Head coach Mike Holovak
Home field Fenway Park
|Start date 1963|
Owner Billy Sullivan
|Division place 1st AFL Eastern (playoff)|
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoff (Bills, 26–8) Lost AFL Championship Game (Chargers, 51–10)
AFL All-Stars LB Tom Addison DT Houston Antwine LB Nick Buoniconti WR/K Gino Cappelletti DE Bob Dee DE Larry Eisenhauer RB Larry Garron DB Ron Hall G Charlie Long G Billy Neighbors QB Babe Parilli
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The 1963 Boston Patriots season was the fourth season for the team in the American Football League.
In their first season at Fenway Park, switching from Nickerson Field, the Patriots hovered around the .500 mark all season, and were in position to win the Eastern Division title outright with a victory on their final game. The 35–3 road loss to the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs allowed the Buffalo Bills catch up and both finished at 7–6–1, which required a divisional playoff game, the AFL's first. Both teams had a bye the following week, postponed from the Sunday after the assassination of President Kennedy; the tiebreaker playoff was scheduled for Saturday, December 28, at Buffalo's War Memorial Stadium. The teams split their two games during the regular season, with the home team winning, and the host Bills were slight favorites.
The visiting Patriots won the playoff game 26–8 on a snowy field, with quarterback Babe Parilli throwing two touchdown passes to fullback Larry Garron, and three field goals were added by end Gino Cappelletti. With the win, Boston became Eastern Division champions, while the Western champion San Diego Chargers (11–3) were idle. The AFL championship game was played the next week in southern California on January 5, where San Diego routed the Patriots 51–10 at Balboa Stadium.
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.