1962 American Football League season

The 1962 American Football League season was the third regular season of the American Football League (AFL). It consisted of 8 franchises split into two divisions: the East Division (Buffalo Bills, Houston Oilers, Titans of New York, Boston Patriots) and the West Division (San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, Dallas Texans, Oakland Raiders).

The season ended when the Texans defeated the Houston Oilers in the AFL Championship game.

1962 American Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 7 – December 16, 1962
DateDecember 23, 1962
Eastern ChampionHouston Oilers
Western ChampionDallas Texans
SiteJeppesen Stadium, Houston, Texas
ChampionDallas Texans

Division races

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 1962 season started out as a race between Houston and Boston in the East, and Dallas and Denver in the West. After seven games, the Broncos were 6–1–0 and the Texans right behind at 5–1–0, while Boston and Houston were tied at 4–2–0.

In Week Eight, Buffalo beat Denver 45–38, while Dallas won at Houston, 31–7. The Oilers' loss, and Boston's 26–16 win over Oakland, put the Patriots and Texans at the top of their divisions. The next week, though, Houston won its rematch at Dallas, 14–6, and though it did not help the Oilers, Denver made a comeback to win 23–20 at San Diego to reclaim the division lead on November 4. In Week Ten, Boston beat Denver 33–29. Houston stayed half a game behind Boston, while Dallas pulled half a game ahead of Denver.

In Week Eleven (November 18), Houston won at Boston, 21–17, to reclaim the East, and Dallas won 24–3 at Denver to boost its lead. Houston and Boston continued to win, but in the final week, the Oilers clinched the division with a 44–10 in over the Titans.

Week Eastern Western
1 Tie (Hou, TNY) 1–0–0 Tie (Dal, Den) 1–0–0
2 (Bos, Hou, TNY) 1–1–0 Tie (Den, Dal) 2–0–0
3 (Bos, Hou, TNY) 2–1–0 Dallas Texans 2–0–0
4 Tie (Bos, Hou) 2–1–0 Dallas Texans 3–0–0
5 Tie (Bos, Hou) 3–1–0 Denver Broncos 4–1–0
6 Houston Oilers 4–1–0 Denver Broncos 5–1–0
7 Tie (Bos, Hou) 4–2–0 Denver Broncos 6–1–0
8 Boston Patriots 5–2–0 Dallas Texans 6–1–0
9 Boston Patriots 5–2–1 Denver Broncos 7–2–0
10 Boston Patriots 6–2–1 Dallas Texans 7–2–0
11 Houston Oilers 7–3–0 Dallas Texans 8–2–0
12 Houston Oilers 8–3–0 Dallas Texans 9–2–0
13 Houston Oilers 9–3–0 Dallas Texans 9–3–0
14 Houston Oilers 10–3–0 Dallas Texans 10–3–0
15 Houston Oilers 11–3–0 Dallas Texans 11–3–0

Regular season


Home/Road Eastern Division Western Division
Eastern Boston Patriots 21–10 34–21 24–17 7–27 41–16 26–16 24–20
Buffalo Bills 28–28 23–28 6–17 23–14 20–23 14–6 35–10
Houston Oilers 21–17 17–14 56–17 7–31 34–17 32–17 33–27
Titans of New York 14–43 3–20 10–44 31–52 10–32 31–21 23–3
Western Dallas Texans 42–28 41–21 6–14 20–17 17–10 35–7 26–17
Denver Broncos 29–33 38–45 20–10 45–46 3–24 44–7 30–21
Oakland Raiders 20–0 6–10 20–28 17–28 16–26 6–23 33–42
San Diego Chargers 14–20 20–40 17–42 40–14 32–28 20–23 31–21


AFL Eastern Division
Houston Oilers 11 3 0 .786 5–1 387 270 W7
Boston Patriots 9 4 1 .692 4–1–1 346 295 L1
Buffalo Bills 7 6 1 .538 1–4–1 309 272 W2
New York Titans 5 9 0 .357 1–5 278 423 L3

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

AFL Western Division
Dallas Texans 11 3 0 .786 5–1 389 233 W2
Denver Broncos 7 7 0 .500 4–2 353 334 L5
San Diego Chargers 4 10 0 .286 3–3 314 392 L2
Oakland Raiders 1 13 0 .071 0–6 213 370 W1

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


AFL Championship Game
December 23, 1962 – Jeppesen Stadium
Dallas Texans (2OT)20
Houston Oilers17


Most Valuable Player
Cookie Gilchrist, fullback, Buffalo Bills
Len Dawson, quarterback, Dallas Texans
Coach of the Year Jack Faulkner, Denver Broncos
Rookie of the Year Curtis McClinton, fullback, Dallas Texans

Coaching changes



External links

1962 All-AFL Team

The 1962 American Football League All-League Team was selected after the 1962 American Football League (AFL) season by three separate entities: current AFL players, the Associated Press (AP), and United Press International (UPI), and was published by The Sporting News. The AFL players only selected a first team, while the AP and UPI also selected second teams at some positions.

