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1968 Game 11 — JETS 37, Chargers 15

Posted by Randy Lange on October 24, 2008 – 9:36 am

This is the 11th in a series of Radar entries on the 16 games of the Jets’ 1968 Super Bowl III season:    

Sunday, Nov. 24, 1968    

San Diego Stadium, San Diego, Calif. (51,175)

Four Jets interceptions stifled the Chargers’ efforts to reverse an earlier decision, and Joe Namath moved the New Yorkers into a 27-7 halftime lead they never relinquished. Jim Turner’s three field goals boosted his total to 31, passing pro football’s single-season record. One of Namath’s touchdown passes, to Don Maynard for 87 yards, was the longest in club history. (Rookie in CAPS below.)

  1 2   3   4 Tot
 JETS (8-3) 10 17   3   7 37
 San Diego Chargers (8-3) 0   7   0   8 15
Qtr Team Scoring Play
1 NYJ Jim Turner 13 FG
1 NYJ Don Maynard 87 pass from Joe Namath (Turner kick)
2 NYJ Matt Snell 3 run (Turner kick)
2 NYJ Turner 20 FG
2 SD Speedy Duncan 95 punt return (DENNIS PARTEE kick)
2 NYJ Bill Mathis 19 pass from Namath (Turner kick)
3 NYJ Turner 23 FG
4 NYJ Mathis 1 run (Turner kick)
4 SD Jacque MacKinnon 3 pass from John Hadl (MacKinnon pass fr. Hadl)

Game Trivia

â–  For the third time in 1968 and the seventh and final time in their time together, Maynard (166) and George Sauer (124) had 100-plus receiving yards in the same game.

â–  The Jets rolled to 510 yards and outgained the Chargers by 275 yards. Both were the top figures for the Green & White in the 1968 season.

â–  Leslie Herbert "Speedy" Duncan’s 95-yard punt-return TD was the longest PR of his 11-year pro career and remains the longest punt-return score by an opponent in Jets franchise history.

Quotes Now

RLB Larry Grantham: “You always look at your record before your next game and try to decide where you stand in your division and what you have to do to win the division, because that’s the way you get to the playoffs. So we realized we’d better turn it on. It was a big win for us at that particular time.”

RB Emerson Boozer: “The Chargers game was about getting back in the winning column. We knew what we had to do. We just gave one away down in Oakland and we had to win in San Diego.”

C John Schmitt: “If we lost that game in San Diego, it was over. But that was the turning point.”

Quotes Then

Head coach Weeb Ewbank: “Snell is one of the best pass blockers I’ve ever seen. He’s on a level with Cookie Gilchrist and Marion Motley.”

Chargers head coach Sid Gillman: “The way Namath threw today, he could beat anybody.”

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10 Responses to “1968 Game 11 — JETS 37, Chargers 15”

  1. By Ira on Oct 24, 2008 | Reply

    Randy, These old AFL games were the best. The players were almost normal sized people too. Maynard looks like a skinny little kid but he was one of the best. Loved the pics from the Yale Bowl. I remember being there for that preseason game vs the Giants. And that battle punt return was classic. Guess i am just showing my young old age.

  2. By mike ex jet fan on Oct 24, 2008 | Reply

    Hey all u mike ex fan haters .. Let me say this… last year Giant fans did all they could to run there coach out of town on a rail .. HOW that work out ?????

  3. By uncle joe on Oct 24, 2008 | Reply

    Hey Randy,who was the reporter(Dan who)at Mangini’s conference?He got his 2 minutes of fame.I’ll say it this way,HE IS SUCH A GOOD REPORTER,MIGHT BE THE BEST EVER.Does he think Jets don’t get specific just to tick the media off?Mangini feels it would give the other team an advantage,case closed.And commenters who say his addresses are boring,should he preach like Herm?,that seems to be doing well!

  4. By mike ex jet fan on Oct 24, 2008 | Reply

    Cont. Giants coach .. Hopefully history will repeat it self… I know if my job was on the line I would do everything in my power to correct the problem .. Seems his demeanor never fluctuate

  5. By Randy Lange on Oct 24, 2008 | Reply

    The reporter in question was Dan Leberfeld of Jets Confidential and Sirius NFL Radio.

  6. By mike ex jet fan on Oct 24, 2008 | Reply

    Uncle Joe… No we don’t want mangini 2 preach he needs to show emotion fire get mad get these pros’s & his coaches to understand the natives are restless … Being evasive is all he does well good or bad .. Oh * don’t worry won’t hold that spelling error against u I’m better then that

  7. By Drew on Oct 24, 2008 | Reply

    Hey Randy….What happened with Dan Leberfeld?? Did he get into it with Mangini? Uncle Joe??

  8. By mike ex jet fan on Oct 24, 2008 | Reply

    Cont, Brad Smith .. I understand it’s hard to juggle players with limited spots but he’s been here & earned his stripes .. Surely be4 rookies is what I’m saying.. .Altimitly we’ll end up with the same scenario as Kendell & baker .. Feel the same way about Leon but hes to good as PR-KR so I understand that logic.. Time u utilize all the guy’s let them know always some1 waiting in the wings.

  9. By CaneJet on Oct 25, 2008 | Reply

    You know a lot of the photos in the slide show aren’t from 1968, right?

  10. By Randy Lange on Oct 25, 2008 | Reply

    Yes, we do. Some are photos from other seasons of the players who were a part of the Super Bowl III team. Sorry for any confusion.

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