The season ended when the New York Jets defeated the Oakland Raiders in the AFL Championship Game; the Jets then defeated the National Football League's Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in one of the biggest sports upsets in history.
This season was also notable for arguably the most memorable regular season game in pro football history: the Heidi Game. A commitment to a sponsor caused NBC to switch coverage from a late season matchup between the Jets and Raiders to a children's movie, infuriating millions of viewers.
Division races[edit | edit source]
With the addition of the Cincinnati Bengals, the AFL's ten teams were grouped into two divisions. Each team would play a home-and-away game against the other four teams in its division, one game against each of the five teams in the opposite division, and a second game against one of the other division's teams.
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 (as happened when Oakland and Kansas City both finished at 12-2-0), a playoff would be held to determine the division winner.
|1||Boston||1-0-0||Tie: (KC, SD)||1-0-0|
|2||Tie: (Bos, NYJ)||1-0-0||Tie: (Oak, SD)||1-0-0|
|3||N.Y. Jets||2-0-0||Tie: (Oak, SD)||2-0-0|
|4||Tie: (Bos, NY)||2-1-0||Oakland||3-0-0|
|6||N.Y. Jets||3-2-0||Kansas City||5-1-0|
|7||N.Y. Jets||4-2-0||Kansas City||6-1-0|
|8||N.Y. Jets||5-2-0||Kansas City||7-1-0|
|9||N.Y. Jets||6-2-0||Kansas City||7-2-0|
|10||N.Y. Jets||7-2-0||Kansas City||8-2-0|
|11||N.Y. Jets||7-3-0||Kansas City||9-2-0|
|12||N.Y. Jets||8-3-0||Tie: (KC, Oak)||9-2-0|
|13||N.Y. Jets||9-3-0||Tie: (KC, Oak)||10-2-0|
|14||N.Y. Jets||10-3-0||Tie: (KC, Oak)||11-2-0|
|15||N.Y. Jets||11-3-0||Tie: (KC, Oak)||12-2-0|
Standings [edit | edit source]
The Cincinnati Bengals joined the league as an expansion team.
|*New York Jets||11||3||0||.786||419||280|
|Kansas City Chiefs||12||2||0||.857||371||170|
|San Diego Chargers||9||5||0||.643||382||310|
* — Team qualified for Championship Game.
Italics mean team qualified for the playoffs.
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
- Main article: AFL playoffs, 1968
- Western Division playoff
- Oakland Raiders 41, Kansas City Chiefs 6, December 22, 1968, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California
- AFL Championship Game
- New York Jets 27, Oakland Raiders 23, December 29, 1968, Shea Stadium, New York