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The 1964
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season was the fifth
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of the American Football League. The season ended when the
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defeated the
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in the AFL Championship game. Two years later, the AFL would join the
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to form the AFL-NFL World Championship game, known today as the
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. This was the final season of AFL telecasts on ABC before the games moved to
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for the following season.


Division races

The AFL had 8 teams, grouped into two divisions. Each team would play a home-and-away game against the other 7 teams in the league for a total of 14 games, and 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, a playoff would be held to determine the division winner. The Buffalo Bills won their first nine games, before Boston beat them at home on November 15, 36–28. Buffalo came back from a 24–14 deficit at San Diego on Thanksgiving Day to eke out a 27–24 win. On December 6 at Oakland, the Raiders beat the Bills on the final play of the game, 16–13, and did not try for an extra point."Flores Flips Winner With 4 Seconds Left," ''The Fresno Bee'', Dec 7, 1964, p8-B Boston won at Kansas City, 31–24, to take Buffalo's lead away. In ''Week Fourteen'', Boston was idle, and Buffalo took a 1/2 game lead with a 30–19 win at Denver. As it turned out, the Eastern Division title would come down to the final game of the season, with Buffalo (11–2–0) traveling to Boston (10–2–1) on December 20, with the winner to take all. Jack Kemp led the Bills to three touchdowns for a 24–14 win to capture the title. The Western Division race was less dramatic. In ''Week Six'', the Chargers took a lead over the Chiefs during a six-game winning streak, and held that lead for the rest of the season.


Regular season


Results


Standings


Playoffs


Stadium changes

* The
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moved from the Polo Grounds to Shea Stadium


Coaching changes


Offseason

*Houston Oilers: Pop Ivy was fired and replaced by Sammy Baugh.


In-season

*Denver Broncos: Jack Faulkner was fired after four games. Mac Speedie was named as replacement.


References


External links


Football Database
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