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The 1965
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season was the sixth
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of the American Football League. The season also saw a change of television address as the games moved from ABC to
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. The season ended when the
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defeated the
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in the AFL Championship game. The next season, the AFL would join the NFL to form the AFL-NFL World Championship game, known today as the
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.


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. There was little drama in either of the AFL's division races in 1965. The Bills led the Eastern Division from start to finish, ending five games ahead of the 5–8–1 Jets. In the Western Division, San Diego had three potential wins cancelled out when they were tied by Kansas City (10–10), Boston (13–13) and Buffalo (20–20), but their 9–2–3 finish (.818) was well ahead of Oakland's 8–5–1 record (.615).


Regular season


Results


Standings


Playoffs


Stadium changes

* The
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moved from
Jeppensen Stadium
Jeppensen Stadium
to Rice Stadium


Coaching changes

*
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: Mac Speedie began his first full season. He replaced Jack Faulkner after four games into the 1964 season. *
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:
Sammy Baugh Samuel Adrian Baugh (March 17, 1914 – December 17, 2008) was an American professional American football, football player and coach. During his college and professional careers, he most notably played quarterback, but also played as a defe ...
was fired and replaced by Hugh Taylor.


External links


Football Database
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