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.[1] 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 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 17 –
December 17, 1967
Playoffs
East ChampionsDallas Cowboys
West ChampionsGreen Bay Packers
Championship Game
ChampionsGreen Bay Packers

Major rule changes

  • The "slingshot" or "tuning fork" goalpost, with one curved support from the ground and offset behind the crossbar, was made standard in the NFL. This replaced the previous year's offset goalpost, which had two non-curved supports from the ground. Before the introduction of the offset goalpost, the supports were directly on the goal line. Posts also had to be painted bright gold.
  • A 6-foot-wide (1.8 m) border around the field was also made standard in the league. Its outer edge designates the closest that non-participants can be to the field, and thus enables the game officials to have a running lane to work in.

Division races

The Eastern Conference was split into the Capitol and Century Divisions, and the Western Conference had the Coastal and Central Divisions. (Each of the new division names began with the letter C and contained seven letters.) Under the new system, each team played six division games (a home-and-away series against teams in its division); a game against each of the other four teams in its conference; and a nonconference game against all of the four members of one of the two four-team division in the other conference, for a total of 14 games. In the past, if two teams were tied for the division lead at season's end, a one-game playoff was conducted to break the tie. Starting in 1967, a tiebreaking system was implemented that started with net points in head-to-head competition, followed by the team that had less recently played in a title game. As such, only one team in a division would be the division winner, even if the won-loss record was the same.

Week Capitol Century Coastal Central
1 Dallas 1–0–0 Pittsburgh 1–0–0 San Francisco 1–0–0 Detroit 0–0–1
2 Dallas 2–0–0 St. Louis 1–1–0 San Francisco 2–0–0 Detroit 1–0–1
3 Philadelphia 2–1–0 St. Louis 2–1–0 Los Angeles 3–0–0 Green Bay 2–0–1
4 Dallas 3–1–0 St. Louis 3–1–0 Baltimore 4–0–0 Green Bay 3–0–1
5 Dallas 4–1–0 New York 3–2–0 Baltimore 4–0–1 Green Bay 3–1–1
6 Dallas 5–1–0 Cleveland 3–2–0 Baltimore 4–0–2 Green Bay 4–1–1
7 Dallas 5–2–0 New York 4–3–0 Baltimore 5–0–2 Green Bay 5–1–1
8 Dallas 6–2–0 St. Louis 5–3–0 Baltimore 6–0–2 Green Bay 5–2–1
9 Dallas 7–2–0 St. Louis 5–3–1 Baltimore 7–0–2 Green Bay 6–2–1
10 Dallas 7–3–0 Cleveland 6–4–0 Baltimore 8–0–2 Green Bay 7–2–1
11 Dallas 8–3–0 Cleveland 7–4–0 Baltimore 9–0–2 Green Bay 8–2–1
12 Dallas 8–4–0 Cleveland 8–4–0 Baltimore 10–0–2 Green Bay 9–2–1
13 Dallas 9–4–0 Cleveland 9–4–0 Baltimore 11–0–2 Green Bay 9–3–1
14 Dallas 9–5–0 Cleveland 9–5–0 Los Angeles 11–1–2 Green Bay 9–4–1

Final standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Note: Prior to 1972, the NFL did not include tie games when calculating a team's winning percentage in the official standings

Eastern Conference
Capitol Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Dallas Cowboys 9 5 0 .643 342 268
Philadelphia Eagles 6 7 1 .462 351 409
Washington Redskins 5 6 3 .455 347 353
New Orleans Saints 3 11 0 .214 233 379
Century Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Cleveland Browns 9 5 0 .643 334 297
New York Giants 7 7 0 .500 369 379
St. Louis Cardinals 6 7 1 .462 333 356
Pittsburgh Steelers 4 9 1 .308 281 320
Western Conference
Coastal Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Los Angeles Rams 11 1 2 .917 398 196
Baltimore Colts 11 1 2 .917 394 198
San Francisco 49ers 7 7 0 .500 273 337
Atlanta Falcons 1 12 1 .077 175 422
Central Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Green Bay Packers 9 4 1 .692 332 209
Chicago Bears 7 6 1 .538 239 218
Detroit Lions 5 7 2 .417 260 259
Minnesota Vikings 3 8 3 .273 233 294

Tiebreakers

Los Angeles won the Coastal Division based on better point differential in head-to-head games (net 24 points) vs. Baltimore. The Rams and Colts played to a 24–24 tie in Baltimore in October before the Rams won 34–10 on the season's final Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. NOTE: The result would be the same under the modern tiebreaker, which relies first on head-to-head record (Los Angeles won the head-to-head series, 1–0–1).

