1961 San Diego Chargers season

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1961 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Sid Gillman
Home field Balboa Stadium
Results
Record 12–2
Division place 1st Western Division
Playoff finish Lost AFL Championship (Houston Oilers) (10–3)
Timeline
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< 1960 1962 >

The 1961 San Diego Chargers season was the team's second in the American Football League. It was the Chargers' first season in San Diego where the team has remained ever since. Like the previous season, the Chargers' season ended with a loss to the Houston Oilers in the AFL Championship game.

The 1961 Chargers set a modern-era pro football record with 66 takeaways, most in AFL or NFL history.[1] The Chargers also recorded the most interceptions returned for a touchdown in both league histories with nine, with the team recording a total of 49 interceptions for 929 yards, both NFL records.[2]

Season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1961 at Dallas Texans W 26–10
24,500
2 September 17, 1961 Oakland Raiders W 44–0
20,216
3 September 24, 1961 Houston Oilers W 34–24
29,210
4 September 30, 1961 at Buffalo Bills W 19–11
20,742
5 October 7, 1961 at Boston Patriots W 38–27
17,748
6 October 15, 1961 at New York Titans W 25–10
12,014
7 October 22, 1961 at Oakland Raiders W 41–10
12,014
8 October 29, 1961 Denver Broncos W 37–0
32,584
9 November 5, 1961 New York Titans W 48–13
33,391
10 November 12, 1961 at Denver Broncos W 19–16
7,859
11 November 19, 1961 Dallas Texans W 24–14
33,788
12 December 3, 1961 at Houston Oilers L 33–13
37,845
13 December 10, 1961 Buffalo Bills W 28–10
24,486
14 December 17, 1961 Boston Patriots L 41–0
21,339

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Championship December 24, 1961 Houston Oilers L 10–3
29,556

References[edit]