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1965 San Diego Chargers

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9-2-3, Finished 1st in AFL West Division  · 1965 AFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.1, Offense: 2.1, Defense: 4.9, SoS: -1.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 340 points (24.3/g), 1st of 8 in the AFL. Allowed 227 points (16.2/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 113 points (8.1/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 10.1-3.9.

Coach: Sid Gillman (9-2-3)
 Other Notable Asst.: Chuck Noll (Defensive Assistant)

Stadium: Balboa Stadium
 Training Camp: TraveLodge (Escondido, California)

Team Info

Principal Owner Barron Hilton
Head Coach/General Manager Sid Gillman
Offensive Scheme Vertical
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 340 5101 914 5.6 39 13 14 268 203 401 3103 23 26 7.3 127 486 1998 12 4.1 127
Team Defense 227 3262 818 4.0 41 13 17 190 206 474 2168 17 28 4.2 118 306 1094 7 3.6 55
Lg Rank Offense 1 1 3 4 1 7 1 2 5 1 1 1 4 2
Lg Rank Defense 2 1 2 4 1 7 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 3

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat September 11 boxscore W 1-0 Denver Broncos 34 31 19 459 293 166 3 21 330 179 151 2
2 Sun September 19 boxscore W 2-0 @ Oakland Raiders 17 6 18 316 136 180 12 133 97 36 4
3 Sun September 26 boxscore T 2-0-1 Kansas City Chiefs 10 10 12 186 94 92 4 8 209 87 122 3
4 Sun October 3 boxscore W 3-0-1 Houston Oilers 31 14 26 493 222 271 12 193 146 47 1
5 Sun October 10 boxscore W 4-0-1 @ Buffalo Bills 34 3 18 458 369 89 2 8 150 93 57 6
6 Sun October 17 boxscore T 4-0-2 @ Boston Patriots 13 13 15 284 168 116 2 7 178 141 37 2
6 Sat October 23 boxscore W 5-0-2 @ New York Jets 34 9 17 342 190 152 2 15 301 222 79 4
8 Sun October 31 boxscore L 5-1-2 Boston Patriots 6 22 17 230 150 80 4 10 253 120 133 3
9 Sun November 7 boxscore W 6-1-2 @ Denver Broncos 35 21 21 440 264 176 2 22 276 202 74 3
10 Sun November 14 boxscore L 6-2-2 @ Kansas City Chiefs 7 31 14 330 252 78 7 14 278 129 149 2
11 Thu November 25 boxscore T 6-2-3 Buffalo Bills 20 20 23 361 309 52 5 13 241 194 47 3
12 Sat December 4 boxscore W 7-2-3 New York Jets 38 7 23 403 229 174 3 12 197 156 41 4
13 Sun December 12 boxscore W 8-2-3 @ Houston Oilers 37 26 18 361 136 225 2 13 221 202 19 2
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 9-2-3 Oakland Raiders 24 14 18 438 291 147 3 20 300 198 102 3
Playoffs
Championship Sun December 26 boxscore L 9-3-3 Buffalo Bills 0 23 12 223 119 104 2 23 260 152 108 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
21 John Hadl* 25 P/QB 14 14 9-2-3 174 348 50.0% 2798 20 5.7 21 6.0 85 8.0 6.5 16.1 199.9 71.3 2 2
15 Don Breaux 25 14 0 22 43 51.2% 404 2 4.7 4 9.3 66 9.4 6.1 18.4 28.9 60.6 0 1
23 Paul Lowe*+ 29 HB 14 0 3 4 75.0% 81 0 0.0 0 0.0 42 20.3 20.3 27.0 5.8 116.7
37 Gene Foster 23 FB 14 0 2 3 66.7% 31 0 0.0 0 0.0 21 10.3 10.3 15.5 2.2 100.7
22 Keith Lincoln* 26 10 0 2 3 66.7% 65 1 33.3 1 33.3 34 21.7 13.3 32.5 6.5 109.7
Team Total 25.0 14 9-2-3 203 401 50.6% 3379 23 5.7 26 6.5 85 8.4 6.7 16.6 241.4 71.5 2 3
Opp Total 14 206 474 43.5% 2480 17 3.6 28 5.9 5.2 3.29 12.0 177.1 47.4 38 312 4.2 2.4 7.4

