The 10 Most Memorable Games in the Storied Raiders-Chiefs Rivalry
Although both organizations have fallen on lean times in the past few seasons, the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs rivalry is one of the most heated in League history.
Since their days in the AFL, the two teams have always been division rivals and as such, have often met in some hotly contested matchups that have featured games with playoff and Super Bowl implications, memorable last-minute drives, and a fair share of skirmishes.
Division rivalries are always special, and the Raiders-Chiefs rivalry is no different. Part of the reason why this rivalry is so special is because of the notoriety of each team's fanbase: the Raider Nation owns an infamous reputation as owning the league's most hostile fans while the always exuberant Red Sea in Kansas City makes it tough for any opposing team that travels to Arrowhead Stadium.
There's no bias with this top 10 list. Both teams are represented well with their own great moments, and that just goes to show you how highly contested these matchups have been.
Although each team can lay claim to dominating a certain decade, many of these gridiron battles haven't come without incident, or at the very least, its fair share of memorable in-game antics or post game quotes.
For our first moment, we go all the way back to the first time these two teams met, back in...
Sept. 16, 1960
Forty-nine years ago this past Wednesday, the Raiders and Chiefs, then known as the Dallas Texans, met for the first time in series history. The Texans outgained the Raiders in total yards, 388 to 306, en route to a convincing 34-16 victory.
It didn't help the Silver and Black's cause to commit five turnovers and allow four sacks in the game.
The Raiders would gain retribution later in the season, as they got past the Texans in Oakland by a score of 20-19. Even though the Texans outgained the Raiders in this game as well, turnovers would prove to be another deciding factor, most notably an 80-yard pick six by defensive back Dave Webster of Texans quarterback Cotton Davidson (pictured).
Dec. 22, 1968
In a playoff game that would decide who would advance to meet the New York Jets in the AFL Championship Game, the Raiders and Chiefs squared off in Oakland with identical 12-2 records.
Oakland's home crowd bore witness to the Daryle Lamonica and Frank Biletnikoff show as the pair connected on three touchdown passes of 24, 44, and 54 yards. The Raiders outgained the Chiefs by 142 yards and ran away with a 41-6 victory.
However, a week later, the Raiders would go on to lose the conference championship to Joe Namath and the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Jets, 13-3.
Jan. 4, 1970
For the second consecutive season, the Raiders and Chiefs met in the playoffs, but this time around it was for the conference championship and a trip to the Super Bowl.
The 13-1-1 Raiders came in as the favorites as they had beaten the Chiefs both times in the regular season, but the third time would prove to be the charm for the Chiefs as they took care of the Raiders, 17-7.
The game was a low scoring, defensive battle as the two teams' offenses combined for only 440 total yards. The Raiders took the early lead on a three-yard Charlie H. Smith touchdown run, but the Chiefs went on to score seventeen unanswered points, including a rushing touchdowns apiece for Wendell Hayes and Robert Holmes.
Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica would struggle mightily in the game, passing for only 167 yards on 15 of 39 passing and throwing three interceptions to zero touchdowns.
The Len Dawson led Chiefs went on to face the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, and came away with the win despite being 12.5 point underdogs.
Nov. 1, 1970
In the first year of the AFL-NFL merger, the two rivals met in a Week Seven matchup in Kansas City. Although the game ended in a 17-17 tie, it would go down as one of the more memorable and controversial games in the rivalry's storied history.
The Chiefs took the lead late in the fourth-quarter on a 13-yard pass from Len Dawson to Otis Taylor, and after retaining offensive possession, all the Chiefs had to do was run out the clock to preserve a victory.
However, a seemingly easy finish would prove to be anything but that for the Chiefs, as the Raiders benefited from a brief skirmish and the ensuing penalties to retain possession.
In the process of trying to run out the clock, Dawson scrambled to what would have been a first down for the Chiefs. However, towards the end of the play, Raiders defensive end Ben Davidson came in from behind and delivered a vicious blow to Dawson.
Otis Taylor came in defense of his quarterback by shoving Davidson and as a result, an on-field fight ensued.
Due to the rules at the time, the penalties that were enforced nullified what would have been a first down for the Chiefs, and possession was given to the Raiders. The Raiders proceeded to march down the field and tie the game with a 48-yard George Blanda (pictured) field goal with two seconds left.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the loss would prove to be costly as the Raiders would then clinch the division against Kansas City in Week 13.
Because of the unfortunate result for the Chiefs due to the untimely penalties, the rules were later changed so that penalties like the ones committed would be assessed after the play.
Oct. 12, 1975
In what was a 42-10 blowout win for the Chiefs, this game is made memorable by Raiders head coach John Madden's post game comment.
After taking a 3-0 lead on a George Blanda 23-yard field goal, the Raiders would fail to score again until the fourth-quarter as the Chief rattled off 42 unanswered points.
The Chiefs had six different players score for touchdowns, including three touchdown passes from quarterback Mike Livingston who also returned a fumble for a score as well.
Although it was the Chiefs' passing game that found the end zone most, it was the running game that paced the offense as the backfield ran for 224 yards on 52 carries (an average of 4.3 yards per rushing attempt).
However, the game was most noted for Madden's tongue-in-cheek comment in regards to the Chiefs' live mascot, a horse named Warpaint. Following every Chiefs touchdown, Warpaint was made to circle the field in celebration.
Six Chiefs touchdowns and a blowout loss later, Madden said of the game, "We couldn't beat the Chiefs, but we damn near killed their horse."
