1969 American Football League season
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|1969 American Football League season|
|Duration||September 14 –|
December 14, 1969
|Date||December 20, 1969|
|Eastern champion||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Western champion||Oakland Raiders|
|Site||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California|
|Champion||Kansas City Chiefs|
The 1969 American Football League season was the tenth and final regular season of the AFL. To honor the AFL's tenth season, a special anniversary logo was designed and each Kansas City Chiefs player wore a patch on his jersey with the logo during Super Bowl IV, the final AFL-NFL World Championship Game prior to the AFL–NFL merger.
In its final two years of existence the AFL had ten teams, grouped into two divisions. Each team played a home-and-away game against the other four teams in its division, a home-and-away series against one of the five teams in opposite division, and one game each against the remaining four teams from the opposite division. Using that format, the defending World Champion New York Jets went 10–0 against the five teams they played twice, but were 0–4 against the top four teams in the West.
For the 1969 season, a provision was made for a four team playoff to determine the AFL champion, the league's representative in the Super Bowl, with the #1 team in the division hosting the #2 team in the opposite division. The NFL also had a four team playoff, introduced in 1967, matching the winners of the Capitol and Century divisions, and the Coastal and Central divisions.
|Week||Eastern #1||Eastern #2||Western #1||Western #2|
|1||N.Y. Jets||1–0–0||Hou, Bos, Buf, Mia||0–1–0||Oak, KC, Den, Cin||1–0–0||Oak, KC, Den, Cin||1–0–0|
|2||Hou, NY||1–1–0||Hou, NY||1–1–0||Oak, KC, Den, Cin||2–0–0||Oak, KC, Den, Cin||2–0–0|
|3||Houston||2–1–0||NY, Buf||1–2–0||Oak, Cin||3–0–0||Oak, Cin||3–0–0|
|4||Houston||3–1–0||N.Y. Jets||2–2–0||Oakland||3–0–1||Kansas City||3–1–0|
|5||NY, Hou||3–2–0||NY, Hou||3–2–0||Oakland||4–0–1||Kansas City||4–1–0|
|6||N.Y. Jets||4–2–0||Houston||3–3–0||Oakland||5–0–1||Kansas City||5–1–0|
|7||N.Y. Jets||5–2–0||Houston||4–3–0||Oakland||6–0–1||Kansas City||6–1–0|
|8||N.Y. Jets||6–2–0||Houston||4–4–0||Kansas City||7–1–0||Oakland||6–1–1|
|9||N.Y. Jets||7–2–0||Houston||4–4–1||Kansas City||8–1–0||Oakland||7–1–1|
|10||N.Y. Jets||7–3–0||Houston||4–4–2||Kansas City||9–1–0||Oakland||8–1–1|
|11||N.Y. Jets||8–3–0||Houston||5–4–2||Oakland||9–1–1||Kansas City||9–2–0|
|12||N.Y. Jets||8–4–0||Houston||5–5–2||Oakland||10–1–1||Kansas City||10–2–0|
|13||N.Y. Jets||9–4–0||Houston||5–6–2||Oakland||11–1–1||Kansas City||11–2–0|
|14||N.Y. Jets||10–4–0||Houston||6–6–2||Oakland||12–1–1||Kansas City||11–3–0|
|Home/Road||Eastern Division||Western Division|
|New York Jets||23–17||16–6||26–17||34–31||40–7||16–34||14–27|
|Kansas City Chiefs||22–19||24–0||17–10||42–22||31–17||24–27||27–3|
|San Diego Chargers||28–18||45–6||34–27||21–14||45–24||9–27||12–24|
For its tenth and final season before merging with the NFL, the AFL instituted a four team playoff tournament with the second place teams in each division also participating.
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings of the AFL.
|Divisional Playoff Games||AFL Championship Game|
|December 20, 1969 – Shea Stadium|
|Kansas City Chiefs||13|
|January 4, 1970 –|
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
|New York Jets||6|
|Kansas City Chiefs||17|
|December 21, 1969 –|
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
- After six seasons at Fenway Park, the Boston Patriots moved to Alumni Stadium at Boston College in 1969.
- Boston Patriots: Mike Holovak was fired and replaced by Clive Rush.
- Buffalo Bills: John Rauch became the new Bills head coach after resigning from the Oakland Raiders. Joe Collier was fired after two games into the 1968 season, and defensive coordinator Harvey Johnson then served as interim head coach.
- Oakland Raiders: John Madden replaced John Rauch, who resigned to join the Bills.
- San Diego Chargers: Sid Gillman sat out five games due to health issues. Charlie Waller, the team's offensive backfield coach, served as interim.