1967 American Football League season

The 1967 American Football League season was the eighth regular season of the American Football League.

The season ended when the Oakland Raiders (13–1) hosted the Houston Oilers (9–4–1) in the AFL championship game on December 31. The Raiders won 40–7 and then met the NFL's Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl II two weeks later, won by Green Bay, 33–14.

1967 American Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 3 – December 17, 1967
Playoffs
DateDecember 31, 1967
Eastern ChampionHouston Oilers
Western ChampionOakland Raiders
SiteOakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
ChampionOakland Raiders

Division races

The AFL's nine teams, grouped into two divisions (5 teams in the Eastern Division), faced each other at least once, and each team would play six others twice. Though the New York Jets and the Houston Oilers were both in the Eastern Division, they met only once that season, on October 15. 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.

Week Eastern Record Western Record
1 none 0-0-0 Denver 1–0–0
2 Buffalo 1–0–0 3 teams 1–0–0
3 Miami 1–0–0 3 teams 2–0–0
4 Miami 1–1–0 3 teams 2–0–0
5 N.Y. Jets 2–1–0 Tie (Oak, SD) 3–0–0
6 N.Y. Jets 3–1–0 San Diego 3–0–1
7 N.Y. Jets 3–1–1 San Diego 4–0–1
8 N.Y. Jets 4–1–1 San Diego 5–0–1
9 N.Y. Jets 5–1–1 Oakland 6–1–0
10 N.Y. Jets 5–2–1 Oakland 7–1–0
11 N.Y. Jets 6–2–1 Oakland 7–1–0
12 N.Y. Jets 7–2–1 Oakland 8–1–0
13 N.Y. Jets 7–2–1 Oakland 9–1–0
14 Tie (Hou, NYJ) 7–3–1 Oakland 10–1–0
15 Tie (Hou, NYJ) 7–4–1 Oakland 11–1–0
16 Houston 8–4–1 Oakland 12–1–0
17 Houston 9–4–1 Oakland 13–1–0

Regular season

Results

Home/Road Eastern Division Western Division
BOS BUF HOU MIA NY DEN KC OAK SD
Eastern Boston Patriots 16–44 18–7 41–10 24–29 10–33 14–48 31–31*
Buffalo Bills 0–23 3–20 35–13 20–17 20–21 20–24 17–37
Houston Oilers 27–6 10–3 17–14 10–6 20–25 7–19 24–17
Miami Dolphins 41–32 17–14 10–41 14–33 35–21 0–24 41–24
New York Jets 30–23 20–10 28–28 29–7 24–33 7–21 27–14
Western Denver Broncos 26–21 16–17 18–20 24–38 24–38 17–21 21–38
Kansas City Chiefs 23–13 19–24 41–0 42–18 52–9 22–44 16–17
Oakland Raiders 35–7 28–21 31–17 38–29 51–0 23–21 51–10
San Diego Chargers 59–45 13–3 24–0 31–42 24–20 45–31 21–41

(*) Played at San Diego Stadium due the Fenway Park, Patriots' home field, being used by stadium's owner, Boston Red Sox, for 1967 World Series.

Standings

AFL Eastern Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Houston Oilers 9 4 1 .692 5–1–1 258 199 W2
New York Jets 8 5 1 .615 5–1–1 371 329 W1
Buffalo Bills 4 10 0 .286 3–5 237 285 L1
Miami Dolphins 4 10 0 .286 2–6 219 407 L1
Boston Patriots 3 10 1 .231 3–5 280 389 L5

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

AFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders 13 1 0 .929 6–0 468 233 W10
Kansas City Chiefs 9 5 0 .643 2–4 408 254 W3
San Diego Chargers 8 5 1 .615 4–2 360 352 L4
Denver Broncos 3 11 0 .214 0–6 256 409 L1

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

Playoffs

Coaching changes

External links

1967 All-AFL Team

The 1967 American Football League All-League Team was selected after the 1967 American Football League (AFL) season by the Associated Press (AP), the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), the New York Daily News (NYDN), The Sporting News (TSN), and United Press International (UPI) to honor the league's top performers at each position.

1967 American Football League Championship Game

The 1967 American Football League Championship Game was the eighth AFL championship game, played on December 31 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.It matched the Western Division champion Oakland Raiders (13–1) and the Eastern Division champion Houston Oilers (9–4–1) to decide the American Football League (AFL) champion for the 1967 season.

Quarterback Daryle Lamonica, claimed on waivers from the Buffalo Bills in the offseason, led the Raiders to a 13–1 record, throwing 30 touchdown passes in the process. The Oilers went from last place in the East in 1966 (3–11) to first in 1967, beating out the New York Jets by a game. Most of the Oilers' offense centered on big fullback Hoyle Granger, and a midseason quarterback trade for the shifty Pete Beathard (sending their own starter, Jacky Lee, to the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs) proved to be the spark that turned Houston's season around.

