1965 American Football League season

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1965 American Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 11 – December 19, 1965
Playoffs
Date December 26, 1965
Eastern Champion Buffalo Bills
Western Champion San Diego Chargers
Site Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California
Champion Buffalo Bills
American Football League seasons
 < 1964 1966 > 


The 1965 American Football League season was the sixth regular season of the American Football League.

The season also saw a change of television address as the games moved from ABC to NBC.

The season ended when the Buffalo Bills defeated the San Diego Chargers in the AFL Championship game. The next season, the AFL would join the NFL to form the AFL-NFL World Championship game, known today as the Super Bowl.

Division Races[edit]

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.

There was little drama in either of the AFL's division races in 1965. The Bills led the Eastern Division from start to finish, ending five games ahead of the 5–8–1 Jets. In the Western Division, San Diego had three potential wins cancelled out when they were tied by Kansas City (10–10), Boston (13–13) and Buffalo (20–20), but their 9–2–3 finish (.818) was well ahead of Oakland's 8–5–1 record (.615).

Week EASTERN WESTERN
1 Tie (Buf, Hou) 1–0–0 Tie (Oak, SD) 1–0–0
2 Tie (Buf, Hou) 2–0–0 SAN DIEGO 2–0–0
3 BUFFALO 3–0–0 SAN DIEGO 2–0–1
4 BUFFALO 4–0–0 SAN DIEGO 3–0–1
5 BUFFALO 4–1–0 SAN DIEGO 4–0–1
6 BUFFALO 5–1–0 SAN DIEGO 4–0–2
7 BUFFALO 6–1–0 SAN DIEGO 5–0–2
8 BUFFALO 6–2–0 SAN DIEGO 5–1–2
9 BUFFALO 7–2–0 SAN DIEGO 6–1–2
10 BUFFALO 8–2–0 SAN DIEGO 6–2–2
11 BUFFALO 8–2–0 SAN DIEGO 6–2–2
12 BUFFALO 8–2–1 SAN DIEGO 6–2–3
13 BUFFALO 9–2–1 SAN DIEGO 7–2–3
14 BUFFALO 10–2–1 SAN DIEGO 8–2–3
15 BUFFALO 10–3–1 SAN DIEGO 9–2–3

Standings [1][edit]

Eastern Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
*Buffalo Bills 10 3 1 .769 313 226
New York Jets 5 8 1 .385 285 303
Boston Patriots 4 8 2 .333 244 302
Houston Oilers 4 10 0 .286 298 429
Western Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
*San Diego Chargers 9 2 3 .818 340 227
Oakland Raiders 8 5 1 .615 298 239
Kansas City Chiefs 7 5 2 .583 322 285
Denver Broncos 4 10 0 .286 303 392


* — Qualified for Championship Game.

Playoffs[edit]

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