I now present the top five best and worst moments in Kansas City Chiefs’ History. A couple of moments that took place when the Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans were also included. I apologize for including the worst moments, but sometimes you have to take the bad with the good.
And now…..for the best…..
5. The Chiefs defeat the Buffalo Bills in the 1966 AFL Championship Game 31-7 at War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo, NY for the right to represent the AFL in the first-ever Super Bowl – January 1, 1967. The game would pit future Pro Football Hall of Famer and broadcast legend Len Dawson against future Congressman, H.U.D. Secretary and Vice Presidential and Presidential candidate Jack Kemp.
4. The Dallas Texans defeat the two-time defending AFL Champion Houston Oilers 20-17 in DOUBLE Overtime to win the AFL Championship at Jeppesen Stadium in Houston, TX. This game remains the longest championship game in pro football history and would be the last game the team would play as the Dallas Texans – December 23, 1962.
3. The Chiefs defeat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, LA. The last time an AFL team would take the field – January 11, 1970. The pre-merger Super Bowl matchups between the NFL and the AFL would end up being all squared at two victories apiece – January 11, 1970.
2. The Chiefs end a 50 year drought by defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rick Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL – February 2, 2020. This game has been touted by some as the moment that launched Patrick Mahomes to athletic and commercial superstardom.
And finally…..Number One!
1. Lamar Hunt announces he is moving the Dallas Texans to Kansas City where they would begin play as the Chiefs in 1963. Kansas City mayor H. Roe Bartle called on local businessmen to sell and take down payments on 35,000 season tickets. They made good on their promise in only eight weeks. In 1925, Mayor Bartle created the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, an honor camper program of the Boy Scouts of America. The “tribe” gave him the nickname of “Chief”. However the name came from a fan contest, but it could also be said that the team was maned after Bartle himself.
And now…..for the worst…..
As I said…..sometimes you just gotta take the bad with the good….
5. The Chiefs lose to the Packers 35-10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Colosseum in Super Bowl I. The Chiefs trailed only 14-10 at the half. The game was broadcast on two networks at the same time – CBS and NBC. One notable Chiefs player was Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, a Defensive Back out of Northwestern. He would become an actor after his playing days were done and his most famous role would that of Neurosurgeon Dr. Oliver Harmon “Spearchucker” Jones in the movie version of “M*A*S*H*” (1970) – January 15, 1967.
4. The Chiefs lose the AFC Championship to the Cincinnati Bengals 27-24 in Overtime. This game came on the heels of a thrilling overtime playoff win against the Buffalo Bills. Despite mounting a later charge, the Chiefs would be deprived of going to three Super Bowls in a row – January 30, 2022.
3. The Chiefs lose Super Bowl LV to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-9 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. An unhappy ending to the Chiefs’ quest to repeat as Super Bowl Champions as Patrick Mahomes played hurt. This was thought, at the time, to be Tom Brady’s last game – February 7, 2021.
2. The Chiefs lose to the Miami Dolphins 27-24 in TWO Overtimes in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City despite the fact that Ed Podolak racked up 350 all-purpose yards – STILL a postseason record. This was the longest game in NFL history – December 25, 1971.
And finally…..Number One!
1. The then-Dallas Texans lose to the then-Boston Patriots 28-21 at Nickerson Field on the campus of Boston University. A fan runs onto the field and bats away a potential game tying touchdown pass from Cotton Davidson to Chris Burford. The play went unseen by the officials. This was without a doubt the worst job of officiating in pro football history. This incident was very well documented on the HBO Sports documentary “Rebels With a Cause: The Story of the American Football League” – November 3, 1961.