KC Chiefs: Top 5 Regular Season Games In Team History

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Oct 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; A Kansas City Chiefs helmet on the sidelines against the Oakland Raiders in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 24-7. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The KC Chiefs are one of the oldest franchises in league history, and with that has come a ton of legendary football games.

During the 1960′s, the Chiefs weren’t only at the beginning stages of their existence but, we’re also one of the best franchises in pro-football. During the 70′s and 80′s, not so much. Matter of fact, from 1970-1979, the Chiefs posted a record of 60-79, including three consecutive seasons with just five wins. From 1980-1989, they posted a record of 58-76, giving the Chiefs two decades of losing football. (source Footballdb.com)

My pops used to talk about how you couldn’t give Chiefs tickets away back then, mind you that the Royals were in the pinnacle of their existence as well.

Though this article has started a bit negative, my point is that, even through the bad times, the Chiefs have given us some memorable football games and today, were counting down the top five regular season games in history.

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  • Jim Wynne

    That Montana elway game was and always will be my favorite until we win a super bowl cool hand Joe was just what our CHIEFS needed

  • Leigh Oleszczak

    I didn’t start really getting into football until the mid 2000s so I can’t contribute a whole lot to the older days. I will, however, say that the Halloween game against the Chargers in 2011 is probably my favorite Chiefs game ever. I was watching at a friend’s house and we all went NUTS when Rivers fumbled the snap. Crazy stuff.

    • John Viril

      Honestly, Leigh, you’ve missed all of the games that made Arrowhead a legendary venue. Most of those happened from the Schottenheimer era to the 2003 season.

  • John Viril

    Yeah. There’s a whole lot of other possibles.

    1) Denver at KC, 1997. Pete Stoyanovich hits a 54 yard field goal as time expires to give the Chiefs a win on a national televised game.

    2) Bills at KC 1997. Bills have 4 downs inside the chiefs 5 yard line to win the game. Gunther Cunningham sends 4 straight blitzes at the young Bills QB Todd Collins (and future KC backup). Arrowhead was so loud you couldn’t think straight. The wall of noise was overwhelming and you could see it unnerve the Bills.

    3) Raiders at KC 1995. Raiders are driving for the winning score (in OT I believe) when James Hasty picked off a pass and returns it for a TD. Arrowhead explodes. The team piles on James Hasty in the end zone and Marty Schottenheimer kisses Hasty’s bald head in the celebration

    4) S.F. at KC, Joe Montana schools his former backup in S.F. with a win over the Steve Young led 49ers. S.F. went on to win the Super Bowl that year, but a rather bitter Steve Young—who had hated sitting behind Montana in S.F.—ruefully admitted that “Joe was still the master” after the game.

    5) Atlanta vs. KC 2004. The Chiefs smash the Falcons for a NFL record 8 rushing TDs.

    6) Ravens vs. KC 2004, On a nationally televised game, the Chiefs offensive line dominated the defensive minded Ravens so badly that cameras caught Raven’s legend Ray Lewis crying that he was being double teamed. Replays showed him getting mashed multiple times by single blockers, including Chiefs guard Will Shields. The Chiefs put up 200 yds rushing on the day.

    7) Chiefs vs. Steelers 1986, the Chiefs made multiple special teams plays, including a key blocked field goal by Chiefs corner Albert Lewis, to pull off a narrow win with little offense (despite scoring 24 pts). The win put the Chiefs in the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.

    8) Rams at KC, 2000. The Rams came into the game undefeated at 6-0. They were the defending Super Bowl champs and on pace to set all kinds of NFL records on offense. They were considered unstoppable. The Chiefs battered Kurt Warner early and picked him off when Gunther Cunningham lined up James Hasty at linebacker to handle the Rams beloved crossing routes. The Chiefs won 54-31 when the normally conservative Chiefs mercilessly aired it out against the Rams small corners matched up against the Chiefs big receivers.

    The game was significant in that the Chiefs broke Warner’s hand, an injury that eventually cost him his job in St. Louis a number of years later. Trent Green took over for the Rams, showing that he had the stuff to lead a Ram’s style offense. Dick Vermeil traded a 1st round pick for him the following season to bring him to KC.

    9) KC at Green Bay, 2003. Trent Green outdueled Brett Favre at Lambeau Field by hitting a 50 yard bomb to Eddie Kennison in OT. Chiefs remained undefeated at 5-0. I believe Dante Hall also had a return TD.

    10) SD at KC, 1995. On October 9th, 1995, in a home Monday Night Football game against the San Diego Chargers,
    Tamarick Vanover returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown, to win the game for
    the Chiefs, 29-23 in overtime. It was the first time in NFL history that
    a game had been won, in overtime, on a punt return for a touchdown.