Broncos–Chiefs rivalry

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Broncos–Chiefs
Teams involved Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs
First contested October 30, 1960
Dallas Texans 17, Denver Broncos 14
Number of meetings 110 (including the playoffs)
Most recent meeting November 30, 2014
Broncos 29, Chiefs 16
Next meeting TBD 2015
All-time series The Chiefs lead 56–54 (including the playoffs)
Postseason results

The Broncos lead 1–0

  • January 4, 1998: Broncos 14, Chiefs 10
Largest victory Broncos: 38–3 (2012);
Chiefs: 59–7 (1963)
Longest win streak Broncos: 8 (1976–79);
Chiefs: 11 (1964–69)
Current win streak Broncos: 6 wins (2012–present)
Playoff and Championship success

AFL Championships (3) (1960–69)

Super Bowl Championships (3)
AFL Western Division Championships (2)
(1960–69)
AFC West Divisional Championships (20) (1970–present)
AFC Wild Card Berths (14) (1970–present)
Super Bowl Appearances (9)

The Broncos–Chiefs rivalry is a rivalry between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League's AFC West division. Since the American Football League was established in 1960, the Broncos and the Chiefs have shared the same division, first being the AFL Western Conference, and since the AFL–NFL merger, the AFC West. For years, the rivalry has featured two of the best home-field advantages in the league.

The Dallas Texans/Chiefs dominated the Broncos in the 1960s, the decade of the AFL, winning 19 of 20 games. The Broncos have responded since then, winning the series of every subsequent decade and holding a 8–2 edge so far in the 2010s. Since the Texans moved to Kansas City and became the Chiefs, Denver holds a 53–50 edge. Dallas swept all 6 meetings in the first three years of the rivalry.

Notable moments[edit]

1990–94[edit]

  • October 4, 1992: The Chiefs were victimized by 8 of John Elway's 46 fourth quarter comebacks/game-winning drives, the most he had against one NFL team.[3] Perhaps the most memorable comeback occurred on October 4, 1992, at Mile High Stadium. The Broncos trailed 19–6 late in the fourth quarter, and had not scored a touchdown in the previous 12 quarters. After the 2-minute warning, Elway threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mark Jackson to narrow the gap to 19–13 with 1:55 left. After the Chiefs subsequently went three-and-out, the Broncos returned a punt to the Chiefs' 27-yard line. Three plays later, Elway threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Vance Johnson with 38 seconds left for a thrilling 20–19 comeback win.[2][4]
  • December 27, 1992: Less than three months after John Elway stunned the Chiefs with the aforementioned comeback win, the Chiefs exacted revenge on the Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium in the 1992 regular season finale, with a playoff berth on the line. The Chiefs routed the Broncos 42–20, with the Chiefs' defense scoring three touchdowns off Broncos' turnovers, and denying the Broncos a playoff berth in the process.[2]
  • October 17, 1994: John Elway and Joe Montana, two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, squared off in one of the greatest games in Monday Night Football history. Montana played the last two years of his 16-year NFL career with the Chiefs (1993–94), after playing the majority of his career with the San Francisco 49ers (1979–1992). The two teams matched each other score for score through the first three quarters, until Chiefs' kicker Lin Elliott nailed a 19-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a 24–21 lead with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. After Broncos' tight end Shannon Sharpe and Chiefs' running back Marcus Allen traded fumbles over the next two possessions, Elway led the Broncos on a 6-play, 39-yard drive, and scored a 4-yard touchdown on a quarterback draw to give the Broncos a 28–24 lead with 1:29 remaining. However, the Chiefs would one-up the Broncos, with Montana connecting on a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Willie Davis with only eight seconds remaining to give the Chiefs a thrilling 31–28 win. It not only gave Chiefs' head coach Marty Schottenheimer his first victory in Denver in eight tries, but the Chiefs also snapped an 11-game losing streak at Mile High Stadium.[2][5][6]

1997–present[edit]

