Special Sub-Topic: The AFL 1960-1969
|Who won the first AFL Championship?|
Houston Oilers. The Oilers, led by quarterback George Blanda, defeated the LA Chargers 24-16.
|Who won the only AFL Championship game that went into overtime?|
Dallas Texans. The Texans (they became the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963) ended Houston's two year reign by beating the Oilers 20-17 for the 1962 championship.
|Who was the first player that started his career in the AFL to be elected to the pro football hall of fame?|
Lance Alworth. Alworth was a star receiver for the Chargers from 1962 to 1970.
|The original 8 AFL teams: when the Houston Oilers moved to Tennesse in 1997, they became the _____ of the original 8 AFL teams to change either its city or franchise name?|
6th. The name changes were: the LA Chargers became the San Diego Chargers in 1963, the Oakland Raiders were the LA Raiders from 1982 to 1994, the Dallas Texans became the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963, the New York Titans became the New York Jets in 1963, the Boston Patriots became the New England Patriots in 1971, and the Houston Oilers became the Tennessee Oilers in 1997 (then the Tennesse Titans in 1999). The other two original 8 AFL teams were the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills, whose names remained unchanged.
|What franchise won the most AFL Championships?|
Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs. The Texans/Chiefs won the title in 1962, 1966, and 1969. The Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills each won 2 titles, while the Chargers, Raiders, and Jets each won 1.
|What franchise appeared in the most AFL Championship games?|
Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers. The Chargers appeared in 5 of the 10 AFL Championship games (and 5 of the first 6). They lost in 1960, 61, 64, and 65 and won it in 1963.
|Which of the following rules was different in the AFL vs. the NFL?|
2 point conversions were allowed after touchdowns. The AFL allowed the option of going for 2 points after touchdowns. This rule was not adopted by the NFL until 1994.
|While Joe Namath was famous for "guaranteeing" that the Jets would beat the Colts in Super Bowl III, the MVP of the game was actually Jets running back Matt Snell.|
False. While a case could be made for Snell, who gained 121 yards and scored the Jets only touchdown, Namath did indeed earn the MVP award.
|What was the first expansion team added to the AFL to give it 9 teams?|
Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins were added in 1966. The Bengals joined 1 year later, and then the NFL-AFL merger took place in 1970. Atlanta was added to the NFL in 1966, and Seattle came along in 1976.
|Who holds the AFL record for rushing yards in a season?|
Jim Nance. The Patriots' Nance set the record in 1966 with 1,458 yards, breaking the Chargers' Paul Lowe's record.
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