#WNSTSweet16 Best Local Sports Playoff Moments

January 14, 2014 | Luke Jones

8. Jim O’Brien kicks the game-winning field goal in Super Bowl V

The Colts were able to exorcise some demons from their shocking Super Bowl III loss, but their 16-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys is often viewed as one of the worst contests in Super Bowl history as the teams committed a record 11 turnovers and Baltimore turned it over seven times, the highest total ever by a winning team in the game. This was also the first Super Bowl played after the completion of the AFL-NFL merger as the Colts moved to the newly-formed AFC for the 1970 season.

An aging Johnny Unitas was knocked out of the game early and replaced by backup Earl Morrall, who was regarded by some teammates as just as good as the legendary quarterback at that point in his career. Kicker Jim O’Brien booted the game-winning 32-yard field goal with five seconds remaining, but it was Dallas linebacker Chuck Howley who won the game’s MVP award, another illustration of how ugly the contest was.

Late defensive end Bubba Smith was famously known for never wearing his Super Bowl V ring because of his team’s sloppy play, but the game did serve as some consolation to the Colts for their embarrassing defeat to the New York Jets two years earlier.


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