  • November 16, 1997: The Broncos were trailing the Chiefs 21–19 at Arrowhead Stadium, and were backed up at their own 27-yard line with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. John Elway led the Broncos down the field, with Jason Elam kicking a 34-yard field goal with only a minute left to give the Broncos a 22–21 lead. However, Chiefs' quarterback Rich Gannon drove the Chiefs to the Broncos' 37-yard line, and kicker Pete Stoyanovich hit a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give the Chiefs a 24–22 win.[2][7]
  • January 4, 1998: Less than two months after the aforementioned last-second win by the Chiefs, the Broncos returned to Kansas City for the divisional round of the 1997–98 NFL playoffs, and redeemed themselves by upending the No. 1 seed Chiefs 14–10, en route to their first Super Bowl win that season.[2]
  • October 5, 2003: Chiefs' return specialist Dante Hall returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, after it seemed that the Broncos' special teams had him corralled for a loss deep in Chiefs' territory. This gave the Chiefs a 24–23 win over the Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium.[2][8]
  • November 14, 2010: The Broncos stormed out to a 35–0 lead against the visiting Chiefs before the second half, leading to a 49–29 victory. Chiefs' head coach Todd Haley was distraught after the game and snubbed a postgame handshake with Broncos' head coach Josh McDaniels, thinking that the Broncos were running up the score on the Chiefs.[9]

Game results[edit]

Broncos' victory Chiefs' victory Postseason meeting

Note: All game dates occur on Sunday unless indicated otherwise.
Source: Pro-Football-Reference.[10]

1960s (Chiefs 19–1)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1960[c] October 30 Dallas Texans 17–14 Denver Broncos Denver
November 13 Dallas Texans 34–7 Denver Broncos Dallas (Cotton Bowl)
1961[c] October 8 Dallas Texans 19–12 Denver Broncos Denver
December 10 Dallas Texans 49–21 Denver Broncos Dallas (Cotton Bowl)
1962[c] November 8 Dallas Texans 24–3 Denver Broncos Denver
December 9 Dallas Texans 17–10 Denver Broncos Dallas (Cotton Bowl)
1963 September 7 (Sat.) Kansas City Chiefs 59–7 Denver Broncos Denver
December 8 Kansas City Chiefs 52–21 Denver Broncos Kansas City
1964 October 11 Denver Broncos 33–27 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
November 1 Kansas City Chiefs 49–39 Denver Broncos Kansas City
1965 October 10 Kansas City Chiefs 31–23 Denver Broncos Denver
December 19 Kansas City Chiefs 45–35 Denver Broncos Kansas City
1966 October 8 (Sat.) Kansas City Chiefs 37–10 Denver Broncos Kansas City
October 23 Kansas City Chiefs 56–10 Denver Broncos Denver
1967 October 29 Kansas City Chiefs 52–9 Denver Broncos Kansas City
December 17 Kansas City Chiefs 38–24 Denver Broncos Denver
1968 September 22 Kansas City Chiefs 34–2 Denver Broncos Kansas City
December 14 (Sat.) Kansas City Chiefs 30–7 Denver Broncos Denver
1969 October 5 Kansas City Chiefs 26–13 Denver Broncos Denver
November 27 (Thur.) Kansas City Chiefs 31–17 Denver Broncos Kansas City

1970s (Broncos 12–8)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1970 October 4 Denver Broncos 26–13 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
December 6 Kansas City Chiefs 16–0 Denver Broncos Kansas City
1971 October 3 Kansas City Chiefs 16–3 Denver Broncos Denver
November 21 Kansas City Chiefs 28–10 Denver Broncos Kansas City
1972 October 1 Kansas City Chiefs 45–24 Denver Broncos Kansas City
December 3 Kansas City Chiefs 24–21 Denver Broncos Denver
1973 October 7 Kansas City Chiefs 16–14 Denver Broncos Kansas City
November 25 Denver Broncos 14–10 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
1974 October 6 Denver Broncos 17–14 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
November 18 (Mon.) Kansas City Chiefs 42–34 Denver Broncos Denver
1975 September 21 Denver Broncos 37–33 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
October 26 Kansas City Chiefs 26–13 Denver Broncos Kansas City
1976 October 24 Denver Broncos 35–26 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
December 5 Denver Broncos 17–16 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
1977 October 9 Denver Broncos 23–7 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
November 20 Denver Broncos 14–7 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
1978 September 24 Denver Broncos 23–17 (OT) Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
December 10 Denver Broncos 24–3 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
1979 October 14 Denver Broncos 24–10 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
October 28 Denver Broncos 20–3 Kansas City Chiefs Denver

