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FIRST YEAR IN THE HEART OF AMERICA

12/15/12

Author: Bob Moore | Posted on: 12/15/12

The Chiefs ended their first year in Kansas City with a blow-out of the New York Jets, 48-0 at Municipal Stadium, ending on a disappointing season (5-7-2) on a positive note.  For the afternoon, the Jets made it into Chiefs territory just four times and only once inside the 20 yard line.

The win helped to erase a 17-0 loss to New York just three weeks prior – the franchise’s first shutout defeat in its four-year history.  Since that black day, however, Kansas City had exploded for 52, 35 and 48 points, an average of 45 points a game and had help its opponents to an average of just eight points per game.

These were still the early days of the AFL and with every season teams’ fortunes could change quickly.  San Diego had been 4-10 in 1962 and finished 11-3.  Oakland was 1-11, but came up with a 10-4 season.  Kansas City officials were hopeful especially after the way their team had finished up.

Firsts for the franchise included:

Most points: an AFL scoring mark with 59 points on the first day of the season as Len Dawson bcame the first Chiefs player to throw four touchdown passes in a game

Tops in TD’s:  Len Dawson finished as the AFL’s number touchdown passer for the second straight season

Pass completions:  Most completions in team history (231)

Punting Peaks:  Jerrel Wilson with an average of 43.8 yards per kick became the AFL’s top punter

Catching On:  Chris Burford with 68 receptions caught more passes than any Chiefs player before

Shut-out:  The Chiefs held three teams to no TD’s from scrimmage, tying a mark set in 1960

He’s Back: Hank Stram put an end to the speculation that he might take the Miami University head coaching job by asking the school’s president to withdraw his name from consideration.

Here was the team’s starting lineup for the final game of 1963:

LE Chris Burford

LT Jim Tyrer

LG Ed Budde

C Jon Gilliam

RG Al Reynolds

RT Dave Hill

TE Fred Arbanas

QB Len Dawson

LHB Curtis McClinton

FB Jack Spikes

FL Frank Jackson

LDE Bobby Bell

LT Buck Buchanan

RT Jerry Mays

RE Mel Branch

LLB E.J. Holub

MLB Sherrill Headrick

RLB Smokey Stover

LCB Duane wood

LS Bobby Hunt

RS Johnny Robinson

RCB Dave Grayson

K Jack Spikes

P Jerrel Wilson

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