LIFE releases rare photos from Super Bowl I

elijah-pitts-super-bowl-i-time-life.jpgWith the 47th Super Bowl less than three weeks away, LIFE has released a series of photos taken during the first ever world championship game. This look inside the big game shows the Green Bay Packers going toe to toe with the Kansas City Chiefs before ultimately claiming a victory.

The photos are also an example of how times have changed since the first Super Bowl in 1966. The difference in facemasks and padding is one thing, but one picture shows Kansas City quarterback Len Dawson smoking a cigarette in the locker room. That's surely not something you'd see a player doing during a game in 2013.

While the first Super Bowl was the only one broadcast on two networks simultaneously, it's also the only one that did not have a sellout crowd. Halftime wasn't quite the spectacle viewers have become accustomed to, either. Beyonce may be headlining Super Bowl XLVII's halftime show, but the first championship game's halftime consisted of the University of Arizona and University of Michigan marching bands.

Super Bowl XLVII takes place Feburary 3 on CBS.
Photo/Video credit: LIFE