1980s (Broncos 11–8)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1980 October 19 Kansas City Chiefs 23–17 Denver Broncos Denver
December 7 Kansas City Chiefs 31–14 Denver Broncos Kansas City
1981 October 18 Kansas City Chiefs 28–14 Denver Broncos Kansas City
December 6 Denver Broncos 16–13 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
1982[d] December 19 Kansas City Chiefs 37–16 Denver Broncos Denver
1983 October 30 Denver Broncos 27–24 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
December 18 Kansas City Chiefs 48–17 Denver Broncos Kansas City
1984 September 23 Denver Broncos 21–0 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
December 2 Kansas City Chiefs 16–13 Denver Broncos Kansas City
1985 October 27 Denver Broncos 30–10 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
December 14 (Sat.) Denver Broncos 14–13 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
1986 November 16 Denver Broncos 38–17 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
December 7 Kansas City Chiefs 37–10 Denver Broncos Kansas City
1987 October 18 Denver Broncos 26–17 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
December 19 (Sat.) Denver Broncos 20–17 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
1988 September 28 Kansas City Chiefs 20–13 Denver Broncos Kansas City
November 6 Denver Broncos 17–11 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
1989 September 10 Denver Broncos 34–20 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
November 12 Denver Broncos 16–13 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City

1990s (Broncos 11–10)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1990 September 17 (Mon.) Denver Broncos 24–23 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
December 9 Kansas City Chiefs 31–20 Denver Broncos Kansas City
1991 October 20 Denver Broncos 19–16 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
November 17 Denver Broncos 24–20 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
1992 October 4 Denver Broncos 20–19 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
December 27 Kansas City Chiefs 42–20 Denver Broncos Kansas City
1993 September 20 (Mon.) Kansas City Chiefs 15–7 Denver Broncos Kansas City
December 12 Denver Broncos 27–21 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
1994 October 17 (Mon.) Kansas City Chiefs 31–28 Denver Broncos Denver
December 4 Denver Broncos 20–17 (OT) Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
1995 October 22 Kansas City Chiefs 21–7 Denver Broncos Denver
December 17 Kansas City Chiefs 20–17 Denver Broncos Kansas City
1996 September 17 Kansas City Chiefs 17–14 Denver Broncos Kansas City
October 27 Denver Broncos 34–7 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
1997 August 31 Denver Broncos 19–3 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
November 16 Kansas City Chiefs 24–22 Denver Broncos Kansas City
January 4, 1998 Denver Broncos 14–10 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
1998 November 16 (Mon.) Denver Broncos 30–7 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
December 6 Denver Broncos 35–31 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
1999 September 19 Kansas City Chiefs 26–10 Denver Broncos Kansas City
December 5 Kansas City Chiefs 16–10 Denver Broncos Denver

2000s (Broncos 11–9)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
2000 September 24 Kansas City Chiefs 23–22 Denver Broncos Denver
December 17 Kansas City Chiefs 20–17 Denver Broncos Kansas City
2001 October 7 Denver Broncos 20–6 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
December 16 Kansas City Chiefs 26–23 (OT) Denver Broncos Kansas City
2002 October 20 Denver Broncos 37–34 (OT) Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
December 15 Denver Broncos 31–24 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
2003 October 5 Kansas City Chiefs 24–23 Denver Broncos Kansas City
December 7 Denver Broncos 45–27 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
2004 September 12 Denver Broncos 34–24 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
December 19 Kansas City Chiefs 45–17 Denver Broncos Kansas City
2005 September 26 (Mon.) Denver Broncos 30–10 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
December 4 Kansas City Chiefs 31–27 Denver Broncos Kansas City
2006 September 17 Denver Broncos 9–6 (OT) Kansas City Chiefs Denver
November 23 (Thur.) Kansas City Chiefs 19–10 Denver Broncos Kansas City
2007 November 11 Denver Broncos 27–11 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
December 9 Denver Broncos 41–7 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
2008 September 28 Kansas City Chiefs 33–19 Denver Broncos Kansas City
December 7 Denver Broncos 24–17 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
2009 December 6 Denver Broncos 44–13 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
January 3, 2010 Kansas City Chiefs 44–24 Denver Broncos Denver

