Template:Infobox AFL The 1968 American Football League season was the ninth regular season of the American Football League, and its penultimate season prior to the AFL-NFL Merger.

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 racesEdit

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
5 N.Y. Jets 3-1-0 Oakland 4-0-0
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 [1]Edit

The Cincinnati Bengals joined the league as an expansion team.

Eastern Division
*New York Jets 1130.786419280
Houston Oilers 770.500303248
Miami Dolphins 581.385276355
Boston Patriots 4100.286229406
Buffalo Bills 1121.077199367
Western Division
*Oakland Raiders 1220.857453233
Kansas City Chiefs 1220.857371170
San Diego Chargers 950.643382310
Denver Broncos 590.357255404
Cincinnati Bengals 3110.214215329

* — Team qualified for Championship Game.
Italics mean team qualified for the playoffs.


External linksEdit

Template:1968 AFL season by team Template:NFL on NBC

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