1960 American Football League season

1960 American Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 9, 1960 – December 18, 1960
Date January 1, 1961
Eastern Champion Houston Oilers
Western Champion Los Angeles Chargers
Site Jeppesen Stadium, Houston, Texas
Champion Houston Oilers
American Football League seasons
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The 1960 American Football League season was the inaugural regular season of the American Football League. It consisted of 8 franchises split into two divisions: the East Division (Buffalo Bills, Houston Oilers, New York Titans, Boston Patriots) and the West Division (Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, Dallas Texans, Oakland Raiders).

The season ended when the Houston Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 24–16 in the inaugural AFL Championship game.

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 a tie in the standings, a playoff would be held to determine the division winner.

The Denver Broncos, who would not have a winning season until they went 7–5–2 in 1973, were the Western Division leaders halfway through 1960. They won the AFL's first game, played on Friday night, September 9, 1960, beating the Boston Patriots 13–10. The Patriots' Gino Cappelletti scored the AFL's first points with a 35-yard field goal. Other results in Week One were the Los Angeles Chargers 21–20 win over the Dallas Texans, the Houston Oilers 37–22 win over the Oakland Raiders, and the New York Titans' 27–3 win over the Buffalo Bills. In the Raiders game, J.D. Smith caught a pass from Tom Flores to score the first two-point conversion in pro football history.

In Week Eight (October 30), Denver lost to the visiting Texans, 17–14, and did not win any of their last eight games, finishing with the AFL's worst record at 4–9–1. The Chargers, still in Los Angeles, pulled ahead the next week with a Friday night win over the New York Titans, 21–7, and finished at 10–4–0. The Eastern Division lead was held by Houston, except for a setback from a 14–13 loss to Oakland on September 25. In Week Five, the Oilers beat the visiting Titans, 27–21 and led the rest of the way.

Week Eastern Western
1 Tie (Hou, NYT) 1–0–0 Tie (Den, LAC) 1–0–0
2 Houston Oilers 2–0–0 Denver Broncos 2–0–0
3 Tie (Hou, NYT) 2–0–0 Tie (DalT, Den) 2–1–0
4 New York Titans 3–1–0 Denver Broncos 3–1–0
5 Houston Oilers 3–1–0 Denver Broncos 3–1–0
6 Houston Oilers 4–1–0 Denver Broncos 3–2–0
7 Houston Oilers 5–1–0 Denver Broncos 4–2–0
8 Houston Oilers 5–2–0 Tie (Den, LAC) 4–3–0
9 Houston Oilers 6–2–0 L.A. Chargers 5–3–0
10 Houston Oilers 6–3–0 L.A. Chargers 6–3–0
11 Houston Oilers 7–3–0 L.A. Chargers 6–4–0
12 Houston Oilers 6–3–0 L.A. Chargers 7–4–0
13 Houston Oilers 8–4–0 L.A. Chargers 8–4–0
14 Houston Oilers 9–4–0 L.A. Chargers 9–4–0
15 Houston Oilers 10–4–0 L.A. Chargers 10–4–0

Regular season


Home/Road Eastern Division Western Division
Eastern Boston Patriots 0–13 10–24 38–21 42–14 10–13 16–45 34–28
Buffalo Bills 38–14 25–24 13–17 28–45 21–27 10–24 38–9
Houston Oilers 37–21 31–23 27–21 20–10 20–10 38–28 13–14
New York Titans 24–28 27–3 28–42 41–35 28–24 7–21 27–28
Western Dallas Texans 34–0 24–7 24–0 35–37 34–7 17–0 19–20
Denver Broncos 31–24 38–38 25–45 27–30 14–17 19–23 31–14
Los Angeles Chargers 0–35 3–32 24–21 50–43 21–20 41–33 52–28
Oakland Raiders 27–14 20–7 22–37 28–31 16–34 48–10 17–41


AFL Eastern Division
Houston Oilers 1040.7145–1379285W2
New York Titans 770.5002–4382399L1
Buffalo Bills 581.3853–3296303L2
Boston Patriots 590.3572–4286349L4

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

AFL Western Division
Los Angeles Chargers 1040.7145–1373336W4
Dallas Texans 860.5714–2362253W3
Oakland Raiders 680.4292–4319388W1
Denver Broncos 491.3081–5309393L3

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


AFL Championship Game
January 1, 1961 – Jeppesen Stadium
 Los Angeles Chargers  16
 Houston Oilers  24



Player Comp. Att. Comp% Yards TD's INT's
Frank Tripucka (DEN)24847851.830382434
Jack Kemp (LA)2114065230182025
Al Dorow (NYT)20139650.827482626
Butch Songin (BOS)18739247.724762215
Cotton Davidson (DAL)17937947.224741516
George Blanda (HOU)16936346.624132422
Tom Flores (OAK)1362525417381212
Johnny Green (BUF)892283912671010
Babe Parilli (OAK)8718746.51003511
Tommy O'Connell (BUF)6514544.81033713
Dick Jamieson (NYT)35705058662


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