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Chiefs Destroy Jets in Kansas City

Dec. 22, 1963 - Lenny Dawson threw 4 touchdown passes today to lead the Chiefs to a 48-0 rout of the New York Jets in an AFL game played in 9-degree temperatures before a turnout of 12,202 at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. It was the final game of the season for both teams and the third victory in a row for the defending champion Chiefs. Kansas City, who lost an earlier game to the Jets, finished third in the Western Division with a 5-7-2 record. The Jets, who finished last in the Eastern Division with a 5-8-1 mark, absorbed their first shutout in the AFL. Dawson completed 13 of 20 passes for 222 yards. His four touchdown passes increased his total for the season to 26, high in the AFL. His scoring aerials today went for 82 yards to Frank Jackson, 15 yards to Jack Spikes, 11 yards to Dick Johnson, and 46 yards to Abner Haynes. Kansas City’s defense was almost as outstanding as its offense. The inept Jets, who were playing without the services of their No. 1 quarterback, Dick Wood, rarely moved on offense. They had one shot at scoring late in the second quarter when they drove from their 16 to the Chiefs’ four before quarterback Galen Hall fumbled on a rollout. All in all, the Chiefs intercepted three Jet passes and recovered four fumbles. Jerry Mays, a defensive tackle turned one of the fumble recoveries into a touchdown. Kansas City’s five touchdown passes tied the club’s single-game record. The Chief’s fourth touchdown, the 11-yard pass to Johnson, was Johnson’s first AFL touchdown. Mays’s score on the fumble recovery was also the lineman’s first touchdown.


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