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
23 Paul Lowe*+ 29 HB 14 0 222 1121 6 59 5.0 80.1 15.9 17 126 7.4 1 45 1.2 9.0 1247 7 2
37 Gene Foster 23 FB 14 0 121 469 2 22 3.9 33.5 8.6 17 199 11.7 0 23 1.2 14.2 668 2 2
22 Keith Lincoln* 26 10 0 74 302 3 24 4.1 30.2 7.4 23 376 16.3 4 66 2.3 37.6 678 7 0
32 Jim Allison 22 14 0 29 100 0 17 3.4 7.1 2.1 8 109 13.6 0 44 0.6 7.8 209 0 0
21 John Hadl* 25 P/QB 14 14 28 91 1 23 3.3 6.5 2.0 91 1 9
19 Lance Alworth*+ 25 FL 14 0 3 -12 0 -1 -4.0 -0.9 0.2 69 1602 23.2 14 85 4.9 114.4 1590 14 2
38 Jacque MacKinnon 27 14 0 3 17 0 9 5.7 1.2 0.2 6 106 17.7 0 38 0.4 7.6 123 0 0
88 Don Norton 27 SE 14 0 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -0.4 0.1 34 485 14.3 2 61 2.4 34.6 480 2 2
15 Don Breaux 25 14 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 -1 0 2
64 Pat Shea 26 8 0 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -0.6 0.1 -5 0 0
83 Dave Kocourek 28 TE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 28 363 13.0 2 29 2.0 25.9 363 2 0
81 Sammie Taylor 25 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 1.1 13 0 0
Team Total 25.0 14 483 2085 12 59 4.3 148.9 34.5 203 3379 16.6 23 85 14.5 241.4 5464 35 22
Opp Total 14 306 1094 7 3.6 78.1 21.9 206 2168 10.5 17 14.7 154.9 3262 24 24

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
45 Speedy Duncan* 23 KR/PR/RCB 14 0 30 464 2 66 15.5 26 612 0 46 23.5 1076
20 Miller Farr 22 3 0 7 123 0 24 17.6 123
37 Gene Foster 23 FB 14 0 5 108 0 36 21.6 776
33 Kenny Graham* 24 LS 14 0 5 36 0 12 7.2 36
32 Jim Allison 22 14 0 4 80 0 24 20.0 289
36 Dick Harris 28 14 0 3 8 0 7 2.7 1 15 0 15 15.0 23
26 Kern Carson 24 3 0 3 44 0 21 14.7 44
22 Keith Lincoln* 26 10 0 2 46 0 27 23.0 724
72 Gary Kirner 23 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
38 Jacque MacKinnon 27 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 123
Team Total 25.0 14 38 508 2 66 13.4 50 1028 0 46 20.6 7000
Opp Total 14 27 242 0 9.0 66 1410 0 21.4

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
35 Herb Travenio 32 K/LLB 14 0 10 10 7 4 5 3 7 1 1 30 18 60.0%% 40 40 100.0%%
21 John Hadl* 25 P/QB 14 14 38 1544 65 0 40.6
66 Rick Redman 22 10 0 29 1145 59 0 39.5
32 Jim Allison 22 14 0 2 72 39 0 36.0
47 Bud Whitehead 26 RS 14 0 1 40 40 0 40.0
Team Total 25.0 14 10 10 7 4 5 3 7 1 1 30 18 60.0%% 40 40 100.0%% 70 2801 65 0 40.0
Opp Total 14 34 16 47.1%% 25 25 100.0%% 80 3472 43.4

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
21 John Hadl* 25 P/QB 14 14 0 9 0 0 0
47 Bud Whitehead 26 RS 14 0 7 127 1 35 0
45 Speedy Duncan* 23 KR/PR/RCB 14 0 4 30 0 26 0 0 2 0 0 0
33 Kenny Graham* 24 LS 14 0 5 108 1 51 0
49 Jimmy Warren 26 LCB 14 0 5 43 0 26 0
19 Lance Alworth*+ 25 FL 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
15 Don Breaux 25 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
51 Dick Degen 23 12 0 2 6 0 6 0
37 Gene Foster 23 FB 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
23 Paul Lowe*+ 29 HB 14 0 0 2 0 0 1
88 Don Norton 27 SE 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
50 Chuck Allen 26 MLB 14 0 1 0 0 0 0
86 Earl Faison*+ 26 LDE 14 0 1 24 1 24 0
65 Sam Gruneisen 24 C 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
36 Dick Harris 28 14 0 1 0 0 0 0
66 Rick Redman 22 10 0 1 11 0 11 0
25 Dick Westmoreland 24 4 0 1 28 0 28 0
Team Total 25.0 14 28 377 3 51 0 0 22 0 0 1
Opp Total 14 27 24 11 2

