1963 Boston Patriots season

1963 Boston Patriots season
Head coach Mike Holovak
Owner Billy Sullivan
Home field Fenway Park
Record 7–6–1
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

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.[1] 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.[2][3] 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.[3]

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.[4][5] 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.[6][7][8][9]

AFL draft


Week Date Opponent Result Stadium Record Attendance
1 September 8 New York Jets W: 38–14 Alumni Stadium 1–0–0
2 September 14 at San Diego Chargers L: 17–13 Balboa Stadium 1–1–0
3 September 22 at Oakland Raiders W: 20–14 Frank Youell Field 2–1–0
4 September 29 at Denver Broncos L: 14–10 Bears Stadium 2–2–0
5 October 5 at New York Jets L: 31–24 Polo Grounds 2–3–0
6 October 11 Oakland Raiders W: 20–14 Fenway Park 3–3–0
7 October 18 Denver Broncos W: 40–21 Fenway Park 4–3–0
8 October 26 at Buffalo Bills L: 28–21 War Memorial Stadium 4–4–0
9 November 1 Houston Oilers W: 45–3 Fenway Park 5–4–0
10 November 10 San Diego Chargers L: 7–6 Fenway Park 5–5–0
11 November 17 Kansas City Chiefs T: 24–24 Fenway Park 5–5–1
November 24
AFL games postponed to December 1 & 22
12 December 1 Buffalo Bills W: 17–7 Fenway Park 6–5–1
13 December 7 at Houston Oilers W: 46–28 Jeppesen Stadium 7–5–1
14 December 14 at Kansas City Chiefs L: 35–3 Municipal Stadium 7–6–1
15 December 22
Bye week, (originally December 1)


AFL Eastern Division
Boston Patriots 761.5384–2327257L1
Buffalo Bills 761.5383–3304291W2
Houston Oilers 680.4293–3302372L4
New York Jets 581.3852–4249399L3

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


Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Division December 28, 1963 at Buffalo Bills W 26–8 War Memorial Stadium
Championship January 5, 1964 at San Diego Chargers L 51–10 Balboa Stadium


Boston Patriots 1963 staff
Front Office

Head Coach

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches


Boston Patriots 1963 roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive backs


  1. "Hopeful Packers, Patriots open pro grid weekend". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. December 14, 1963. p. 11.
  2. "AFL has title tie, may get another". Milwaukee Journal. UPI. December 16, 1963. p. 17, part 2.
  3. 1 2 "Bills, Patriots play for title". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. December 28, 1963. p. 7.
  4. "Boston beats Bills for division crown". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. December 29, 1963. p. 1, sports.
  5. "Parilli passes Patriots past Buffalo, 26-8". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. December 29, 1963. p. 1, section 4.
  6. "Chargers roll over Boston in AFL final". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 6, 1964. p. 27.
  7. "Chargers rout Boston, 51-10; compared with NFL teams". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 11, part 2.
  8. "Are Chargers good enough for NFL opponents?". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 3B.
  9. "Charger win Lincolnesque; Palouse Moose gains 349". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 12.
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