By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — Fourty-nine years ago, it appears, nobody realized the historical significance of Super Bowl I.
The original broadcast, aired on both CBS and NBC, has been forever lost.
Now, the game has been resurrected thanks to painstaking work by editors at NFL Films.
While not the actual original broadcast, the crews have managed to splice together footage of every single play from that game between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. (Both teams, by the way could reach Super Bowl 50.)
That’s 145 plays and will be as close to the original event as technically possible.
The video will be played over the original NBC radio audio, called by Jim Simpson and George Ratterman.
The special “Super Bowl I: The Lost Game” will air on Friday, the anniversary of the original game, on NFL Network at 7 p.m.
The New York Times reports that a videotape of the original CBS broadcast was found at a TV station in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. However, it’s not complete, missing the halftime show and part of the third quarter.
According to NFL Network, the special will also include:
— Wired sound from Packers head coach Vince Lombardi
— Footage of a post game interview with Chiefs head coach Hank Stram and NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle being interviewed by Pat Summerall
— An interview with Super Bowl I CBS producer Bill Creasy on why the second half kickoff was kicked twice.