1963 American Football League playoffs
|Date||January 5, 1964|
|Stadium||Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California|
|TV in the United States|
|Announcers||Curt Gowdy, Paul Christman|
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.
Eastern Division playoff
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1963 AFL Championship Game
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San Diego fullback Keith Lincoln performed tremendously and led the Chargers to an astounding 51–10 rout of Boston. 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.
The Chargers' championship win 53 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. The Patriots did not win a league championship until the 2001 season in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Hall of Fame inductee
|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|
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. These shares were less than half of those for the NFL title game in 1963, at approximately $6,000 and $4,200 each.
- Paid Attendance | Tales from the AFL
- 1963 NFL-AFL Commentator Crews
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- "Are Chargers good enough for NFL opponents?". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 3B.
- "Charger win Lincolnesque; Palouse Moose gains 349". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 12.
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- Thirteen years after missing a Super Bowl-winning field – 07.12.04 – SI Vault
- "Each Bear to receive about $6,000". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. December 30, 1963. p. 18.
1962 AFL Champions
|San Diego Chargers
American Football League Champions
1964 AFL Champions