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1963 American Football League season
Regular season September 7, 1963 - December 22, 1963
All-Star game

The 1963 American Football League season was the fourth regular season of the American Football League.

The season ended when the San Diego Chargers defeated the Boston Patriots in the AFL Championship game.


Division Races

The AFL had 8 teams, grouped into two divisions. Each team would play a home-and-away game against the other 7 teams in the league for a total of 14 games, and the best team in the Eastern Division would play against the best in the Western Division in a championship game. If there was tie in the standings, a playoff would be held to determine the division winner. San Diego led the Western Division for the entire season, with Oakland following one game behind from Week Eight onward. The Raiders had started at 2-0, then lost four straight, then began a winning streak. Starting from a 2-4-0 handicap was insurmountable, and although Oakland beat San Diego twice (34-33 on October 27, and 41-27 on December 8), its 10-4-0 record wasn't an 11-3-0.

The Eastern race changed in Week Seven, after the Jets lost to Oakland, 49-26, and the Patriots and Oilers tied at 4-3-0 for the lead. Houston pulled ahead the next week, and Boston beat them 45-3 the week after that; the next week, Boston lost 7-6 to San Diego, while Houston beat the Jets 31-27 to pull ahead again. Two weeks later (Week Twelve), San Diego beat Houston 27-0, while Boston led again after a 17-7 win over Buffalo. In Week Thirteen, Boston was at 7-5-1, and Buffalo and Houston right behind. In the final week, spoiler San Diego took out Houston, 20-14. Buffalo won 19-10 over the Jets, while Boston lost 35-3 to Kansas City, giving the Bills and Pats records of 7-6-1 and forcing a playoff.

1 BOSTON 1-0-0 Tie (KC, Oak, SD) 1-0-0
2 Tie (Bos, Hou) 1-1-0 Tie (Oak, SD) 2-0-0
3 BOSTON 2-1-0 Tie (SD, KC) 2-0-0
4 N.Y. JETS 2-1-0 SAN DIEGO 3-0-0
5 N.Y. JETS 3-1-0 SAN DIEGO 3-1-0
6 N.Y. JETS 3-2-0 SAN DIEGO 4-1-0
7 Tie (Bos, Hou) 4-3-0 SAN DIEGO 5-1-0
8 HOUSTON 5-3-0 SAN DIEGO 5-2-0
9 Tie (Bos, Hou) 5-4-0 SAN DIEGO 6-2-0
10 HOUSTON 6-4-0 SAN DIEGO 7-2-0
11 HOUSTON 6-4-0 SAN DIEGO 8-2-0
12 Tie (Bos, Hou) 6-5-1 SAN DIEGO 9-2-0
13 BOSTON 7-5-1 SAN DIEGO 9-3-0
14 Tie (Bos, Buf) 7-6-1 SAN DIEGO 10-3-0
15 Tie (Bos, Buf) 7-6-1 SAN DIEGO 11-3-0

Standings [1]

The Dallas Texans relocated to Kansas City, Missouri and changed the team's name to the Kansas City Chiefs. Meanwhile, the New York Titans went under new ownership and changed their name the New York Jets as they prepared to move from the Polo Grounds in upper Manhattan to Shea Stadium in Queens near LaGuardia Airport, and their colors went from navy blue and gold to green and white.

Eastern Division
*Boston Patriots 7 6 1 .538 327 257
Buffalo Bills 7 6 1 .538 304 291
Houston Oilers 6 8 0 .429 302 372
New York Jets 5 8 1 .385 249 399
Western Division
*San Diego Chargers 11 3 0 .786 399 255
Oakland Raiders 10 4 0 .714 363 282
Kansas City Chiefs 5 7 2 .417 347 263
Denver Broncos 2 11 1 .154 301 473

* — Qualified for Championship Game.
Italics denote playoff teams.


External links

1963 AFL Season
Eastern Division Western Division
Boston Denver
Buffalo Kansas City
Houston Oakland
New York Jets San Diego
1963 AFL DraftAFL Playoffs1963 AFL All-Star game
Related: 1963 NFL Season


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