1963 San Diego Chargers season

The 1963 San Diego Chargers season was the team's fourth in the American Football League. The team had gone 4–10 in 1962. They won their only AFL Championship with a 51–10 win over the Boston Patriots in Balboa Stadium.[1][2][3][4] Receiver Lance Alworth was named the league M.V.P.

1963 San Diego Chargers season
OwnerBarron Hilton
Head coachSid Gillman
General managerSid Gillman
Home fieldBalboa Stadium
Results
Record11–3
Division place1st Western Division
Playoff finishWon AFL Championship
(Boston Patriots, 51–10)

Through 2019, this is the Chargers' only league championship season in the AFL or NFL, although they did win the 1994 AFC Championship before losing in Super Bowl XXIX to the San Francisco 49ers. [5] This is also the most recent world championship ever won by a major league sports team in the city and county of San Diego. In 2003, the team was inducted into the Chargers Ring of Honor.[6]

The Chargers were the only AFL team to go undefeated against four teams in the regular season that would go on to make the postseason.[7]

RosterEdit

1963 San Diego Chargers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends


Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers


Defensive backs


Special teams


Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
active, inactive, practice squad

Season scheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Game
Recap
1 September 8 Buffalo Bills W 14–10 1–0 Balboa Stadium 22,344 Recap
2 September 14 Boston Patriots W 17–13 2–0 Balboa Stadium 26,097 Recap
3
Bye
4 September 29 Kansas City Chiefs W 24–10 3–0 Balboa Stadium 22,654 Recap
5 October 6 at Denver Broncos L 34–50 3–1 Bears Stadium 18,428 Recap
6 October 13 New York Jets W 24–20 4–1 Balboa Stadium 27,189 Recap
7 October 20 at Kansas City Chiefs W 38–17 5–1 Municipal Stadium 30,107 Recap
8 October 27 Oakland Raiders L 33–34 5–2 Balboa Stadium 30,182 Recap
9 November 2 at New York Jets W 53–7 6–2 Polo Grounds 18,336 Recap
10 November 10 at Boston Patriots W 7–6 7–2 Fenway Park 28,402 Recap
11 November 17 at Buffalo Bills W 23–13 8–2 War Memorial Stadium 38,592 Recap
Scheduled AFL games postponed to December 22
12 December 1 Houston Oilers W 27–0 9–2 Balboa Stadium 31,713 Recap
13 December 8 at Oakland Raiders L 27–41 9–3 Frank Youell Field 20,249 Recap
14 December 15 at Houston Oilers W 20–14 10–3 Jeppesen Stadium 18,540 Recap
15 December 22 Denver Broncos W 58–20 11–3 Balboa Stadium 31,312 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

1 234Total
Bills 0 307 10
• Chargers 0 770 14
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: Balboa Stadium
  • Game weather: 74°F; wind 11

[8]

Week 2Edit

1 234Total
Patriots 3 703 13
• Chargers 0 1403 17
  • Date: September 14
  • Location: Balboa Stadium
  • Game weather: 71°F; wind 8

[9]

Week 8Edit

1 234Total
• Chargers 7 171415 53
Jets 0 007 7
  • Date: November 2
  • Location: Polo Grounds
  • Game weather: 48°F; wind 16

[10]

Week 14Edit

1 234Total
Broncos 7 1030 20
• Chargers 10 161022 58

[11]

StandingsEdit

AFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers 11 3 0 .786 3–3 399 255 W2
Oakland Raiders 10 4 0 .714 6–0 363 282 W8
Kansas City Chiefs 5 7 2 .417 2–4 347 263 W3
Denver Broncos 2 11 1 .154 1–5 301 473 L7

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

PlayoffsEdit

Round Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance Recap
Championship January 5, 1964 Boston Patriots Balboa Stadium W 51–10 30,127 Recap

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chargers roll over Boston in AFL final". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 6, 1964. p. 27.
  2. ^ "Chargers rout Boston, 51-10; compared with NFL teams". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 11, part 2.
  3. ^ "Are Chargers good enough for NFL opponents?". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 3B.
  4. ^ "Charger win Lincolnesque; Palouse Moose gains 349". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 12.
  5. ^ As of 2011
  6. ^ Gehlken, Michael (October 28, 2013). "Chargers to honor their title team". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on December 23, 2013.
  7. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1940 to 2011, in the AFL, in the regular season, team won game, in games against playoff teams only, only in games against teams with winning record for season, sorted by most games in season matching criteria.
  8. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-Nov-04.
  9. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-Nov-04.
  10. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Dec-29.
  11. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Aug-16.