Kansas City Chiefs: Historically Bad on Sunday Night Football

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Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked by Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 29-16. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked – Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Pittsburgh for their first primetime game of the year. The Chiefs have not fared well on Sunday Night Football since NBC acquired the rights of the biggest game of the week.

Before the 2006 season, Monday Night Football was all the rage. That was typically when you’d see the best game of the week, but 2006 was a new era in the NFL.

NBC began airing Sunday Night Football and that became the “hottest” game of the week. Now, Monday Night Football typically plays host to pretty bad match-ups.

Since the current format of Sunday Night Football began a decade ago, the KC Chiefs have not won a game on Sunday night. They’ve gone 0-4 and usually, don’t even make it look close.

This year, the Kansas City Chiefs will have two opportunities to prove themselves on Sunday Night Football, and the first will take place this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Let’s take a look back at all of the Chiefs action on Sunday Night Football over the last ten years, starting with the most recent.

November 30th, 2014 VS Denver Broncos (Chiefs lost 29-16)

On a cold night at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs got embarrassed by AFC West rival Denver on their home turf. Denver took an early 14-point lead and never looked back.

The Broncos had their fair share of chances to put this game away early, but the Kansas City defense came to life after those first two Denver possessions. Once again, it was the Chiefs offense that held them back in this one, and they dropped to the Broncos, yet again.

Kansas City finished 2014 with a 9-7 record and barely missed the postseason. They had a 2015 Sunday Night Football game scheduled, but it was flexed out for Arizona/Cincinnati. That game would have been against the Chargers in San Diego.

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