Playoffs

 
Conference Championship GamesNFL Championship Game
 
      
 
December 24, 1967 – Cotton Bowl
 
 
Cleveland Browns14
 
* December 31, 1967 – Lambeau Field
 
Dallas Cowboys52
 
Dallas Cowboys17
 
December 23, 1967 – Milwaukee County Stadium
 
Green Bay Packers21
 
Los Angeles Rams7
 
 
Green Bay Packers28
 

* - The Ice Bowl

Awards

Most Valuable Player Johnny Unitas, Quarterback, Baltimore Colts
Coach of the Year George Allen, L.A. Rams; Don Shula, Baltimore Colts (tie)
Offensive Rookie of the Year Mel Farr, Running Back, Detroit
Defensive Rookie of the Year Lem Barney, Cornerback, Detroit

Draft

The 1967 NFL Draft was held from March 14 to 15, 1967 at New York City's Gotham Hotel. With the first pick, the Baltimore Colts selected defensive tackle Bubba Smith from Michigan State University.

Coaches

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

See also

References

  1. ^ "NFL fixes plans to decide ties". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. December 1, 1966. p. 33.
  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1961–1970 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
1967 NFL playoffs

The NFL playoffs following the 1967 NFL season culminated in the NFL championship game on New Year's Eve, and determined who would represent the league against the American Football League champions in Super Bowl II.

With 16 teams in the league in 1967, this was the first season that the NFL used a four-team playoff tournament. The four division winners advanced to the postseason, with the two division winners in each conference meeting in the first round (effectively being conference championship games). The championship game this year was the famous Ice Bowl, played in Green Bay on December 31.

Although the Baltimore Colts (11–1–2) had tied for the best record in the league, they lost the new division tie-breaker to the Los Angeles Rams and were excluded from the postseason.

1969 Washington Redskins season

The 1969 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 38th season in the National Football League. The team improved on their 5–9 record from 1968, by hiring legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi. Sam Huff (a future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame) came out of retirement specifically to play for Lombardi and finished with a record of 7–5–2.

Arnie Simkus

Arnold J. "Arnie" Simkus (born March 25, 1943) is a former American football player. Simkus was born in Schlava, Germany and immigrated to the United States as a boy. He graduated from Cass Tech High School in Detroit, Michigan before enrolling at the University of Michigan. He was a member of the 1964 Michigan Wolverines football team that won the Big Ten Conference championship and defeated Oregon State in the 1965 Rose Bowl. On November 28, 1964, Simkus was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round (72nd overall pick) of the 1965 NFL Draft. In April 1965, Simkus signed a contract to play professional football for the American Football League's New York Jets. Simkus played in only one game for the Jets in the 1965 season and later signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He played in 11 games for the Vikings during the 1967 NFL season. Simkus later formed All-American Lifeguard, a personal training service based in Warren, Michigan.

Del Shofner

Delbert Martin Shofner (born December 11, 1934) is a former American football wide receiver who played for eleven seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants from 1957 to 1967 in the National Football League (NFL).

Shofner was a five-time consensus All-Pro and Pro Bowler in 1958, 1959, and from 1961 to 1963. He led the NFL in receiving yards in 1958 with a total of 1,097 and finished second in that category in both 1959 and 1961 with totals of 936 and 1,125. In 1962, he finished second in receiving touchdowns with 12. Shofner's 1963 receiving yards total of 1,181 was his career-best and the third highest in the NFL that season.

Injuries and illness caused a decline in his effectiveness in 1964 and thereafter and he eventually was supplanted as the starting split end in the middle of the 1965 season. He retired after the 1967 NFL season.

In 2005, he was named to the Professional Football Researchers Association Hall of Very Good in the association's third HOVG class.Shofner played college football at Baylor University. He was also a punter early in his professional football career.

In addition to football, Shofner played basketball, baseball, and was a sprinter while at Baylor.

