1964 American Football League season

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1964 American Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 12 – December 20, 1964
Playoffs
DateDecember 26, 1964
Eastern Champion Buffalo Bills
Western Champion San Diego Chargers
Site War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York
Champion Buffalo Bills
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Oilers
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Jets
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Bills
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Patriots
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Chargers
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Chiefs
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Raiders
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Broncos
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The 1964 American Football League season was the fifth regular season of the AFL.

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The season ended when the Buffalo Bills defeated the San Diego Chargers in the AFL Championship game.

This was the final season of AFL telecasts on ABC before the games moved to NBC for the following season.

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 a tie in the standings at the top of either division, a one-game playoff would be held to determine the division winner.

The Buffalo Bills won their first nine games, before Boston beat them at home on November 15, 36–28. Buffalo came back from a 24–14 deficit at San Diego on Thanksgiving Day to eke out a 27–24 win. On December 6 at Oakland, the Raiders beat the Bills on the final play of the game, 16–13, and did not try for an extra point. [1] Boston won at Kansas City, 31–24, to take Buffalo's lead away. In Week Fourteen, Boston was idle, and Buffalo took a 1/2 game lead with a 30–19 win at Denver. As it turned out, the Eastern Division title would come down to the final game of the season, with Buffalo (11–2–0) traveling to Boston (10–2–1) on December 20, with the winner to take all. Jack Kemp led the Bills to three touchdowns for a 24–14 win to capture the title.

The Western Division race was less dramatic. In Week Six, the Chargers took a lead over the Chiefs during a six-game winning streak, and held that lead for the rest of the season.

WeekEasternWestern
1Tie (Bos, Buf, NYJ)1–0–0San Diego1–0–0
2Tie (Bos, Buf)1–1–0San Diego1–1–0
3Tie (Bos, Buf)3–0–0Kansas City1–1–0
4Tie (Bos, Buf)4–0–0Kansas City2–1–0
5Buffalo5–0–0Kansas City2–2–0
6Buffalo6–0–0San Diego3–2–1
7Buffalo7–0–0San Diego4–2–1
8Buffalo8–0–0San Diego5–2–1
9Buffalo9–0–0San Diego6–2–1
10Buffalo9–1–0San Diego7–2–1
11Buffalo9–1–0San Diego7–2–1
12Buffalo10–1–0San Diego7–3–1
13Boston10–2–1San Diego8–3–1
14Buffalo11–2–0San Diego8–4–1
15 Buffalo 12–2–0 San Diego 8–5–1

Regular season

Results

Home/RoadEastern DivisionWestern Division
BOS BUF HOU NY DEN KC OAK SD
Eastern Boston Patriots 14–2425–2426–1012–724–743–4317–26
Buffalo Bills 28–3624–1034–2430–1334–1723–2030–3
Houston Oilers 17–3417–4833–1734–1519–2842–2817–20
New York Jets 35–147–2024–2130–627–1435–1317–17
Western Denver Broncos 10–3919–3017–3820–1633–2720–2020–31
Kansas City Chiefs 24–3122–3528–724–749–3942–714–28
Oakland Raiders 14–1716–1320–1035–2640–79–2121–20
San Diego Chargers 28–3324–2727–2138–342–146–4931–17

Standings

Playoffs

 
AFL Championship Game
 
  
 
December 26, 1964 – War Memorial Stadium
 
 
San Diego Chargers 7
 
 
Buffalo Bills 20
 

Stadium changes

Coaching changes

Offseason

In-season

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References

  1. "Flores Flips Winner With 4 Seconds Left," The Fresno Bee, Dec 7, 1964, p8-B