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1963 American Football League playoffs

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1963 American Football League playoffs
Champion  History of the San Diego Chargers

The 1963 American Football League Championship Game was the fourth AFL title game. At the end of the regular season, the San Diego Chargers (11–3) 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 identical 7–6–1 records, which required a tiebreaker playoff game on December 28.


Eastern Division playoff

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1963 AFL Championship Game

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San Diego fullback Keith Lincoln performed tremendously and led the Chargers to a 51–10 rout of Boston. Named the game's outstanding player, he rushed for 206 yards on 13 carries, led the team with 123 yards in receiving, and completed a pass for 20 yards.

The Chargers' championship win 53 years ago is noted for being the only major sports title for the city of San Diego, the longest for a major American city. The 1963 championship would also be the only championship the Chargers won in San Diego, before they moved to Los Angeles following the 2016 season. The Patriots meanwhile, did not win a league championship until the 2001 season in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Starting lineups

Hall of Fame inductee

Players' shares

The attendance in San Diego was nearly 8,000 lower than the previous year's game in Houston, but the players' shares were up slightly with increased television revenue. The winning Chargers players each made around $2,500, while the Patriots received about $1,700 each. These shares were less than half of those for the NFL title game in 1963, at approximately $6,000 and $4,200 each.


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