Shofner helped lead the Baylor Bears to a 13-7 victory over Tennessee in the 1957 Sugar Bowl and was voted the game's Most Valuable Player.

Dick Capp

Richard Francis Capp (born April 9, 1942) is an American former American football tight end and linebacker in the National Football League. He is from Portland, Maine.

Don Bandy

Donald Stewart Bandy (born July 1, 1945) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He played professionally for the Washington Redskins.

Frank McRae

Frank McRae (born March 18, 1944) is an American film and television actor, and a former professional football player.

List of Detroit Lions seasons

The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) North division. The team plays its home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. Originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and called the Portsmouth Spartans, the team began play in 1928 as an independent professional team. The 2015 season was their 88th in the NFL.

The Lions have won four NFL championships, tied for 9th overall in total championships amongst all 32 NFL franchises; although the last was in 1957, which gives the club the second-longest NFL championship drought behind the Arizona Cardinals. The Lions were the first franchise to finish a full (non-strike shortened) regular season with no wins or ties since the move to sixteen season games in 1978, going 0–16 during the 2008 NFL season. They are also one of four current teams, and the only one in the NFC, to have never played in the Super Bowl.

List of Green Bay Packers seasons

The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Since their founding in 1919 by Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun, the Packers have played over 1,350 games in 100 seasons of competitive football. The first two seasons the Packers played against local teams in and around Wisconsin. In 1921, they became part of the American Professional Football Association, the precursor to the National Football League (NFL). In their 99 seasons, the Packers have won 13 professional American football championships (the most in NFL history), including nine NFL Championships and four Super Bowls. They have captured 18 divisional titles, eight conference championships, and recorded the second most regular season (738) and overall victories (772) of any NFL franchise, behind the Chicago Bears.

The franchise has experienced three major periods of continued success in their history. The first period of success came from 1929–1944, when the Packers were named NFL Champions six times. This period saw the Packers become the first dynasty of American football (1929–1931). The second period of success was between 1960–1967, where the Packers won five NFL Championships and the first two Super Bowls. The Packers also won three consecutive NFL Championships for the second time in franchise history (1965–1967). The most recent period of success ranges from 1993–present, where the franchise has reached the playoffs 19 times, including three Super Bowl appearances, winning two in 1996 and 2010. This period included the 2011 season, where the team won 15 games, the most the Packers have won in a single season.

The Packers have also experienced periods of extended failure in their history. The two most notable times were from 1945–1958, where the franchise never placed higher than 3rd in the league standings and recorded the worst record of any Packers team, going 1–10–1 in 1958. The second period of continued failure occurred between 1968–1991, where the club only went to the playoffs twice, and recorded only six winning seasons.

The 2018 NFL season is the Packers 100th season of competitive football and 98th season as part of the NFL.

List of Washington Redskins seasons

This article is a list of seasons completed by the Washington Redskins American football franchise of the National Football League (NFL). The list documents the season-by-season records of the Redskins' franchise from 1932 to present, including postseason records, and league awards for individual players or head coaches. The Redskins franchise was founded as the Boston Braves, named after the local baseball franchise. The team changed their name to the Redskins in 1933 and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1937.The Redskins have played over 1,000 games. In those games, the club won five professional American football championships including two NFL Championships and three Super Bowls. The franchise captured ten NFL divisional titles and six NFL conference championships.The Redskins won the 1937 and 1942 Championship games, as well as Super Bowl XVII, XXII, and XXVI. They also played in and lost the 1936, 1940, 1943, and 1945 Championship games, as well as Super Bowl VII and XVIII. They have made 24 postseason appearances, and have an overall postseason record of 23 wins and 19 losses. Only five teams have appeared in more Super Bowls than the Redskins: the New England Patriots (nine), the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos (all with eight), and San Francisco 49ers (six); the Redskins' five appearances are tied with the Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants and Green Bay Packers.All of the Redskins' league titles were attained during two ten-year spans. From 1936 to 1945, the Redskins went to the NFL Championship six times, winning two of them. The second period lasted between 1982 and 1991 where the Redskins appeared in the postseason seven times, captured four Conference titles, and won three Super Bowls out of four appearances.The Redskins have also experienced failure in their history. The most notable period of failure was from 1946 to 1970, during which the Redskins did not have a single postseason appearance. During this period, the Redskins went without a single winning season between 1956 and 1968. In 1961 season, the franchise posted their worst regular season record with a 1–12–1 showing.

