumped out to a 9-0 lead on three field goals by Jan Stenerud, then took advantage of a fumbled kickoff by Charlie West to open a 16-0 lead at half-time. The Chiefs dominated the first-half registering 10 first downs to only four by the Vikings. The Chiefs also outgained Minnesota, 147 yards to 95.
The Vikings got things going with their first possession of the second-half. Starting on their own 31, they moved down the field in 10 plays as Dave Osborn punched the ball over the goal line, reducing the lead to nine points, but that was as close as they would get.
The Chiefs defense shut out the Vikings the rest of the way and recorded a 23-7 Super Bowl victory.