1963 San Diego Chargers season

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1963 San Diego Chargers season
Head coachSid Gillman
General managerSid Gillman
OwnerBarron Hilton
Home fieldBalboa Stadium
Results
Record11–3
Division place1st Western Division
Playoff finishWon AFL Championship
(Boston Patriots, 51–10)

The 1963 San Diego Chargers season was the team's fourth in the American Football League. The team had gone 4–10 in 1962. They won their only AFL Championship with a 51–10 win over the Boston Patriots in Balboa Stadium.[1][2][3][4] Receiver Lance Alworth was named the league M.V.P.

Through 2016, this is the Chargers' only league championship season in the AFL or NFL, although they did win the 1994 AFC Championship before losing in Super Bowl XXIX to the San Francisco 49ers. [5] This is also the most recent world championship ever won by a major league sports team in the city and county of San Diego. In 2003, the team was inducted into the Chargers Ring of Honor.[6]

The Chargers were the only AFL team to go undefeated against four teams in the regular season that would go on to make the postseason.[7] The 1963 San Diego Chargers were one of the best.[8]

Season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 8 Buffalo Bills W, 14–10 1–0
22,344
2 September 14 Boston Patriots W, 17–13 2–0
26,097
3
Bye week
4 September 29 Kansas City Chiefs W, 24–10 3–0
22,654
5 October 6 at Denver Broncos L, 34–50 3–1
18,428
6 October 13 New York Jets W, 24–20 4–1
27,189
7 October 20 at Kansas City Chiefs W, 38–17 5–1
30,107
8 October 27 Oakland Raiders L, 33–34 5–2
30,182
9 November 2 at New York Jets W, 53–7 6–2
18,336
10 November 10 at Boston Patriots W, 7–6 7–2
28,402
11 November 17 at Buffalo Bills W, 23–13 8–2
38,592
Scheduled AFL games postponed to December 22
12 December 1 Houston Oilers W. 27–0 9–2
31,713
13 December 8 at Oakland Raiders L, 27–41 9–3
20,249
14 December 15 at Houston Oilers W, 20–14 10–3
18,540
15 December 22 Denver Broncos W, 58–20 11–3
31,312

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 234Total
Bills 0 307 10
• Chargers 0 770 14
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: Balboa Stadium
  • Game weather: 74°F; wind 11

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Week 2[edit]

1 234Total
Patriots 3 703 13
• Chargers 0 1403 17
  • Date: September 14
  • Location: Balboa Stadium
  • Game weather: 71°F; wind 8

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Week 8[edit]

1 234Total
• Chargers 7 171415 53
Jets 0 007 7
  • Date: November 2
  • Location: Polo Grounds
  • Game weather: 48°F; wind 16

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Week 14[edit]

1 234Total
Broncos 7 1030 20
• Chargers 10 161022 58

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Standings[edit]

AFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers 11 3 0 .786 3–3 399 255 W2
Oakland Raiders 10 4 0 .714 6–0 363 282 W8
Kansas City Chiefs 5 7 2 .417 2–4 347 263 W3
Denver Broncos 2 11 1 .154 1–5 301 473 L7

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Championship January 5, 1964 Boston Patriots Balboa Stadium W 51–10
30,127

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chargers roll over Boston in AFL final". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 6, 1964. p. 27.
  2. ^ "Chargers rout Boston, 51-10; compared with NFL teams". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 11, part 2.
  3. ^ "Are Chargers good enough for NFL opponents?". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 3B.
  4. ^ "Charger win Lincolnesque; Palouse Moose gains 349". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 12.
  5. ^ As of 2011
  6. ^ Gehlken, Michael (October 28, 2013). "Chargers to honor their title team". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on December 23, 2013.
  7. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1940 to 2011, in the AFL, in the regular season, team won game, in games against playoff teams only, only in games against teams with winning record for season, sorted by most games in season matching criteria.
  8. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=3866837
  9. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-Nov-04.
  10. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-Nov-04.
  11. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Dec-29.
  12. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Aug-16.