The two teams had met three weeks earlier in Houston, with Oakland winning 19–7 to clinch the Western division title.In contrast to the frigid conditions earlier in the day at the NFL championship game in Green Bay, the temperature for the AFL title game in northern California was 47 °F (8 °C). The host Raiders were 10½-point favorites.

Oakland won 40–7 and shredded the Oilers with 364 yards of offense, including 263 yards rushing, while allowing just 146 total yards and 38 yards on the ground. The Raiders also forced three turnovers and lost none themselves.

1967 Boston Patriots season

The 1967 Boston Patriots season was the franchise's 8th season in the American Football League The Patriots ended the season with a record of three wins, ten losses, and one tie, and finished last in the AFL's Eastern Division.

1967 Buffalo Bills season

The 1967 Buffalo Bills season was the team’s eighth season in the American Football League. It was the second season with the Bills for head coach Joe Collier.Buffalo was coming off a season in which they were one game away from the first Super Bowl, but could only win four games in 1967. It was Buffalo's first losing season since 1961.

1967 Denver Broncos season

The 1967 Denver Broncos season was the eighth season for the team in the American Football League (AFL). The team posted a record of three wins and eleven losses. They finished last in the AFL's Western division. Floyd Little was team captain in his rookie season.On August 5, the Broncos played the Detroit Lions in an exhibition game. The Broncos beat the Lions by a score of 13–7 and became the first AFL team to beat an NFL team.Before the season, the Broncos changed from orange helmets to blue helmets.

1967 Houston Oilers season

The 1967 Houston Oilers season was the 8th season for the Houston Oilers as a professional AFL franchise; The team improved on their previous output of 3–11, winning nine games. They qualified for the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.

1967 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1967 Kansas City Chiefs season was the 8th season for the Kansas City Chiefs as a professional AFL franchise; Despite their AFL championship win and an appearance in the inaugural AFL-NFL championship game the previous year, the Chiefs missed the AFL playoffs for the first time since 1965.

The club’s special teams got a boost with the addition of kicker Jan Stenerud from Montana State and kick returner Noland “Super Gnat” Smith from Tennessee State. Interest in the team skyrocketed, forcing an increase in seating capacity at Municipal Stadium from 40,000 to 47,000. In June, Jackson County voters approved a $43 million bond issue for construction of a sports complex to be completed by 1972.

The Chiefs' first non-playoff game against an NFL team resulted in a commanding 66–24 Chiefs preseason victory against the Chicago Bears at Municipal Stadium on August 23. Injuries again hit the club hard during the regular season as the Chiefs clawed their way to a 9–5 record.

1967 Miami Dolphins season

The 1967 Miami Dolphins season was the team's second in the American Football League (AFL). The Dolphins improved by 1 game over their 3–11 inaugural season from 1966, finishing 4–10 and in 4th place in the AFL Eastern Division. The team began its season with two straight bye weeks. In the first game, they beat Denver, 35–21, to win their first ever season opener. However, the Dolphins then lost 8 straight games before beating the Buffalo Bills, 17–14, at home. The Dolphins went winless on the road this season. However, the Dolphins scored 40 points in back-to-back games. They defeated the San Diego Chargers, 41–24, and then defeated the Boston Patriots, 41–32, both at home, thereby becoming the fastest expansion team in NFL history to ever score 40 points twice in a row during a season.

1967 NFL/AFL Draft

The 1967 National Football League draft was conducted March 14–15, 1967, at the Gotham Hotel in New York City. It was the first common draft with the AFL, part of the AFL–NFL merger agreement of June 1966.

This draft was delayed as new guidelines were established; redshirt (or "future") players were no longer eligible. It began on a Tuesday in mid-March; the previous two years the leagues held their separate drafts on the final Saturday of November, immediately following the college football regular season.

1967 NFL season

The 1967 NFL season was the 48th regular season of the National Football League. The league expanded to 16 teams with the addition of the New Orleans Saints.

The two 8-team conferences were split into two divisions each: the Eastern Conference divisions were Capitol (Dallas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Washington) and Century (Cleveland, New York, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis), and the Western Conference divisions were Central (Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, and Minnesota) and Coastal (Atlanta, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and San Francisco). Each division winner advanced to the playoffs, expanded to four teams in this year. The Saints and the New York Giants agreed to switch divisions in 1968 and return to the 1967 alignment in 1969. This was done to allow all Eastern Conference teams to visit New York at least once over the three-year period.

The NFL season concluded on December 31, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Championship Game (known as the "Ice Bowl"). Two weeks later, on January 14, 1968, the Packers handily defeated the AFL's Oakland Raiders 33–14 in Super Bowl II at Miami's Orange Bowl. This was Vince Lombardi's final game as the Packers' head coach. At the time, it was officially the "AFL-NFL World Championship Game," though the more succinct "Super Bowl" was commonly used.

