1961 American Football League season
Regular season September 9, 1961 - December 17, 1961
Champions Houston Oilers
All-Star game January 7, 1962

The 1961 American Football League season was the second regular season of the American Football League. The Los Angeles Chargers moved to San Diego, California following the 1960 season, retaining the Chargers name.

The season ended when the Houston Oilers defeated the San Diego Chargers in the AFL Championship game.

Division RacesEdit

The AFL had 8 teams, grouped into two divisions. Each team would play a home-and-away game against the other 7 teams in the league for a total of 14 games, and the best team in the Eastern Division would play against the best in the Western Division in a championship game. If there was tie in the standings, a playoff would be held to determine the division winner.

Relocated from Los Angeles, the San Diego Chargers won their first eleven games, clinching the Western Division on November 12, with four games left. When San Diego reached 10-0, it had twice the wins of any other team in the AFL. In the Eastern Division, the New York Titans lost 27-10 to Denver, while Boston beat Buffalo 52-21, in Week Seven, for a tie in the race, with the Pats at 3-3-1 and the Titans at 3-3-0. The Titans lost, 48-13 to San Diego, in Week Nine. The following week, though (November 12), Houston beat Boston, 27-15, to take a half-game lead, and won the division by a full game.

1 Tie (Hou, NYT) 1-0-0 Tie (Den, SD) 1-0-0
2 HOUSTON 1-0-0 SAN DIEGO 2-0-0
3 Tie (Bos, NYT) 2-1-0 SAN DIEGO 3-0-0
4 N.Y. TITANS 3-1-0 SAN DIEGO 4-0-0
5 N.Y. TITANS 3-1-0 SAN DIEGO 5-0-0
6 N.Y. TITANS 3-2-0 SAN DIEGO 6-0-0
7 Tie (Bos, NYT) 3-3-1 SAN DIEGO 7-0-0
8 Tie (Bos, NYT) 4-3-1 SAN DIEGO 8-0-0
9 BOSTON 5-3-1 SAN DIEGO 9-0-0
10 HOUSTON 5-3-1 SAN DIEGO 10-0-0
11 HOUSTON 6-3-1 SAN DIEGO 11-0-0
12 HOUSTON 7-3-1 SAN DIEGO 11-0-0
13 HOUSTON 8-3-1 SAN DIEGO 11-1-0
14 HOUSTON 9-3-1 SAN DIEGO 12-1-0
15 HOUSTON 10-3-1 SAN DIEGO 12-2-0

Standings [1]Edit

Eastern Division
*Houston Oilers 1031.769513242
Boston Patriots 941.692413313
New York Titans 770.500301390
Buffalo Bills 680.429294342
Western Division
*San Diego Chargers 1220.857396219
Dallas Texans 680.429334343
Denver Broncos 3110.214251432
Oakland Raiders 2120.143237458

* — Qualified for Championship Game.


External linksEdit

Eastern Division Western Division
Boston Dallas Texans
Buffalo Denver
Houston Oakland
New York Titans San Diego
1961 AFL Draft1961 AFL Championship Game1961 AFL All-Star game
Related: 1961 NFL Season
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