2010s (Broncos 8–2)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
2010 November 14 Denver Broncos 49–29 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
December 5 Kansas City Chiefs 10–6 Denver Broncos Kansas City
2011 November 13 Denver Broncos 17–10 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
January 1, 2012 Kansas City Chiefs 7–3 Denver Broncos Denver
2012 November 25 Denver Broncos 17–9 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
December 30 Denver Broncos 38–3 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
2013 November 17 Denver Broncos 27–17 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
December 1 Denver Broncos 35–28 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City
2014 September 14 Denver Broncos 24–17 Kansas City Chiefs Denver
November 30 Denver Broncos 29–16 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City

Connections between the teams[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Name Years with Broncos Years with Chiefs
Jack Del Rio Defensive coordinator, 2012–present Linebacker, 1987–88
Chan Gailey Tight ends/Special teams coach, 1985–86
Wide receivers/Tight ends coach, 1987
Quarterbacks coach, 1988
Offensive coordinator/Wide receivers coach, 1989–90
Offensive coordinator, 2008
Alex Gibbs Offensive line coach, 1984–87
Assistant head coach/Offensive line coach, 1995–2003
Offensive line consultant, 2013
Offensive line coach, 1993–94
David Gibbs Defensive backs coach, 2001–04 Defensive backs coach, 1995–96
Thomas McGaughey Assistant special teams coach, 2005–06 Assistant special teams coach, 2002
Mike Priefer Special teams coordinator, 2009–10 Special teams coordinator, 2006–08
Greg Robinson Defensive coordinator, 1995–2000 Defensive coordinator, 2001–03
Derius Swinton Assistant special teams coach, 2013–present Special teams quality control coach, 2012

Players[edit]

Name Position(s) Years with Broncos Years with Chiefs
Glenn Cadrez Linebacker 1995–2000 2001–02
Dale Carter Cornerback 1999–2000 1992–98
Ray Crockett Cornerback 1994–2000 2001–02
Lional Dalton Defensive tackle 2002 2004–06
Ryan Harris Offensive tackle 2007–10 2014–present
Peyton Hillis Running back 2008–09 2012
Russ Hochstein Center/Guard 2009–11 2012
Darius Holland Defensive tackle 2003–04 1998
Vonnie Holliday Defensive end 2009 2003–04
Darrius Johnson Cornerback 1996–99 2003
Eddie Kennison Wide receiver 2001 2001–07
Ty Law Cornerback 2009 2006–07
Chester McGlockton Defensive tackle 2001–02 1998–2000
Joe Mays Linebacker 2010–12 2014–present
Kyle Orton Quarterback 2009–11 2011 (six games)
Brady Quinn Quarterback 2010–11 2012
Todd Sauerbrun Punter 2005–06 2000
Neil Smith Defensive end 1997–99 1988–96
Keith Traylor Nose tackle 1991–92, 1997–2000 1993–96
Kevin Vickerson Defensive tackle 2010–13 2014–present
Lenny Walls Cornerback 2002–05 2006
Casey Wiegmann Center 2008–09 2001–07, 2010–11

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Does not include the two American Football League playoff berths that the Chiefs earned in 1968 and 1969.
  2. ^ Since the 1970 AFL–NFL merger, the Chiefs have never won the AFC Championship.
  3. ^ a b c The Kansas City Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans from 1960–62, and played their home games at the Cotton Bowl.
  4. ^ The Broncos and Chiefs met only once during the strike-shortened 1982 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (September 18, 1990). "4th-Down Pass Helps Denver Win : Pro football: Elway's 49-yard completion sets up a last-second field goal that turns back Kansas City, 24-23.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "The Ol’ Rivalry: Best Broncos/Chiefs Games of All-Time". Predominately Orange. December 4, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "John Elway's Career 4th quarter comebacks and game-winning drives – Pro Football Reference". 
  4. ^ Krier, Chris (May 13, 2011). "Broncos Classic: 1992 Kansas City @ Denver". Predominately Orange. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Diegman, Mike (December 4, 2002). "MNF's Greatest Games: Kansas City-Denver 1994". ESPN. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Flashback: Montana outduels Elway". Pro Football Hall of Fame. August 12, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ "N.F.L. WEEK 12; Chiefs Win on Big Boot". New York Times. November 17, 1997. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dante does it again". ESPN. October 5, 2003. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ Klis, Mike (November 14, 2010). "Chiefs coach Haley blows off postgame handshake with McDaniels". The Denver Post. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Boxscore finder: Kansas City Chiefs vs Denver Broncos". June 17, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 

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