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1964 American Football League season
Regular season September 12, 1964 - December 20, 1964
Champions Buffalo Bills
All-Star game {{{pb_date}}}

The 1964 American Football League season was the fifth regular season of the American Football League.

The season ended when the Buffalo Bills defeated the San Diego Chargers in the AFL Championship game. Two years later, the AFL would join the NFL to form the AFL-NFL World Championship game, known today as the Super Bowl.

This was the final season of AFL telecasts on ABC before the games moved to NBC for the following season.

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.

The Buffalo Bills won their first nine games, before Boston beat them at home on November 15, 36-28. Buffalo came back from a 24-14 deficit at San Diego on Thanksgiving Day to eke out a 27-24 win. On December 6 at Oakland, the Raiders beat the Bills on the final play of the game, 16-13, and didn't bother to try for an extra point [1]. Boston won at Kansas City, 31-24, to take Buffalo's lead away. In Week Fourteen, Boston was idle, and Buffalo took a 1/2 game lead with a 30-19 win at Denver. As it turned out, the Eastern Division title would come down to the final game of the season, with Buffalo (11-2-0) traveling to Boston (10-2-1) on December 20, with the winner to take all. Jack Kemp led the Bills to three touchdowns for a 24-14 win to capture the title.

The Western Division race was less dramatic. In Week Six, the Chargers took a lead over the Chiefs during a six game winning streak, and held that lead for the rest of the season.

Week EASTERN WESTERN
1 Tie (Bos, Buf, NYJ) 1-0-0 SAN DIEGO 1-0-0
2 Tie (Bos, Buf) 1-1-0 SAN DIEGO 1-1-0
3 Tie (Bos, Buf) 3-0-0 KANSAS CITY 1-1-0
4 Tie (Bos, Buf) 4-0-0 KANSAS CITY 2-1-0
5 BUFFALO 5-0-0 KANSAS CITY 2-2-0
6 BUFFALO 6-0-0 SAN DIEGO 3-2-1
7 BUFFALO 7-0-0 SAN DIEGO 4-2-1
8 BUFFALO 8-0-0 SAN DIEGO 5-2-1
9 BUFFALO 9-0-0 SAN DIEGO 6-2-1
10 BUFFALO 9-1-0 SAN DIEGO 7-2-1
11 BUFFALO 9-1-0 SAN DIEGO 7-2-1
12 BUFFALO 10-1-0 SAN DIEGO 7-3-1
13 BOSTON 10-2-1 SAN DIEGO 8-3-1
14 BUFFALO 11-2-0 SAN DIEGO 8-4-1
15 BUFFALO 12-2-0 SAN DIEGO 8-5-1

Standings [1]Edit

Eastern Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
*Buffalo Bills 1220.857400242
Boston Patriots 1031.769365297
New York Jets 581.385278315
Houston Oilers 4100.286310355
Western Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
*San Diego Chargers 851.615341300
Kansas City Chiefs 770.500366306
Oakland Raiders 572.417303350
Denver Broncos 2111.154240438

* — Qualified for Championship Game.

PlayoffsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Flores Flips Winner With 4 Seconds Left," The Fresno Bee, Dec. 7, 1964, p8-B

External linksEdit

Eastern Division Western Division
Boston Denver
Buffalo Kansas City
Houston Oakland
New York Jets San Diego
1964 AFL Draft1964 AFL Championship Game1964 AFL All-Star game
Related: 1964 NFL Season
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