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
35 Herb Travenio 32 K/LLB 14 0 40 18 94
19 Lance Alworth*+ 25 FL 14 0 14 14 84
23 Paul Lowe*+ 29 HB 14 0 6 1 1 8 48
22 Keith Lincoln* 26 10 0 3 4 7 42
45 Speedy Duncan* 23 KR/PR/RCB 14 0 2 2 12
37 Gene Foster 23 FB 14 0 2 2 12
83 Dave Kocourek 28 TE 14 0 2 2 12
88 Don Norton 27 SE 14 0 2 2 12
86 Earl Faison*+ 26 LDE 14 0 1 1 6
33 Kenny Graham* 24 LS 14 0 1 1 6
21 John Hadl* 25 P/QB 14 14 1 1 6
47 Bud Whitehead 26 RS 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.0 14 12 23 2 1 3 41 40 18 340
Opp Total 14 7 17 1 25 16 2 227

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1965-09-11 DEN W, 34-31 2 2 rush Gene Foster 2 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
2 1965-09-11 DEN W, 34-31 2 41 rush Paul Lowe 41 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
3 1965-09-11 DEN W, 34-31 2 17 rush Gene Foster 17 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
4 1965-09-11 DEN W, 34-31 4 38 pass Lance Alworth 38 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
5 1965-09-19 @ OAK W, 17-6 1 5 rush Paul Lowe 5 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
6 1965-09-19 @ OAK W, 17-6 4 25 pass Lance Alworth 25 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
7 1965-09-26 KAN T, 10-10 4 64 punt Speedy Duncan 64 yard punt return (Herb Travenio kick)
8 1965-10-03 HOU W, 31-14 2 69 pass Lance Alworth 69 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
9 1965-10-03 HOU W, 31-14 3 15 pass Dave Kocourek 15 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
10 1965-10-03 HOU W, 31-14 3 24 interception Earl Faison 24 yard interception return (Herb Travenio kick)
11 1965-10-03 HOU W, 31-14 4 57 pass Lance Alworth 57 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
12 1965-10-10 @ BUF W, 34-3 2 14 pass Lance Alworth 14 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
13 1965-10-10 @ BUF W, 34-3 2 8 pass Keith Lincoln 8 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
14 1965-10-10 @ BUF W, 34-3 3 52 pass Lance Alworth 52 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
15 1965-10-10 @ BUF W, 34-3 3 35 interception Bud Whitehead 35 yard interception return (Herb Travenio kick)
16 1965-10-17 @ BOS T, 13-13 2 85 pass Lance Alworth 85 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
17 1965-10-23 @ NYJ W, 34-9 2 8 rush Paul Lowe 8 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
18 1965-10-23 @ NYJ W, 34-9 3 2 pass Dave Kocourek 2 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
19 1965-10-23 @ NYJ W, 34-9 3 59 rush Paul Lowe 59 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
20 1965-10-23 @ NYJ W, 34-9 4 57 pass Lance Alworth 57 yard pass from Don Breaux (Herb Travenio kick)
21 1965-10-31 BOS L, 6-22 4 1 rush Keith Lincoln 1 yard rush (pass failed)
22 1965-11-07 @ DEN W, 35-21 2 6 pass Keith Lincoln 6 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
23 1965-11-07 @ DEN W, 35-21 2 66 pass Keith Lincoln 66 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
24 1965-11-07 @ DEN W, 35-21 3 34 pass Lance Alworth 34 yard pass from Keith Lincoln (Herb Travenio kick)
25 1965-11-07 @ DEN W, 35-21 4 45 pass Paul Lowe 45 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
26 1965-11-07 @ DEN W, 35-21 4 1 rush Keith Lincoln 1 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
27 1965-11-14 @ KAN L, 7-31 2 51 pass Lance Alworth 51 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
28 1965-11-25 BUF T, 20-20 2 6 rush Paul Lowe 6 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
29 1965-11-25 BUF T, 20-20 4 0 fumble Paul Lowe 0 yard fumble return (Herb Travenio kick)
30 1965-12-04 NYJ W, 38-7 2 1 rush Keith Lincoln 1 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
31 1965-12-04 NYJ W, 38-7 2 25 pass Keith Lincoln 25 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
