The Boston Patriots played the first regular-season game in AFL history on Sept. 9, 1960 against the Denver Broncos at Boston University Field before 20,000 fans. The Patriots scored first on a 34-yard Gino Cappelletti field goal. Denver scored 13 unanswered points courtesy of a 59-yard catch-and-run for a score by Al Carmichael and a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown by Gene Mingo. Patriots defensive back Chuck Shonta returned an interception 60 yards to the Denver 10, which set up a Butch Songin-to-Jim Colclough touchdown pass to make it 13-10. The Patriots appeared poised to take the lead in the fourth quarter until Songin was intercepted at the Denver 2-yard-line. Boston never regained possession and despite beating Denver, 43-6, in the preseason, it dropped the opener to fall to 0-1 on its way to a 5-9 inaugural season. It was rumored that Denver head coach Frank Filchock, while on a walk from his team hotel the day before the opener, walked into the stadium to watch the Patriots practice and knew his opponent’s game plan. The Hall has a ticket stub and game program from the inaugural game on display along with the score sheet kept by Bill McDonough, later known by Will McDonough of the Boston Globe.
— The Hall presented by Raytheon Technologies (@TheHall) September 9, 2020
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