1961 HOUSTON OILERS – Statis Pro Football – Match #2/14 – Houston Oilers at San Diego Chargers

Posted: February 6, 2022 in Houston Oilers, sport, Statis Pro Football

Box Office – Come September (Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobridgia)
Billboard #1 – Take Good Care of My Baby – Bobby Vee
UK #1 – Reach for the Stars/Climb Ev’ry Mountain – Shirley Bassey

San Diego prove too strong for Houston

The San Diego Chargers remain THE team in the AFL and the only unbeaten side as they came through a bruising encounter against Houston. The Oilers fresh from their bye week had fancied a first ever win against San Diego after thrashing of the pitiful Raiders but this encounter was an all together different affair. The game was one for the defensive purists despite large yardage figures being racked up by some players, but ultimately it came down to the San Diego defense and their ability to be in the right place at the right time. George Blanda was picked a career record 6 times which proved to be the difference between the two teams.

San Diego capitalised on 2 interceptions in the first quarter to run up a 14-3 lead that they seldom looked like giving up. Despite heroic Houston defense for the rest of the game limiting their opponents to a single field goal success, the offensive unit rarely threatened apart from a 61 yard draw play by Billy Cannon who racked up a record haul for the second game in succession. The Oilers, struggling to drive out of their own territory had to settle more often than not for speculative long range field goal attempts. In this discipline at least Blanda did excel but his passing was wayward, particularly early in the game. He ended the day on a career high 217 yards as well as registering an enormous record breaking 55 yard field goal but these records will be scant consolation for the veteran QB.

 Houston travel next week to Dallas for the crunch Texas derby game.

24 Sep 1961 – At Balboa Stadium, San Diego.
Att.32.455 – Weather – Fair
q1q2q3q4Score
Houston Oilers30339
San Diego Chargers1403017
Real Life Houston 24 San Diego 34

q1 12:10 – SD – Paul Lowe HB0 – 3 run (George Blair kick)

q1 07:35 – HO – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 23 kick

q1 00:10 – SD – Don Norton LE1 – 14 pass (George Blair kick)

q3 12:45 – SD – George Blair PK/DB – 31 kick

q3 00:20 – HO – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 55 kick

q4 10:25 – HO – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 44 kick

Billy Cannon taking on 3 defenders

Player PASSINGAtt.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.Sck
George Blanda QBA5/PK401521737.5%060
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Hennigan FL035719.0240
Bill Groman LE234615.3230
Claude King HB423618.0190
Billy Cannon HB023015.0170
Willard Dewveall SE422412.0160
John White RE322311.5180
Charley Tolar FB1111.010

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Billy Cannon HB0221476.7610
Charley Tolar FB1530.650
George Blanda QBA5/PK200.000
Dave Smith FB31-2-2.0-20

Eastern ConferenceWLT
NEW YORK TITANS210
BOSTON PATRIOTS210
HOUSTON OILERS110
BUFFALO BILLS120
Western ConferenceWLT
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 300
DALLAS TEXANS110
DENVER BRONCOS120
OAKLAND RAIDERS 030

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