1963 American Football League playoffs

1963 American Football League playoffs

1963 American Football League Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Boston 7 3 0 0 10
San Diego 21 10 7 13 51
Date January 5, 1964
Stadium Balboa Stadium
City San Diego, California
TV/Radio in the United States
TV Network ABC
Previous game Next game
1962 1964

The 1963 American Football League Championship Game was the fourth AFL title game. At the end of the regular season the San Diego Chargers won the Western Division for the third time in the four year existence of the AFL. The Eastern Division Boston Patriots and Buffalo Bills had an identical 7–6 record. A playoff game between them determined the division winner.

Eastern Division Playoff

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 10 6 0 10 26
Bills 0 0 8 0 8

Stadium War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York
Surface – Grass
Weather – 20 degrees, relative humidity 76%, wind 11 mph, wind chill 9°

1963 Championship Summary

Surface – Grass
Weather – 57 degrees, relative humidity 26%, wind 10 mph

In the game, fullback Keith Lincoln performed tremendously and led the Chargers to an astounding 51–10 victory versus Boston. Lincoln carried the ball for 206 yards and led the team with 123 yards in receiving.

The Chargers' championship win is noted for being the only major sports championship win for the city of San Diego as of 2013 (drought of 50 years). Because of this, the city of San Diego presently has the longest championship drought for a city that has at least two sports teams.[1][2] The Patriots on the other hand, would not win a league championship until 2001.


Starting Lineup

Hall of Fame Inductee
Boston Position San Diego
Babe Parilli QB Tobin Rote
Ron Burton HB Paul Lowe
Larry Garron FB Keith Lincoln
Jim Colclough FL Lance Alworth
Gino Cappelletti SE Don Norton
Tony Romeo TE Dave Kocourek
Don Oakes LT Ernie Wright
Charley Long LG Sam DeLuca
Walt Cudzik C Don Rogers
Billy Neighbors RG Pat Shea
Milt Graham RT Ron Mix
Larry Eisenhauer LDE Earl Faison
Jess Richardson LDT Henry Schmidt
Houston Antwine RDT George Gross
Bob Dee RDE Bob Petrich
Tom Addison LLB Emil Karas
Nick Buoniconti MLB Chuck Allen
Jack Rudolph RLB Paul Maguire
Dick Felt LCB Bud Whitehead
Bob Suci RCB Dick Harris
Ross O'Hanley SS George Blair
Ron Hall FS Gary Glick

See also


  1. ^ "Are San Diego Sports Teams Cursed?". San Diego 6. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  2. ^ Thirteen years after missing a Super Bowl-winning field – 07.12.04 – SI Vault