1960 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 9, 1960 - December 18, 1960
East Champions {{{Eastchampion}}}
West Champions {{{Westchampion}}}
Championship Game
Champions Houston Oilers
National Football League seasons
 < 1959 1961 > 

The 1960 American Football League season was the inaugural regular season of the American Football League.

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

Division racesEdit

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

The Denver Broncos, who wouldn't 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 very first game, played on 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 didn't 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.

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

Standings [1]Edit

Eastern Division
*Houston Oilers 1040.714379285
New York Titans 770.500382399
Buffalo Bills 581.385296303
Boston Patriots 590.357286349
Western Division
*Los Angeles Chargers 1040.714373336
Dallas Texans 860.571362253
Oakland Raiders 680.429319388
Denver Broncos 491.308309393

* — Qualified for Championship Game.




Player Comp. Att. Comp% Yards TD's INT's
Frank Tripucka (DEN)24847851.83,0382434
Jack Kemp (LA)211406523,0182025
Al Dorow (NYT)20139650.82,7482626
Butch Songin (BOS)18739247.72,4762215
Cotton Davidson (DAL)17937947.22,4741516
George Blanda (HOU)16936346.62,4132422
Tom Flores (OAK)136252541,7381212
Johnny Green (BUF)89228391,2671010
Babe Parilli (OAK)8718746.51,003511
Tommy O'Connell (BUF)6514544.81,033713
Dick Jamieson (NYT)35705058662

External linksEdit

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