1963 San Diego Chargers season

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1963 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Sid Gillman
Home field Balboa Stadium
Results
Record 11–3
Division place 1st Western Division
Playoff finish Won AFL Championship (Patriots) (51–10)
Timeline
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< 1962 1964 >

The 1963 San Diego Chargers season was the team's 4th in the American Football League. The team had gone 4–10 record in 1962. They won their only AFL Championship with a win over the Boston Patriots. Lance Alworth was named the league M.V.P.

The 1963 team was the Chargers' only championship season, AFL or NFL.[1] This is also the most recent world championship ever won by a major league sports team in the city and county of San Diego. In 2003, the team was inducted into the Chargers Ring of Honor.[2]

The Chargers were the only AFL team to go undefeated against four teams in the regular season that would go on to make the postseason.[3] The 1963 San Diego Chargers are also perhaps infamously known for being one of the first major sports teams in North America to have ever been known to use steroids.[4]

Season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 8, 1963 Buffalo Bills W 14–10
22,344
2 September 14, 1963 Boston Patriots W 17–13
26,097
3 September 29, 1963 Kansas City Chiefs W 24–10
22,654
4 October 6, 1963 at Denver Broncos L 34–50
18,428
5 October 13, 1963 New York Jets W 24–20
27,189
6 October 20, 1963 at Kansas City Chiefs W 38–17
30,107
7 October 27, 1963 Oakland Raiders L 33–34
30,182
8 November 2, 1963 at New York Jets W 53–7
18,336
9 November 10, 1963 at Boston Patriots W 7–6
28,402
10 November 17, 1963 at Buffalo Bills W 23–13
38,592
11 December 1, 1963 Houston Oilers W 27–0
31,713
12 December 8, 1963 at Oakland Raiders L 27–41
20,249
13 December 15, 1963 at Houston Oilers W 20–14
18,540
14 December 22, 1963 Denver Broncos W 58–20
31,312

Game summaries[edit]

Week 8[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Chargers 7 17 14 15 53
Jets 0 0 0 7 7

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Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 10 3 0 20
• Chargers 10 16 10 22 58

[6]


Standings[edit]

AFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers 11 3 0 .786 3–3 399 255 W2
Oakland Raiders 10 4 0 .714 6–0 363 282 W8
Kansas City Chiefs 5 7 2 .417 2–4 347 263 W3
Denver Broncos 2 11 1 .154 1–5 301 473 L7

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Championship January 5, 1964 Boston Patriots W 51–10
30,127

References[edit]