Good morning, Broncos Country!
We’ve come to expect the unexpected from this rivalry.
After 116 games between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, there is no other way to look at it. We’ve seen just about anything and everything when these two teams smash helmets, save for the Chiefs winning the trophy named after their former owner.
On my weekly segment with Michael Klahr and Mark Knudson, we discussed the going ons this week and previewed today’s game (segment starts at 25:55).
But before the next chapter in this storied rivalry is written, let’s look back at the history between these two teams. Some of the greatest games and moments have taken place in this rivalry. There also is some things for Broncos fans to watch for today. All of this is courtesy of the team’s weekly release.
- Today’s game in Kansas City marks the 117th regular-season game between the Broncos and Chiefs. Denver is 54-62-0 in those games — 35-24 at home; 19-38 on the road. The first game was Oct. 30, 1960, at Bears Stadium. The Dallas Texans beat the Broncos 17-14.
- The last game played between the Broncos and Chiefs was a few weeks ago on Monday Night Football, with KC coming from behind to win 27-23 in Denver. The Broncos are now on a six-game losing streak to the Chiefs. In that time, however, Denver has three wins in the playoffs while KC has one.
- The last Broncos home win over the Chiefs was Sept. 14, 2014, 24-17. That was the day Denver inducted Gene Mingo, Dan Reeves and Rick Upchurch in the Ring of Fame (my wife and I were there. It was awesome to witness). The last home loss was, of course, last season.
- The last Broncos road win over the Chiefs was Sept. 17, 2015, 31-24. The walk-off forced fumble returned for a touchdown by Bradley Roby was the first indication of what a special season that would be for Denver. Interestingly, that’s also the last time the Broncos beat KC. The last Broncos road loss was the 29-19 debacle last season.
- The Broncos longest winning streak is eight games that took place Oct. 24, 1976-Oct. 28, 1979. The longest winning streak for the Chiefs is 11 games that took place Nov. 1, 1964-Nov. 27, 1969.
- The Broncos have shutout the Chiefs once in this series, 21-0 on Sept. 23, 1984, at Mile High Stadium. The Chiefs also have shutout Denver once in this series, 16-0 on Dec. 6, 1970, at Arrowhead Stadium.
- The most points (49) the Broncos have scored in this series is from a 49-29 win on Nov. 14, 2010, at Mile High. The most points (59) for the Chiefs is from a 59-7 win on Sept. 7, 1963, in KC. The largest Broncos win over the Chiefs (35 points) came in a 38-3 victory on Dec. 30, 2012, at Mile High. The largest Chiefs win over Denver (52) is from their 59-7 win in 1963.
- The most combined points for the Broncos and Chiefs (88) is from a 49-39 KC win on Nov. 1, 1964, in Kansas City. The fewest combined points (10), a 7-3 Chiefs win on Jan. 1, 2012 at Mile High.
- An interesting note about this series: The Chiefs franchise started 25-2 vs. the Broncos (1960-73). Since then, Denver has gone 52-35, yet it still trails in the all-time series. That’s remarkable, all thanks to the first 13 years.
- The Broncos and Chiefs have only met once in the playoffs, in the AFC Divisional Round on Jan. 4, 1998, in Kansas City. Denver, of course, won that game 14-10 to advance to the AFC Title Game in Pittsburgh.
What to watch for in today’s game
- Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. needs one pass defensed to tie Steve Atwater (78) and Tyrone Braxton (78) for the second-most passes defensed by a Bronco since the statistic was tracked beginning in 1994.
- Broncos linebacker Von Miller needs one sack to tie Trevor Pryce (92) for 43rd on the NFL’s all-time sack list; two sacks to tie Cameron Wake (93) for 42nd; and 2.5 sacks to tie Henry Thomas (93.5) for 41st.
- Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas needs 13 catches to tie Shannon Sharpe (675) for second place on the franchise’s all-time receptions list.
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