Martine Bercher

Martine Bercher (February 23, 1944 – December 7, 2005) was an American football defensive back for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks football team from 1962-1966. He was a member of the 1964 National Championship team that won the 1965 Cotton Bowl Classic, and was named to the University of Arkansas All Century Team in 1994.

Mike Bass

Michael Thomas Bass (born March 31, 1945) is a former American football player.

Bass played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) as a cornerback for the Washington Redskins from 1969 to 1975. He appeared in 104 consecutive games for the Redskins between 1969 and 1975, recorded 30 interceptions, and scored the Redskins' only touchdown in Super Bowl VII on a 49-yard fumble return. In 2002, Bass was selected as one of the 70 greatest Redskins players of all time.

A native of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Bass played college football as a halfback for the University of Michigan from 1964 to 1966. He also appeared in two games as a special teams player for the Detroit Lions in 1967.

Pat Peppler

Albert Patterson Peppler (April 16, 1922 – June 23, 2015) was an American football coach and executive who worked for teams that won five National Football League (NFL) titles. He may be best remembered for serving as head coach of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons during the final nine games of the 1976 NFL season.

Paul Wiggin

Paul David Wiggin (born November 18, 1934) is a former American football player and coach who currently serves as the senior consultant for pro personnel with the Minnesota Vikings.

After graduating from Stanford University in 1957, he spent his entire 11-year playing career as a defensive end with the Cleveland Browns until his retirement following the 1967 NFL season. Twice earning Pro Bowl honors, Wiggin was a key member of the team's defensive line when it won the 1964 National Football League title with a 27–0 shutout of the Baltimore Colts.

He was named an assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers on February 14, 1968, spending the next seven seasons with the team until being hired as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs on January 23, 1975. After compiling an 11–24 mark in less than three seasons, Wiggin was fired following a 44–7 loss against his old team, the Browns, on October 30, 1977.

After Dick Nolan was named as head coach of the New Orleans Saints in 1978, he once again hired Wiggin as the team's defensive coordinator. Spending two years in the position, Wiggin then was hired as head coach at his alma mater, Stanford, on February 1, 1980.

Despite the presence of quarterback John Elway on the team during his first three years, Wiggin was unable to lead Stanford to a bowl game during his tenure and was dismissed following the 1983 season with a 16–28 record over four years. Wiggin's efforts to reach a bowl game had come agonizingly close in 1982, when his team fell victim to what simply became known as The Play on November 20. In an incredible finish against the University of California, the school's arch-rival, Cal lateraled five times in the closing seconds to score the winning touchdown.

Phil Handler

Philip Jacob Handler (July 21, 1908 – December 8, 1968) was an American football player and coach who spent his entire professional career in the city of Chicago. He had a seven-year, 53-game NFL playing career, during which he was named All-Pro four times. On three separate occasions, Handler served as head coach of the Chicago Cardinals, and later as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bears. He served as an assistant coach for the Cardinals when they won the 1947 NFL Championship; and with the Bears when they won the 1963 NFL Championship.

Randy Winkler

Randy Winkler is a former offensive tackle in the National Football League. He was drafted in the twelfth round of the 1966 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions and later played with the team during the 1967 NFL season. The following season, he would play with the Atlanta Falcons. After two years away from the NFL, he played with the Green Bay Packers during the 1971 NFL season.

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.

Willie Asbury

William Wesley Asbury (born February 22, 1943) is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League (NFL).

Willie Richardson

Willie Louis Richardson (November 17, 1939 – February 8, 2016) was an American professional football wide receiver who played in the National Football League. He played nine seasons for the Baltimore Colts (1963–1969, 1971) and the Miami Dolphins (1970). He was named 1st Team All-Pro by the Associated Press for the 1967 NFL season and went to two Pro Bowls.

Richardson was an All-American at Jackson State and in 2003 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

He is the older brother of former NFL wide receiver Gloster Richardson, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Dallas Cowboys and the Cleveland Browns. He died on February 8, 2016 at the age of 76.

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