Week 6 of the AFL will feature the 4-0 New York Jets hosting the 2-2 San Diego Chargers. Clear skies here at Shea Stadium as New York prepares to kickoff. John Hadl threw the Chargers with short passes down to within scoring range but the Chargers had to settle for a field goal attempt, here is the call: From the 26 … the football will be spotted at the New York 33 yard line and the Chargers are looking at a 33 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Dick Van Raaphorst with the kick … … AND IT HITS THE CROSS BAR … AND BOUNCES STRAIGHT BACK TO THE 5 YARD LINE … NO GOOD !! … … the Chargers come within inches of taking the lead … the score remains … New York 0 … and San Diego 0.
The first quarter has been all Chargers as they once again drive the length of the field but had to settle for another field goal attempt, the call: From the 16 … the football will be spotted at the New York 23 yard line and the Chargers are looking at a 23 yard field goal attempt … … … and Dick Van Raaphorst’s field goal from 23 yards … … IS IN THERE … IT’S GOOD !! … and that will give the Chargers the lead … it’s now 3-0 for San Diego with 5:54 to go in quarter one. Quarter one draws to a close with the Jets sitting on the 1 yard line of San Diego with a 3rd and 1 situation.
Emerson Boozer plows into the line and pushes the pile into the end zone as the Jets take the lead 7-3 with 14:45 left in half number one.Verlon Biggs drops Hadl for a 5 yard loss forcing another San Diego field goal attempt, this one is from the 32 of N.Y. the call: From the 32 … the football will be spotted at the New York 39 yard line and the Chargers are looking at a 39 yard field goal attempt … … … and here is Dick Van Raaphorst’s field goal from 39 yards … … IT’S THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS … and the Chargers cut into the Jets lead … it’s now 7-6 for New York. Half way through the second quarter New York recovers a botched punt attempt by the Chargers at the 20 yard line of San Diego. Namath found George Sauer for a big gain: Joe Namath … short and over the middle to George Sauer at the San Diego 12 … and George Sauer makes some good moves until tackled at the San Diego 1 yard line … a pickup of 19 yards … it’s now 1st and goal from the San Diego 1. Matt Snell takes the hand off from Joe right up the gut for the touchdown! Jets are up on the Chargers 14 to 6. New York gets another turnover, this time it’s a fumble recovered by Verlon Biggs 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Jets have the football at the 16 of San Diego with 5:22 to go. Boozer gets the call on the first down play and burst through the line for 15yards! Boozer slams into the end zone for his second TD of the game, Jets are starting to run away with it, 21 to 6. At the half the Jets have a solid lead in this ball game.
The 3rd quarter has been a back and forth punt duel until John Hadl put together a long drive all the way to the Jets 4 yard line. San Diego had to settle for another field goal to draw a little, Jets 21 Chargers 9. New York will punt to start the final period of play. With 9:55 to play John Hadl connected with Jacque MacKinnon for a 75 yard touchdown pass, extra point is good and the Chargers have closed the gap to five points. Emerson Boozer takes the ensuing kickoff back 77 yards to the San Diego16! Boozer does it all for the Jets. Broadway Joe runs a play action to Boozer and flipped a little swing pass out to Snell and he walked into the end zone untouched, Jets 28 Chargers 16 with eight minutes to go in the contest. Both teams have come alive here in the 4th quarter as John Hadl throws his second TD pass, this goes to Lance Alworth for an 80 yard catch and run! Hadl is now 20 of 29 for 271 yards an d2 TD’s, San Diego is playing hard this afternoon.
Boozer rips off another big run on 1st down, 26 yards to the Jets 38. The defenses on both teams seem to have disappeared here in the 4th quarter. John Hadl is just playing out of his mind, on a 3rd and 25 from their own 5 yard line Hadl found Gary Garrison for a big play, the call: John Hadl puts a man-in-motion … takes the snap … throws a dart to Gary Garrison at the San Diego 16 … and Gary Garrison is tackled at the San Diego 31 yard line … a pick up of 26 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the San Diego 31. Down by 5 with 2:55 left and all three timeouts, San Diego is in prime position to knock off the Jets. Another great pass from Hadl: John Hadl … being chased to the sideline … heaves it down-field … caught by Gary Garrison … and he’s spanked out-of-bounds at the San Diego 44 yard line … a pick up of 13 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the San Diego 44. New York’s Gerry Philbin comes up with a big sack: John Hadl … getting flushed out of the pocket … and he’s sacked by Gerry Philbin … and that’s a loss of 6 yards … San Diego is looking at 3rd and 8 from their own 46 after that sack. Hadl goes down again, back to back sacks by the Jets: John Hadl … getting flushed out of the pocket … and he’s sacked by Al Atkinson … and that’s a loss of 1 yard … the Chargers now face a 4th and 9 from the San Diego 45. This could be the final play for the Chargers as they face 4th and 9 with 1:30 to go. Hadl flashed his thunder bolt once: John Hadl lofts it down-field to Lance Alworth … caught between two-defenders … and he’s squashed at the New York 42 yard line … a pick up of 13 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the New York 42. San Diego is facing another 4th down with 4 yards to go, they have to score a touchdown to win it, just 30 seconds left on the game clock. Hadl throws a bullet to Alworth: John Hadl … a delayed screen to Lance Alworth at the New York 35 … in need of a block … but doesn’t get it as he’s hauled down at the New York 23 yard line … a pick up of 13 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the New York 23. San Diego has just 18 seconds and 2 timeouts left, two shots at the end zone tops. Hadl to his tight end for eight more yards, Chargers call a timeout. One shot left for the Chargers unless there is a defensive penalty: New York showing blitz … … now they back off … John Hadl … throws to Lance Alworth … and it’s knocked away by New York … the Jets read that play well … … And that does it … the final score … the New York Jets 28 and the San Diego Chargers 23.
Actual Score: San Diego 16 at New York 17
APBA Replay Score: San Diego 23 at New York 28