1963 American Football League playoffs

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1963 American Football League Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Boston 7 3 0 0 10
San Diego 21 10 7 13 51
Date January 5, 1964
Stadium Balboa Stadium
City San Diego, California
Attendance 30,127 [1]
TV/Radio in the United States
TV Network ABC
TV Announcers Curt Gowdy, Paul Christman[2]
Previous game Next game
1962 1964

The 1963 American Football League Championship Game was the fourth AFL title game. At the end of the regular season, the San Diego Chargers (11–3) won the Western Division for the third time in the four year existence of the AFL. The Eastern Division Boston Patriots and Buffalo Bills had identical 7–6–1 records, which required a tiebreaker playoff game on December 28.[3]

Eastern Division playoff[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Boston Patriots 10 6 0 10 26
Buffalo Bills 0 0 8 0 8

Stadium: War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo, New York
Surface: Natural grass
Weather: 20 °F (−7 °C), relative humidity 76%,
wind 11 mph (18 km/h), wind chill 9 °F (−13 °C)

1963 AFL Championship Game[edit]

 San Diego is located in United States
 San Diego
 San Diego
Location in the United States

Surface – Natural grass
Weather – 57 °F (14 °C), relative humidity 26%, wind 10 mph (16 km/h)

San Diego fullback Keith Lincoln performed tremendously and led the Chargers to an astounding 51–10 rout of Boston.[4] Named the game's outstanding player, he rushed for 206 yards on 13 carries, led the team with 123 yards in receiving, and completed a pass for 20 yards.[5][6][7]

The Chargers' championship win 52 years ago is noted for being the only major sports title for the city of San Diego. Because of this, San Diego presently has the longest championship drought for a city that has at least two sports teams.[8][9] The Patriots did not win a league championship until the 2001 season in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Scoring summary[edit]

  • First quarter
  • Second quarter
    • SD   – Field goal Blair 11, 24–7 SD
    • BOS – Field goal Cappelletti 15, 24–10 SD
    • SD   – Don Norton 14 pass from Rote (Blair kick), 31–10 SD
  • Third quarter
    • SD   – Lance Alworth 48 pass from Rote (Blair kick), 38–10 SD
  • Fourth quarter
    • SD   – Lincoln 25 pass from John Hadl (pass failed), 44–10 SD
    • SD   – Hadl 1 run (Blair kick), 51–10 SD

Starting lineups[edit]

Hall of Fame Inductee
Position San Diego
Babe Parilli QB Tobin Rote
Ron Burton HB Paul Lowe
Larry Garron FB Keith Lincoln
Jim Colclough FL Lance Alworth
Gino Cappelletti SE Don Norton
Tony Romeo TE Dave Kocourek
Don Oakes LT Ernie Wright
Charley Long LG Sam DeLuca
Walt Cudzik C Don Rogers
Billy Neighbors RG Pat Shea
Milt Graham RT Ron Mix
Larry Eisenhauer LDE Earl Faison
Jess Richardson LDT Henry Schmidt
Houston Antwine RDT George Gross
Bob Dee RDE Bob Petrich
Tom Addison LLB Emil Karas
Nick Buoniconti MLB Chuck Allen
Jack Rudolph RLB Paul Maguire
Dick Felt LCB Bud Whitehead
Bob Suci RCB Dick Harris
Ross O'Hanley SS George Blair
Ron Hall FS Gary Glick

Players' shares[edit]

The attendance in San Diego was nearly 8,000 lower than the previous year's game in Houston, but the players' shares were up slightly with increased television revenue. The winning Chargers players each made around $2,500, while the Patriots received about $1,700 each.[7] These shares were less than half of those for the NFL title game in 1963, at approximately $6,000 and $4,200 each.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Paid Attendance | Tales from the AFL
  2. ^ 1963 NFL-AFL Commentator Crews
  3. ^ "Boston beats Bills for division crown". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. December 29, 1963. p. 2, sports. 
  4. ^ "Chargers roll over Boston in AFL final". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 6, 1964. p. 27. 
  5. ^ "Chargers rout Boston, 51-10; compared with NFL teams". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 11, part 2. 
  6. ^ "Are Chargers good enough for NFL opponents?". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 3B. 
  7. ^ a b "Charger win Lincolnesque; Palouse Moose gains 349". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 12. 
  8. ^ "Are San Diego Sports Teams Cursed?". San Diego 6. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  9. ^ Thirteen years after missing a Super Bowl-winning field – 07.12.04 – SI Vault
  10. ^ "Each Bear to receive about $6,000". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. December 30, 1963. p. 18. 

Coordinates: 32°43′14″N 117°09′02″W / 32.7205°N 117.1505°W / 32.7205; -117.1505

Preceded by
Dallas Texans
1962 AFL Champions
San Diego Chargers
American Football League Champions

Succeeded by
Buffalo Bills
1964 AFL Champions