1965 NFL playoffs

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The 1965 NFL playoffs determined the champion of the National Football League in professional American football. Although a single championship game between conference winners was the current format for the league, a tie in the Western Conference standings between the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Colts necessitated a divisional one-game playoff, the first in the league in seven years and the first in the Western conference since 1957.

Although the championship game was played in 1966 on January 2, it is recognized as part of the 1965 NFL season. It was the latest date for an NFL Championship Game to that point, and the first time in league history that the game was held after all of the college bowl games.

The Playoff Bowl (a consolation game between the conference runners-up) for the 1965 season took place in Miami on January 9, 1966. The Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys 35–3. This capped a season where the Western Conference won 15 out of 16 interconference games against the Eastern Conference, including the championship game and Playoff Bowl.

Tournament bracket

  Western Conference playoff
December 26
    NFL Championship
January 2, 1966
    E Cleveland Browns 12
  W Baltimore Colts 10     W Green Bay Packers 23
  W Green Bay Packers 13  

Western Conference playoff

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Colts 7 3 0 0 0 10
Packers 0 0 7 3 3 13

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 26, 1965
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. CST
  • Game attendance: 50,484
  • Referee: Norm Schachter

NFL Championship Game

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 9 3 0 0 12
Packers 7 6 7 3 23

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: January 2, 1966
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. CST
  • Game attendance: 50,852
  • Referee: George Rennix


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