1960 American Football League Championship Game

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1960 American Football League Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Los Angeles 6 3 7 0 16
Houston 0 10 7 7 24
Date January 1, 1961
Stadium Jeppesen Stadium
City Houston, Texas
Referee John McDonough
Attendance 32,183
TV/Radio in the United States
TV Network ABC
TV Announcers Jack Buck, George Ratterman and Les Keiter
Timeline
Inaugural season Next game
1960 1961

The 1960 American Football League Championship Game was the first AFL title game. The game was played on New Year's Day 1961 at Jeppesen Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Background[edit]

The game matched the Eastern Division champion Houston Oilers (10–4), against the Western Division champion Los Angeles Chargers (10–4), in the first championship game of the new American Football League.

Game summary[edit]

The AFL had established a format in which championship games would be alternated each year between the Western Division winners and the Eastern Division. The first game was originally scheduled to be played in the cavernous Los Angeles Coliseum, but it was moved to the cozier Jeppesen Stadium in Houston, where it drew 32,183.

The Chargers led 6–0 in the first quarter on two field goals by Ben Agajanian, one of only two players (Hardy Brown) who played in the AAFC, the NFL and the AFL. In the second period, Houston scored on a 17-yard Blanda pass to All-AFL fullback Dave Smith, then answered a 27 yard Agajanian field goal with a 17-yard kick by Blanda. In the final quarter, Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon caught a short toss from Blanda and went for an 88-yard touchdown scamper. The Chargers, down by eight points, tried to reach the end zone on their final possession. Had they scored they could have gone for the two-point conversion, but the clock ran out with the Chargers at the Oilers' 22-yard line. The Oilers won the first American Football League championship, 24–16.