Another Rematch

The NFC Championship Game is a rematch of the 1961 and 1962 NFL Championship Games as the Packers look to beat the Giants for the third straight time.  We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that Sunday’s AFC Championship Game is a rematch of the 1963 AFL Championship Game when the San Diego Chargers beat the Boston Patriots 51-10.

Keith Lincoln was the star performer of that game.  He rushed for 206 yards, had 143 yards receiving and threw a 20 yard touchdown pass in the rout, played at Balboa Stadium in San Diego.  In the 10 year history of the AFL, the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers played in five AFL title games, winning once.  Tobin Rote was the Charger QB, throwing two touchdown passes. 

The next year, the Chargers played the Buffalo Bills for the AFL title and Lincoln suffered a broken rib when he was flattened by Bufffalo linebacker Mike Stratton.  Linclon did not return to the game and Buffalo won 20-7 in Buffalo. 

The 1965 AFL Championship was a rematch as the Bills played the Chargers in San Diego, and the Bills once again routed San Diego at Balboa Stadium, 23-0.


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