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1965 American Football League season
Regular season September 11, 1965 - December 19, 1965
Champions
All-Star game

The 1965 American Football League season was the sixth regular season of the American Football League.

The season also saw a change of television address as the games moved from ABC to NBC.

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

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.

There was little drama in either of the AFL's division races in 1965. The Bills led the Eastern Division from start to finish, ending five games ahead of the 5-8-1 Jets. In the Western Division, San Diego had three potential wins cancelled out when they were tied by Kansas City (10-10), Boston (13-13) and Buffalo (20-20), but their 9-2-3 finish (.818) was well ahead of Oakland's 8-5-1 record (.615).

Week EASTERN WESTERN
1 Tie (Buf, Hou) 1-0-0 Tie (Oak, SD) 1-0-0
2 Tie (Buf, Hou) 2-0-0 SAN DIEGO 2-0-0
3 BUFFALO 3-0-0 SAN DIEGO 2-0-1
4 BUFFALO 4-0-0 SAN DIEGO 3-0-1
5 BUFFALO 4-1-0 SAN DIEGO 4-0-1
6 BUFFALO 5-1-0 SAN DIEGO 4-0-2
7 BUFFALO 6-1-0 SAN DIEGO 5-0-2
8 BUFFALO 6-2-0 SAN DIEGO 5-1-2
9 BUFFALO 7-2-0 SAN DIEGO 6-1-2
10 BUFFALO 8-2-0 SAN DIEGO 6-2-2
11 BUFFALO 8-2-0 SAN DIEGO 6-2-2
12 BUFFALO 8-2-1 SAN DIEGO 6-2-3
13 BUFFALO 9-2-1 SAN DIEGO 7-2-3
14 BUFFALO 10-2-1 SAN DIEGO 8-2-3
15 BUFFALO 10-3-1 SAN DIEGO 9-2-3

Standings [1]Edit

Eastern Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
*Buffalo Bills 1031.769313226
New York Jets 581.385285303
Boston Patriots 482.333244302
Houston Oilers 4100.286298429
Western Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
*San Diego Chargers 923.818340227
Oakland Raiders 851.615298239
Kansas City Chiefs 752.583322285
Denver Broncos 4100.286303392

* — Qualified for Championship Game.

PlayoffsEdit

External linksEdit

Eastern Division Western Division
Boston Denver
Buffalo Kansas City
Houston Oakland
New York Jets San Diego
1965 AFL Draft1965 AFL Championship Game1965 AFL All-Star game
Related: 1965 NFL Season
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