1965 American Football League Championship Game
|1965 American Football League Championship Game|
|Date||December 26, 1965|
|City||San Diego, CA|
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- BUF – Warlick 18 pass from Kemp (Gogolak kick) 7-0 BUF
- BUF – Byrd 74 punt return (Gogolak kick) 14-0 BUF
- BUF – Field goal Gogolak 11 17-0 BUF
- BUF – Field goal Gogolak 39 20-0 BUF
- BUF – Field goal Gogolak 32 23-0 BUF
This game marked the last time that a final pro football championship was decided in December, within the same calendar year as the regular season games. The following season would conclude with the first Super Bowl played in January 1967.
This is the last professional American football championship game to have been won by a team from Buffalo, New York, as well as the last of any major league team from the city. Indeed, the fortunes of both teams, and for that matter both cities, would go southward since then. The Bills would not appear in another championship game until Super Bowl XXV when the infamous Wide Right occurred, and would also proceed to lose the next three Super Bowls. The Chargers meanwhile would not appear in another championship until Super Bowl XXIX, which they lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 49-26. Both San Diego and Buffalo presently as of 2014 have the longest and third longest championship droughts respectively for any city that has at least two major sports franchises.
Marty Schottenheimer, then as a rookie linebacker for the Bills, would go on to have a long coaching career in the NFL, including becoming the head coach of the Chargers from 2002-2006. He, too, would not win another championship in his career until the 2011 UFL Championship Game.