1962 American Football League Championship Game

The 1962 American Football League Championship Game was played on December 23 at Jeppesen Stadium in Houston, Texas. The host Houston Oilers (11–3) of the Eastern Division were trying for their third consecutive AFL title, matched against the Western Division's Dallas Texans, also at 11–3.

1962 Boston Patriots season

The 1962 Boston Patriots season was the franchise's 3rd season in the American Football League. The Patriots ended the season with a record of nine wins and four losses and one tie and placed second in the AFL's Eastern Division.

1962 Buffalo Bills season

The 1962 Buffalo Bills season was the team’s third season in the American Football League. The Bills finished the season with a 7–6–1 record, third place in the AFL East; it was the Bills' first-ever season finishing with a winning record.

The Bills lost their first five games of the season, but finished the final nine games with only one loss (and one tie).

1962 Dallas Texans season

The 1962 Dallas Texans season was the third and final season of Lamar Hunt's American Football League franchise before its relocation to Kansas City from Dallas.

The Texans won their first AFL championship (and only title in Dallas) when they defeated their intrastate rivals, the two-time defending champion Houston Oilers, 20–17 in double overtime—a game which now stands as the second longest game in pro football history and the longest in AFL history.Coach Hank Stram was named the AFL Coach of the Year and RB Curtis McClinton (Kansas) was named AFL Rookie of the Year. Haynes became the franchise's first 1,000-yard rusher, concluding the season with 1,049 yards and an AFL-high 13 rushing TDs.The Texans set an AFL record for completion percentage in a season (60.6%). They led the league in both points scored (389), fewest points allowed (233), and total touchdowns (50; 29 passing, 21 rushing) in 1962.

1962 Denver Broncos season

The 1962 Denver Broncos season was the third season for the team in the American Football League (AFL). They finished with their best record of the decade with seven wins and seven losses, finishing second in the AFL's Western Division. The Broncos started the season strong with a record of 6–1, but went in reverse in the second half of the season with a 1–6 record. Despite this, head coach Jack Faulkner was named AFL Coach of the Year.

The 1962 season was the year in which Denver switched to their orange and blue color scheme, abandoning the brown and mustard yellow color scheme of the franchise's first two seasons. Orange and blue have been used as the team's primary colors ever since.

1962 Houston Oilers season

The 1962 Houston Oilers season was the third season for the Houston Oilers as a professional American football franchise; For the third consecutive season, the Oilers appeared in the AFL Championship Game, only to lose 20–17 in double overtime to the Dallas Texans.

1962 NFL season

The 1962 NFL season was the 43rd regular season of the National Football League (NFL). Before the season, CBS signed a contract with the league to televise all regular-season games for a $4.65 million annual fee.

The season ended on December 30, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants 16–7 in the NFL championship game at Yankee Stadium. The Packers successfully defended their 1961 NFL title, finishing the 1962 season at 14–1; their only loss was to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day at Tiger Stadium.

1962 New York Titans season

The 1962 New York Titans season was the third season for the team in the American Football League (AFL), and the final season for the franchise before becoming the Jets the following season. The Titans finished in last place in the AFL East with a record of 5–9.

1962 Oakland Raiders season

The 1962 Oakland Raiders season began with the team trying to improve on their 2–12 record from 1961. The 1962 season was the third season in Oakland and in the American Football League. It ended with the Raiders finishing in last place in the AFL West. They won only one game and lost 13 while playing their home games at Frank Youell Field in Oakland.

Oakland's 0.071 winning percentage in 1962 is the lowest in the history of the American Football League.

1962 San Diego Chargers season

The 1962 San Diego Chargers season began with the team trying to improve on their 12–2 record in 1961. The Chargers finished third in the AFL West at 4–10 that season. At the time it was their worst ever season. This would be the only time the Chargers would endure a losing season during their AFL days.

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1962 AFL season

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