1966 American Football League season

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1966 American Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 2, 1966 – December 18, 1966
Playoffs
Date January 1, 1967
Eastern Champion Buffalo Bills
Western Champion Kansas City Chiefs
Site War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York
Champion Kansas City Chiefs
American Football League seasons
 < 1965 1967 > 

The 1966 American Football League season was the seventh regular season of the American Football League, and one of the last before the AFL-NFL Merger. The league entered talks with the National Football League regarding a merger, which would take effect fully in 1970.

The season also saw the debut of the Miami Dolphins. This gave the AFL 9 teams (an odd number). A sixth official, the Line Judge, is added to the officiating crew.

The season ended when the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bills in the AFL Championship game, only to be defeated by the National Football League's Green Bay Packers in the first ever AFL-NFL World Championship Game which is now known as the Super Bowl.

Division Races[edit]

With the addition of Miami, the AFL had 9 teams, grouped into two divisions, and still played a 14 game schedule. With 8 clubs, each one had played a home-and-away game against the other 7 teams. All nine teams faced each other at least once, and each team would play six others twice. Though Boston and Miami were both in the Eastern Division, they met only once that season, on November 27 (each team played Western Division teams Kansas City and Denver twice, while Boston also played San Diego twice and Miami played Oakland twice --- meaning that the Patriots and Dolphins each had a schedule that called for them to face three non-division opponents more often than they played a divisional opponent). 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.

Week EASTERN WESTERN
1 HOUSTON 1–0–0 Tie (Oak, SD) 1–0–0
2 HOUSTON 2–0–0 Tie (KC, SD) 2–0–0
3 N.Y. JETS 2–0–0 Tie (KC, SD) 2–0–0
4 N.Y. JETS 3–0–0 Tie (KC, SD) 3–0–0
5 N.Y. JETS 3–0–1 SAN DIEGO 4–0–0
6 N.Y. JETS 4–0–1 Tie (KC, SD) 4–1–0
7 N.Y. JETS 4–1–1 SAN DIEGO 4–1–1
8 N.Y. JETS 4–2–1 KANSAS CITY 5–2–0
9 BOSTON 4–2–1 KANSAS CITY 6–2–0
10 BUFFALO 5–3–1 KANSAS CITY 7–2–0
11 BUFFALO 6–3–1 KANSAS CITY 8–2–0
12 BUFFALO 7–3–1 KANSAS CITY 8–2–1
13 BUFFALO 8–3–1 KANSAS CITY 9–2–1
14 BOSTON 7–3–2 KANSAS CITY 9–2–1
15 BOSTON 8–3–2 KANSAS CITY 10–2–1
16 BUFFALO 9–4–1 KANSAS CITY 11–2–1

Standings[edit]

Source:[1] Prior to the season, the AFL-NFL Merger was announced, including both leagues agreeing to play an annual AFL-NFL World Championship Game (later known as the Super Bowl) beginning in January 1967.

Also, the Miami Dolphins joined the AFL as an expansion team.

Eastern Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
*Buffalo Bills 9 4 1 .692 358 255
Boston Patriots 8 4 2 .677 315 283
New York Jets 6 6 2 .500 322 312
Houston Oilers 3 11 0 .214 335 396
Miami Dolphins 3 11 0 .214 213 362
Western Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
*Kansas City Chiefs 11 2 1 .846 448 276
Oakland Raiders 8 5 1 .615 315 288
San Diego Chargers 7 6 1 .538 335 284
Denver Broncos 4 10 0 .286 196 381


* — Qualified for Championship Game.

Playoffs[edit]

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