The 1969 American Football League season was the tenth regular season of the American Football League, and the last one before the AFL-NFL Merger. To honor the AFL's 10th season, a special anniversary logo was designed and each Kansas City Chiefs player wore a patch on his jersey with the logo during Super Bowl IV, the final AFL-NFL World Championship Game prior to the merger of the two leagues.
In its final year of existence, the AFL had ten teams, grouped into two divisions. Each team would play a home-and-away game against the other four teams in its division, a home-and-away series against one of the five teams in opposite division, and one game each against the remaining four teams from the opposite division. Interestingly, using that format, the defending World Champion New York Jets went 10-0 against the five teams they played twice (i.e., their four weak divisional rivals plus last-place second-year Cincinnati) while going 0-4 against the top four teams in the West.
For the 1969 season, a provision was made for a four team playoff to determine the AFL representative in the Super Bowl, with the #1 team in the division to play against the #2 team in the opposite division. The NFL also had a four team playoff, matching the winners of the Capitol and Century divisions, and the Coastal and Central divisions.
The 1970 merger would place the 10 AFL teams (along with 3 teams from the pre-1970 NFL) into the AFC. (The other NFL teams would go into the NFC.)
|Week||EASTERN #1||Eastern #2||WESTERN #1||Western #2|
|1||N.Y. JETS||1-0-0||Hou, Bos, Buf, Mia||0-1-0||Oak, KC, Den, Cin||1-0-0||Oak, KC, Den, Cin||1-0-0|
|2||Hou, NY||1-1-0||Hou, NY||1-1-0||Oak, KC, Den, Cin||2-0-0||Oak, KC, Den, Cin||2-0-0|
|3||HOUSTON||2-1-0||NY, Buf||1-2-0||Oak, Cin||3-0-0||Oak, Cin||3-0-0|
|4||HOUSTON||3-1-0||N.Y. Jets||2-2-0||OAKLAND||3-0-1||Kansas City||3-1-0|
|5||NY, Hou||3-2-0||NY, Hou||3-2-0||OAKLAND||4-0-1||Kansas City||4-1-0|
|6||N.Y. JETS||4-2-0||Houston||3-3-0||OAKLAND||5-0-1||Kansas City||5-1-0|
|7||N.Y. JETS||5-2-0||Houston||4-3-0||OAKLAND||6-0-1||Kansas City||6-1-0|
|8||N.Y. JETS||6-2-0||Houston||4-4-0||KANSAS CITY||7-1-0||Oakland||6-1-1|
|9||N.Y. JETS||7-2-0||Houston||4-4-1||KANSAS CITY||8-1-0||Oakland||7-1-1|
|10||N.Y. JETS||7-3-0||Houston||4-4-2||KANSAS CITY||9-1-0||Oakland||8-1-1|
|11||N.Y. JETS||8-3-0||Houston||5-4-2||OAKLAND||9-1-1||Kansas City||9-2-0|
|12||N.Y. JETS||8-4-0||Houston||5-5-2||OAKLAND||10-1-1||Kansas City||10-2-0|
|13||N.Y. JETS||9-4-0||Houston||5-6-2||OAKLAND||11-1-1||Kansas City||11-2-0|
|14||N.Y. JETS||10-4-0||Houston||6-6-2||OAKLAND||12-1-1||Kansas City||11-3-0|
For its tenth and final season before merging with the NFL, the AFL instituted a four team playoff tournament, with the second place teams in each division also participating.
|*New York Jets||10||4||0||.714||353||269|
|Kansas City Chiefs||11||3||0||.786||359||177|
|San Diego Chargers||8||6||0||.571||288||276|
* — Team won division.
Italics mean team qualified for the playoffs.
- Main article: AFL playoffs, 1969
- January 4, 1970 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California
- First Quarter
- Second Quarter
- Third Quarter
- Fourth Quarter
- KC - Jan Stenerud 22 yard field goal