DraftThe 1967 NFL/AFL draft was held from March 14 to 15 at New York City's The Peninsula New York, Gotham Hotel. With the first pick of the first common draft, the 1967 Baltimore Colts season, Baltimore Colts selected defensive tackle Bubba Smith from 1966 Michigan State Spartans football team, Michigan State.
Major rule changes*The "slingshot" or "tuning fork" Field goal#History, goalpost, with one curved support from the ground and offset behind the crossbar, was made standard in the NFL. This replaced the previous year's offset goalpost, which had two non-curved supports from the ground. Before the introduction of the offset goalpost, the supports were directly on the goal line. Posts also had to be painted bright gold. *A border around the field was also made standard in the league. Its outer edge designates the closest that non-participants can be to the field, and thus enables the Official (American football), game officials to have a running lane to work in.
Division racesThe Eastern Conference was split into the Capitol and Century Divisions, and the Western Conference had the Coastal and Central Divisions. (Each of the new division names began with the letter C and contained seven letters.) Under the new system, each team played six division games (a home-and-away series against teams in its division); a game against each of the other four teams in its conference; and a nonconference game against all of the four members of one of the two four-team divisions in the other conference, for a total of 14 games. In the past, if two teams were tied for the division lead at season's end, a one-game playoff was conducted to break the tie. Starting in 1967, a tiebreaking system was implemented that started with net points in head-to-head competition, followed by the team that had less recently played in a title game. As such, only one team in a division would be the division winner, even if the win-loss record was the same.
TiebreakersLos Angeles won the Coastal Division based on better point differential in head-to-head games (net 24 points) vs. Baltimore. The 1967 Los Angeles Rams season, Rams and 1967 Baltimore Colts season, Colts played to a 24–24 tie in Baltimore in October before the Rams won 34–10 on the season's final Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The result would be the same under the modern tiebreaker, which relies first on head-to-head record (Los Angeles won the head-to-head series, 1–0–1).
AFL–NFL World Championship GameThe Green Bay Packers defeated the 1967 Oakland Raiders season, Oakland Raiders, league champion of the 1967 American Football League season, 33–14, at Miami Orange Bowl, Orange Bowl in Miami on January 14, 1968.
Coaching changes*Detroit Lions: Harry Gilmer was replaced by Joe Schmidt (American football), Joe Schmidt. *Minnesota Vikings: Norm Van Brocklin was replaced by Bud Grant. *New Orleans Saints: Tom Fears became the expansion team's first head coach.
Stadium changes* The expansion New Orleans Saints began play at Tulane Stadium
References* ''NFL Record and Fact Book'' ()