|1962 American Football League season|
|Duration||September 7 – December 16, 1962|
|Date||December 23, 1962|
|Eastern Champion||Houston Oilers|
|Western Champion||Dallas Texans|
|Site||Jeppesen Stadium, Houston, Texas|
The 1962 American Football League season was the third regular season of the American Football League (AFL). It consisted of 8 franchises split into two divisions: the East Division (Buffalo Bills, Houston Oilers, Titans of New York, Boston Patriots) and the West Division (San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, Dallas Texans, Oakland Raiders).
The season ended when the Texans defeated the Houston Oilers in the AFL Championship game.
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.
The 1962 season started out as a race between Houston and Boston in the East, and Dallas and Denver in the West. After seven games, the Broncos were 6–1–0 and the Texans right behind at 5–1–0, while Boston and Houston were tied at 4–2–0.
In Week Eight, Buffalo beat Denver 45–38, while Dallas won at Houston, 31–7. The Oilers' loss, and Boston's 26–16 win over Oakland, put the Patriots and Texans at the top of their divisions. The next week, though, Houston won its rematch at Dallas, 14–6, and though it did not help the Oilers, Denver made a comeback to win 23–20 at San Diego to reclaim the division lead on November 4. In Week Ten, Boston beat Denver 33–29. Houston stayed half a game behind Boston, while Dallas pulled half a game ahead of Denver.
In Week Eleven (November 18), Houston won at Boston, 21–17, to reclaim the East, and Dallas won 24–3 at Denver to boost its lead. Houston and Boston continued to win, but in the final week, the Oilers clinched the division with a 44–10 in over the Titans.
|1||Tie (Hou, TNY)||1–0–0||Tie (Dal, Den)||1–0–0|
|2||(Bos, Hou, TNY)||1–1–0||Tie (Den, Dal)||2–0–0|
|3||(Bos, Hou, TNY)||2–1–0||Dallas Texans||2–0–0|
|4||Tie (Bos, Hou)||2–1–0||Dallas Texans||3–0–0|
|5||Tie (Bos, Hou)||3–1–0||Denver Broncos||4–1–0|
|6||Houston Oilers||4–1–0||Denver Broncos||5–1–0|
|7||Tie (Bos, Hou)||4–2–0||Denver Broncos||6–1–0|
|8||Boston Patriots||5–2–0||Dallas Texans||6–1–0|
|9||Boston Patriots||5–2–1||Denver Broncos||7–2–0|
|10||Boston Patriots||6–2–1||Dallas Texans||7–2–0|
|11||Houston Oilers||7–3–0||Dallas Texans||8–2–0|
|12||Houston Oilers||8–3–0||Dallas Texans||9–2–0|
|13||Houston Oilers||9–3–0||Dallas Texans||9–3–0|
|14||Houston Oilers||10–3–0||Dallas Texans||10–3–0|
|15||Houston Oilers||11–3–0||Dallas Texans||11–3–0|
|Home/Road||Eastern Division||Western Division|
|Titans of New York||14–43||3–20||10–44||31–52||10–32||31–21||23–3|
|San Diego Chargers||14–20||20–40||17–42||40–14||32–28||20–23||31–21|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
|AFL Championship Game|
|December 23, 1962 – Jeppesen Stadium|
|Dallas Texans (2OT)||20|
| Most Valuable Player || Cookie Gilchrist, fullback, Buffalo Bills|
Len Dawson, quarterback, Dallas Texans
|Coach of the Year||Jack Faulkner, Denver Broncos|
|Rookie of the Year||Curtis McClinton, fullback, Dallas Texans|
|1962 All-AFL Team|
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