Kansas City Chiefs: Coldest games in Chiefs history

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Christian Okoye #35 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs fans are no stranger to cold weather, especially in the late season games and playoff games. What are the ten coldest games in Chiefs history?

With cold temperatures set to hit Kansas City just in time for the first ever AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium, it’s time to go back in time and revisit the ten coldest games ever in Kansas City Chiefs history.

Christopher Price tweeted out the coldest games in both Patriots and Chiefs history (citing Pro Football Reference) and so I thought I’d dive in deeper with the Chiefs’ coldest games. I went with the temperatures listed on that tweet, so for the ones that are “11.3”, 9.5″, etc, that’s where I got those numbers from.

Three of the ten coldest games took place since the turn of the millennium with the most recent cold game being in 2016. Not all of these games took place in Kansas City, as one was a road game. Let’s take a look at these freezing cold games!


DECEMBER 17, 1989 VS CHARGERS (11.3°)

In week 15 of the 1989 season, the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the San Diego Chargers and the temperature was a frigid 11 degrees (11.3 to be exact). This was Marty Schottenheimer‘s first year as the head coach in Kansas City and prior to this game, the Chiefs sat at 7-6-1 while the Chargers were 4-10.

Kansas City led 13-7 at half time, but the Chargers would mount a comeback. They held the Chiefs scoreless in the second half and went on to win 20-13. That dropped the Chiefs to 7-7-1 and bumped the Chargers up to 5-10 on the year.

Steve DeBerg was the Chiefs quarterback at the time, tossing 142 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Christian Okoye rushed for 60 yards while Todd McNair had 30 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

Chargers quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver threw for 171 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick while Marion Butts killed KC on the road to the tune of 176 rushing yards.

This chilly 11.3 degree day at Arrowhead is the tenth coldest game in Chiefs history.

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