Sunday, January 5, 2014
January 5, 1964: Keith Lincoln Carries The Chargers To A Title
To date, this is the only professional championship title that the City of San Diego has held. The 206 rushing yards was a playoff record at the time and it stood until Los Angeles Rams back Eric Dickerson rumbled for 248 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in 1986. Lincoln sits third on the list today, Miami Dolphins back Lamar Smith bested him by three yards in 2000 with a 209 yard effort in win against the Indianapolis Colts. With that said, no man other than Lincoln has ever come close to the all around performance that he produced in that title game in '64, the next closest contender in postseason yards from scrimmage was Minnesota's Anthony Carter who picked up 257 total yards in a 36-24 win over the 49ers. You can view the list here: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/yds_from_scrimmage_single_game_playoffs.htm That game by Lincoln was truly like no other. It was a surprise to many. The Patriots had allowed just 79 yards rushing per game during the regular season but on that day in San Diego they allowed 318 yards on the ground and gave up a grand total of 610 yards of total offense. This sparked a conversation about the NFL and the AFL potentially having a "World Series" of football. It was a notion that Pete Rozelle the commissioner of the NFL quickly shot down. Just three years later the Packers and the Chiefs would take the field in Super Bowl I.
Here's the box score: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/all_purpose_yds_single_game_playoffs.htm