The Baltimore Colts had tied for the NFL's best record in 1967 at 11–1–2, but were excluded from the postseason because of new rules introduced for breaking ties within a division. The L.A. Rams won the division title over Baltimore as a result of the Rams' 34–10 win over Baltimore on the last game of the regular season and a 24–24 tie in Baltimore in mid-October. L.A. had a 24-point edge over Baltimore in head-to-head meetings, giving them the tiebreaker and the Coastal division title. The other three division winners had only nine victories each. A total of nine NFL games ended in ties, the most since 1932 - including the two ties in the AFL (considered official NFL records since the merger) makes this the only season since 1932 with ten or more tied games.

Prior to 1975, the playoff sites rotated and were known prior to the start of the season. The hosts in 1967 were the Capitol and Central division winners for the conference championships (first round), and the Western Conference for the championship game. The 1968 playoff hosts were Century, Coastal, and Eastern, respectively, and 1969 was like 1967.

1967 New York Jets season

The 1967 New York Jets season was the eighth season for the team in the American Football League (AFL). The season began with the team trying to improve on their 6–6–2 record from 1966 under head coach Weeb Ewbank. The Jets finished the season 8–5–1.

1967 Oakland Raiders season

The 1967 Oakland Raiders season was the team's eighth in Oakland. Under the command of second-year head coach John Rauch, the Raiders went 13–1 (an AFL record) and captured their first Western Division title. The addition of strong-armed quarterback Daryle Lamonica greatly energized the Raiders' vertical passing game. Additionally, the Raiders added Gene Upshaw, Willie Brown, and George Blanda to their roster during the 1967 offseason. All three players would eventually be elected to the Hall of Fame.

The Raiders routed the Houston Oilers in the 1967 AFL Championship Game. The victory allowed them to advance to Super Bowl II, where they were soundly defeated by the NFL champion Green Bay Packers. The Raiders would ultimately finish the season with a record of 14–2.

The 1967 season was a massive breakthrough for the Raiders organization. Between 1967 and 1985, the team would go on win twelve division titles and three Super Bowl championships.

1967 San Diego Chargers season

The 1967 San Diego Chargers season began with the team trying to improve on their 7–6–1 record in 1966. It was the team's first season at San Diego Stadium (now known as Qualcomm Stadium), and the Chargers finished in third place in the AFL West Division with a record of 8–5–1.

In August 1967, the San Diego Chargers played their first game at the new football stadium. The city named it the San Diego Stadium. In 1980, the city officially changed it to Jack Murphy Stadium. The city revamped the stadium in 1984 and added 11,000 seats and fancy booths at a cost of 9.1 million dollars. But this was still not enough for the city and in 1997 another 11,500 seats were added along with more suites and a club level.

This was the same year that the city sold the stadium's naming rights to a San Diego company for $18 million and the name officially changed to Qualcomm Stadium.

1991 Houston Oilers season

The 1991 Houston Oilers season was the 32nd season and their 22nd in the National Football League (NFL). Haywood Jeffires would become the second Oiler to have 100 receptions in a season. The first Oiler to accomplish the feat was Charley Hennigan in 1964. Jeffires would be the fifth receiver in NFL history to have a 100 reception season. The Oilers scored 386 points and gave up 251 points. The franchise earned its first division title since the AFL-NFL merger, having last won a division title in the 1967 American Football League season. The franchise finished the season with 11 wins compared to 5 losses and appeared twice on Monday Night Football.

Randy Rasmussen

Randall Lee Rasmussen (born May 10, 1945) was an American football guard for fifteen seasons for the New York Jets, beginning with the 1967 American Football League season. He played for the Jets in their AFL Championship game victory over the AFL's Oakland Raiders in 1968, and started in the third AFL-NFL Championship Game (Super Bowl III), in which the Jets defeated the NFL's Baltimore Colts.

He was the last of the starting Jets players in the game to retire from playing pro football, playing his final game in the 1981 playoffs against the Buffalo Bills. Rasmussen is one of five professional football players in pro football history who attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He was the only one of those five to be selected in the NFL draft.

Super Bowl II

The second AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professional football, known retroactively as Super Bowl II, was played on January 14, 1968, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The National Football League (NFL)'s defending champion Green Bay Packers defeated the American Football League (AFL) champion Oakland Raiders by the score of 33–14. This game and Super Bowl III are the only two Super Bowl games to be played in back-to-back years in the same stadium.

Coming into this game, like during the first Super Bowl, many sports writers and fans believed that any team in the NFL was vastly superior to any club in the AFL. The Packers, the defending champions, posted a 9–4–1 record during the 1967 NFL season before defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 21–17, in the 1967 NFL Championship Game (also popularly known as the Ice Bowl). The Raiders finished the 1967 AFL season at 13–1, and defeated the Houston Oilers, 40–7, in the 1967 AFL Championship Game.

As expected, Green Bay dominated Oakland throughout most of Super Bowl II. The Raiders could only score two touchdown passes from quarterback Daryle Lamonica. Meanwhile, Packers kicker Don Chandler made four field goals, including three in the first half, while defensive back Herb Adderley had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown. Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr was named the MVP for the second straight time, becoming the first back-to-back Super Bowl MVP for his 13 of 24 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown.

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