Oct. 3, 1977
In yet another noted Monday night game between the two rivals, the Raiders and Chiefs excused their defenses for the night while their offenses went at it in a shootout in Kansas City.
The Raiders ran for an astounding 242 yards while throwing for a staggering 297. The Chiefs didn't do too bad themselves as their offense amassed 322 total yards.
In fact, the game was such an offensive showcase that it featured three 100-yard rushing performances: Oakland's Mark van Eeghen (116) and Clarence Davis (102) and the Chiefs' Tony Reed with 119 yards.
The Chiefs held a 21-13 lead at halftime, but the Raiders would answer the call and score 21 unanswered points in the third quarter.
The Chiefs fell to 0-3 following the loss and struggled the rest of the season, finishing with a 2-12 record. The Raiders on the other hand remained undefeated at 3-0, and parlayed their big rivalry win into an 11-3 season, eventually losing to the Denver Broncos in the Conference Championship.
Dec. 28, 1991
Playoff matches between these two teams are always good ones, and this 1991 Wild Card Playoff affair was no different.
The Raiders, then in Los Angeles, were the underdogs, haven gotten into the playoffs just behind the Chiefs in the AFC West, but the Chiefs also held a definite psychological edge having beaten Oakland both times in the regular season.
However hyped as the Raiders were, they were unable to repeat the feat of the 1970 Chiefs and lost to their rivals for a third time by a paltry score of 10-6.
The Chiefs scored on the game's lone touchdown, an 11-yard pass from Steve DeBerg to Fred Jones in the second quarter.
The Raiders would get the score as close to 7-6 thanks to two Jeff Jaeger field goals, but the Chiefs pulled away in the fourth on a field goal of their own to seal the deal and advance to the next round against the Buffalo Bills.
Defense was the name of the game as the Raiders' secondary only allowed 73 net yards passing, but it was the Chiefs' defense that came up big with four interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Jan. 2, 2000
In what was the final game of the season for both teams, the Raiders' playoff hopes were long gone, but the Chiefs' chances hung by a slim thread. The Chiefs needed one more win to get into the playoffs, so naturally, the Raiders did their part in playing the spoiler.
The Chiefs built a quick 17-0 lead in the first-quarter, with the first two scores coming on huge returns: Chiefs wide receiver Tamarick Vanover opened with an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown while cornerback James Hasty picked off a Rich Gannon pass and returned it 34 yards for the score.
Things weren't looking good for the Silver and Black, but following a Kenny Shedd 20-yard return of a blocked punt to get his team on the board, the Raiders made it interesting by taking the lead in the second quarter.
The teams traded the lead until the fourth quarter, when a 39-yard touchdown pass from Elvis Grbac to Kevin Lockett gave the Chiefs a three-point lead with little time left on the clock.
However, special teams would be the Chiefs' undoing as Kansas City's punter John Baker sent the ensuing kickoff out of bounds to give the Raiders favorable field position. Rich Gannon led the charge down the field and kicker Joe Nedney was able to force overtime with a 38-yard field goal to tie the game at 38.
Later in overtime, Baker would again send a kickoff out of bounds, and once more, Gannon led the offense into field goal range where Nedney kicked it between the uprights for a game-winning 33-yard field goal.
The Raiders finished 8-8 on the season and although their fans were disappointed in not making the playoffs, spoiling their rivals' chances proved to be a nice season-ending incentive.
Nov. 6, 2005
In what can best be described as a heroic and brave effort, the Chiefs defeated the Raiders, 27-23 in this midseason affair.
The Chiefs held a commanding 20-9 lead in the fourth quarter, following a 15-yard touchdown run by running back Larry Johnson. However, the Raiders wouldn't go without a fight and answered back with two consecutive touchdown passes from Kerry Collins, first to Jerry Porter and then to Randy Moss.
With the Raiders leading 23-20 with little time left, things didn't look good for the Chiefs. However, quarterback Trent Green led his team on a final drive that was nothing short of heroic, considering what he had to go through in his personal life in the days prior.
Just for days before, Green was in attendance of his father's funeral, and it was uncertain what kind of effect the emotional trauma would have on his playing ability.
Based on the final game-winning 72-yard drive, it looks like Green's emotions were held in check.
The Chiefs marched down the field in the game's waning seconds and got as close as the one-yard line. Even though a field goal would have tied it and sent the game into overtime, then Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil was confident in his offensive line and opted to go for it.
From one yard out, Larry Johnson took the hand-off in for the score, and the Chiefs came away with an emotional 27-23 victory.
Oct. 21, 2007
The Chiefs' 2007 victory over the Raiders by a score of 12 to 10 was not a dramatic game, but was significant because of what the win meant in the rivalry's history, and because it was yet another low for the post-2002 Raiders.
The Chiefs managed to get by the Raiders behind two Dave Rayner field goals and a one-yard run by Larry Johnson.
Despite the win for the Chiefs, neither team managed to do much that season as they finished tied for third in the AFC West with identical 4-12 records.
The win, however, was somewhat of a milestone as it was the ninth straight victory over the Raiders by the Chiefs, the longest winning streak in the series and the third time the Chiefs accomplished the feat.
For the Raiders, the loss was further exacerbated by the fact that it was the team's 17th consecutive loss to a divisional opponent.
Appropriately though, the Raiders managed to break both streaks in Week 12, beating the Chiefs in Kansas City, 20-17.