32 1965-12-04 NYJ W, 38-7 3 51 interception Kenny Graham 51 yard interception return (Herb Travenio kick)
33 1965-12-04 NYJ W, 38-7 3 46 pass Lance Alworth 46 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
34 1965-12-04 NYJ W, 38-7 4 36 pass Lance Alworth 36 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
35 1965-12-12 @ HOU W, 37-26 1 63 punt Speedy Duncan 63 yard punt return (Herb Travenio kick)
36 1965-12-12 @ HOU W, 37-26 2 5 pass Lance Alworth 5 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
37 1965-12-12 @ HOU W, 37-26 4 1 rush John Hadl 1 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
38 1965-12-12 @ HOU W, 37-26 4 15 rush Paul Lowe 15 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
39 1965-12-19 OAK W, 24-14 2 22 pass Don Norton 22 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
40 1965-12-19 OAK W, 24-14 3 10 pass Don Norton 10 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
41 1965-12-19 OAK W, 24-14 4 66 pass Lance Alworth 66 yard pass from Don Breaux (Herb Travenio kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1965-09-11 DEN L, 31-34 1 2 rush Abner Haynes 2 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
2 1965-09-11 DEN L, 31-34 1 33 pass Bob Scarpitto 33 yard pass from Mickey Slaughter (Gary Kroner kick)
3 1965-09-11 DEN L, 31-34 4 29 pass Cookie Gilchrist 29 yard pass from Mickey Slaughter (Gary Kroner kick)
4 1965-09-11 DEN L, 31-34 4 13 pass Bob Scarpitto 13 yard pass from Mickey Slaughter (Gary Kroner kick)
5 1965-09-26 KAN T, 10-10 3 12 pass Otis Taylor 12 yard pass from Len Dawson (Tommy Brooker kick)
6 1965-10-03 HOU L, 14-31 4 9 pass Charley Hennigan 9 yard pass from Don Trull (George Blanda kick)
7 1965-10-03 HOU L, 14-31 4 7 rush Don Trull 7 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
8 1965-10-17 @ BOS T, 13-13 2 73 pass Ron Burton 73 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Gino Cappelletti kick)
9 1965-10-31 BOS W, 22-6 1 29 pass Gino Cappelletti 29 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Gino Cappelletti kick)
10 1965-10-31 BOS W, 22-6 4 46 pass Gino Cappelletti 46 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Gino Cappelletti kick)
11 1965-11-07 @ DEN L, 21-35 2 65 interception Nemiah Wilson 65 yard interception return (Gary Kroner kick)
12 1965-11-07 @ DEN L, 21-35 2 1 rush Abner Haynes 1 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
13 1965-11-07 @ DEN L, 21-35 3 1 rush Cookie Gilchrist 1 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
14 1965-11-14 @ KAN W, 31-7 1 1 rush Curtis McClinton 1 yard rush (Tommy Brooker kick)
15 1965-11-14 @ KAN W, 31-7 2 20 pass Chris Burford 20 yard pass from Len Dawson (Tommy Brooker kick)
16 1965-11-14 @ KAN W, 31-7 4 7 pass Curtis McClinton 7 yard pass from Len Dawson (Tommy Brooker kick)
17 1965-11-14 @ KAN W, 31-7 4 8 pass Mack Lee Hill 8 yard pass from Len Dawson (Tommy Brooker kick)
18 1965-11-25 BUF T, 20-20 1 6 pass Wray Carlton 6 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Pete Gogolak kick)
19 1965-11-25 BUF T, 20-20 3 1 rush Daryle Lamonica 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
20 1965-12-04 NYJ L, 7-38 3 21 pass Don Maynard 21 yard pass from Joe Namath (Jim Turner kick)
21 1965-12-12 @ HOU L, 26-37 2 10 pass Charley Hennigan 10 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
22 1965-12-12 @ HOU L, 26-37 3 30 pass Dick Compton 30 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
23 1965-12-12 @ HOU L, 26-37 4 9 pass Charley Hennigan 9 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
24 1965-12-19 OAK L, 14-24 1 4 pass Art Powell 4 yard pass from Tom Flores (Mike Mercer kick)
25 1965-12-19 OAK L, 14-24 2 1 rush Clem Daniels 1 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)