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|50 Years Later, the AFL's Joke is on Everyone Else
|BOSTON (AP) -- The AFL turns 50 this week.
The first game of the American Football League -- the one that helped usher in the modern NFL -- was Sept. 9, 1960. That's 50 years ago Thursday.
The game between the Boston Patriots and Denver Broncos took place at Boston University Field in front of 21,597 fans.
Gino Cappelletti had the league's first points -- a 34-yard field goal in the first quarter. But the Broncos went on to win 13-10 thanks to a 59-yard touchdown pass from Frank Tripucka to Al Carmichel and Gene Mingo's 76-yard punt return TD.
The new league's owners called themselves "The Foolish Club" for taking on the NFL after several other leagues had failed. But they landed a big TV contract and forced a merger with the bigger league.
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