1963 Boston Patriots season
|1963 Boston Patriots season|
|Head coach||Mike Holovak|
|Home field||Fenway Park|
|Division place||1st AFL Eastern (playoff)|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoff
Lost AFL Championship Game
|AFL All-Stars||LB Tom Addison
DT Houston Antwine
LB Nick Buoniconti
WR/K Gino Cappelletti
DE Bob Dee
DE Larry Eisenhauer
RB Larry Garron
DB Ron Hall
G Charlie Long
G Billy Neighbors
QB Babe Parilli
In their first season at Fenway Park, switching from Nickerson Field, the Patriots hovered around the .500 mark all season, and were in position to win the Eastern Division title outright with a victory on their final game. The 35–3 road loss to the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs allowed the Buffalo Bills catch up and both finished at 7–6–1, which required a divisional playoff game, the AFL's first. Both teams had a bye the following week, postponed from the Sunday after the assassination of President Kennedy; the tiebreaker playoff was scheduled for Saturday, December 28, at Buffalo's War Memorial Stadium. The teams split their two games during the regular season, with the home team winning, and the host Bills were slight favorites.
The visiting Patriots won the playoff game 26–8 on a snowy field, with quarterback Babe Parilli throwing two touchdown passes to fullback Larry Garron, and three field goals were added by end Gino Cappelletti. With the win, Boston became Eastern Division champions, while the Western champion San Diego Chargers (11–3) were idle. The AFL championship game was played the next week in southern California on January 5, where San Diego routed the Patriots 51–10 at Balboa Stadium.
|1||September 8||New York Jets||W: 38–14||Fenway Park||1–0–0||
|2||September 14||at San Diego Chargers||L: 17–13||Balboa Stadium||1–1–0||
|3||September 22||at Oakland Raiders||W: 20–14||Frank Youell Field||2–1–0||
|4||September 29||at Denver Broncos||L: 14–10||Bears Stadium||2–2–0||
|5||October 5||at New York Jets||L: 31–24||Polo Grounds||2–3–0||
|6||October 11||Oakland Raiders||W: 20–14||Fenway Park||3–3–0||
|7||October 18||Denver Broncos||W: 40–21||Fenway Park||4–3–0||
|8||October 26||at Buffalo Bills||L: 28–21||War Memorial Stadium||4–4–0||
|9||November 1||Houston Oilers||W: 45–3||Fenway Park||5–4–0||
|10||November 10||San Diego Chargers||L: 7–6||Fenway Park||5–5–0||
|11||November 17||Kansas City Chiefs||T: 24–24||Fenway Park||5–5–1||
|12||December 1||Buffalo Bills||W: 17–7||Fenway Park||6–5–1||
|13||December 7||at Houston Oilers||W: 46–28||Jeppesen Stadium||7–5–1||
|14||December 14||at Kansas City Chiefs||L: 35–3||Municipal Stadium||7–6–1||
|AFL Eastern Division|
|New York Jets||5||8||1||.385||2–4||249||399||L3|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
|Division||December 28, 1963||at Buffalo Bills||W 26–8||War Memorial Stadium||
|Championship||January 5, 1964||at San Diego Chargers||L 51–10||Balboa Stadium||
|Boston Patriots 1963 staff|
|Boston Patriots 1963 roster|
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- "Chargers roll over Boston in AFL final". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 6, 1964. p. 27.
- "Chargers rout Boston, 51-10; compared with NFL teams". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 11, part 2.
- "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.