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Jets’ Win Streak Halted, Tie Broncos 35-35

Oct. 26, 1963 - The New York Jets failed to extend their Polo Grounds win streak to four games tonight and had to settle for a 35-35 tie against the Denver Broncos. A paying crowd of 20,377, the largest ever to attend an AFL game in New York in the four seasons of the league’s existence, saw Dick Wood of the Jets and Mickey Slaughter (pictured) of the Broncos put on a passing duel. Wood threw four touchdown strikes, three of them to Don Maynard, the speedy flanker back. Slaughter, substituting for the injured John McCormick, had three scoring passes. But in the end, it was a costly miscue by Dick Christy that cost the Jets the triumph. Denver, stopped on downs at its 24, had punted to the New York 6. The Jets, leading by a touchdown at that point, needed running room and called upon Christy, who had performed running heroics all night. But on the first play, Christy fumbled. Bob Zeman, a defensive back, recovered for Denver on the 6. It took Don Stone, a 205-pound halfback, one burst off his right tackle to score. Gene Mingo’s fifth conversion brought the Broncos even with 1 minute 53 seconds to play. The Broncos narrowly missed victory when Mingo’s 43-yard field goal attempt with 18 seconds left went wide.

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