1961 HOUSTON OILERS – Statis Pro Football – AFL Championship match – Houston Oilers at San Diego Chargers

Posted: June 30, 2022 in Houston Oilers, sport, Statis Pro Football

Box Office – West Side Story (Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, George Chakiris)
Billboard #1 – The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens
UK #1 – Tower of Strength – Frankie Vaughn
Sport Personality of the Year – Stirling Moss – Formula 1
International Sport Personality – Valeriy Brumel USSR – Athletics, High Jump

Cannon’s 225 yd haul not enough to stop Chargers

Billy Cannon’s combined rushing and receiving haul of 225yds in the AFL Championship was still not enough to earn the Oilers a victory at Balboa Stadium. Fans of both sides hoping for some festive cheer with a high scoring game may have been disappointed with the fare on offer as both teams defenses put in strong performances managing to stifle their opponents drives when it mattered, a classic case of “bend not break“. Oilers half-back Billy Cannon and Chargers RB’s Bo Roberson and Paul Lowe were busiest trying to find a weakness in their opponents line. Although racking up impressive personal yardage tallies, more often than not the drives ended shy of scoring opportunity through a turnover or inability to make the requisite 10 yards on crucial 3rd downs. The Chargers in the end won by making the most of the slim pickings on offer while the Oilers were more wasteful. Blanda’s 3 missed field goals added to the pressure as the game went on and a San Diego hold on 4th down proved decisive in the 4th quarter. At the final whistle, the Chargers probably just deserved the victory.

Houston will still reflect on what has been an excellent season and despite falling short at the last hurdle, the players can hold their heads high when they return to Texas. The future bodes well for the team and fans should to look forward to 1962 with confidence.

24 Dec 1961 – At Balboa Stadium, San Diego.
Att. 34,000 – Weather – Fair
Houston Oilers07007
San Diego Chargers737017
Real Life Houston 10 San Diego 3

q1 12:10 – SD – Bo Roberson HB2 – 4 run (George Blair kick)

q2 13:45 – HO – Charley Tolar FB1 – 8 run (George Blanda kick)

q2 00:45 – SD – George Blair PK/DB – 43 kick

q3 08:20 – SD – Paul Lowe HB0 – 1 run (George Blair kick)

Above – Billy Cannon Houston’s record breaking Half-Back
Below – Action from the game at Balboa Stadium

Player PASSINGAtt.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.SckRating
George Blanda QBA5/PK342020258.8%02051.40
Charley Hennigan FL058016.0260
Billy Cannon HB08789.8190
Charley Tolar FB13217.0120
Bob McLeod RE3(2)2126.060
Willard Dewveall RE4(3)2115.560
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Billy Cannon HB0311474.7140
Charley Tolar FB13103.381
Claude King HB4122.020
George Blanda QBA5/PK3-1-0.320
numbers in bold indicate personal best

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