The Texans won their first AFL championship (and only title in Dallas) when they defeated their intrastate rivals, the Houston Oilers, 20–17 in double overtime—a game which now stands as the second longest game in pro football history and the longest in AFL history.
Coach Hank Stram was named the AFL Coach of the Year and RBCurtis McClinton (Kansas) was named AFL Rookie of the Year. Haynes became the franchise’s first 1,000-yard rusher, concluding the season with 1,049 yards and an AFL-high 13 rushing TDs.
The Texans set an AFL record for completion percentage in a season (60.6%). They led the league in both points scored (389), fewest points allowed (233), and total touchdowns (50; 29 passing, 21 rushing) in 1962.
The Texans clinched their initial AFL Western Division Championship in November and finished with an 11–3 regular season record. Dallas won the ‘62 AFL Championship when KTommy Brooker connected on a 25-yard field goal during the second overtime of the title game, giving the Texans a 20–17 victory at Houston (12/23). Spanning an elapsed time of 77:54, the game still stands as the second-longest contest in pro football history as the franchise claimed its first of three AFL titles. The game is the longest in the history of the American Football League.