Chiefs vs. Raiders: 5 Best Kansas City Moments in 50-Year Rivalry
September 16, 1960 was the start of a historic rivalry between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders. A total of 103 games have been played between these two, with the Chiefs leading the series 55-46-2.
Both teams were led by big figures in Lamar Hunt and Al Davis. Hunt and Davis worked together in the 1960s to form the American Football League while being rivals.
This Sunday will mark the 104th meeting between the two.
In chronological order, I pulled out five big moments for the Chiefs in their history against the Raiders. Let me know what you think!
1969 AFL Championship
While most fans were not born at the time this happened, it cannot be left out of the Chiefs and Raiders history.
The 1969 AFL Championship victors would move on to Super Bowl IV to face the Minnesota Vikings.
Hank Stram, Len Dawson and the Chiefs wanted to return to the Super Bowl and prove to the National Football League that they are just as good.
The Chiefs managed to defeat the Raiders, 17-7, and received the second, golden chance to play in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs eventually stunned the Vikings and lifted the Super Bowl trophy above their heads.
1991 3-0 Sweep
Twenty-one years later, the Chiefs and Raiders met in the postseason. It was the first time the two had squared off in the post season since the NFL/AFL merger.
In 1991, the Chiefs had already defeated the Raiders twice in the regular season and had high hopes of going 3-0 against their division rivals.
In a low scoring contest, Chiefs running back Barry Word was a big asset and rushed for 133 yards against the Raiders.
After an interception from Chiefs safety Deron Cherry, quarterback Steve DeBerg connected with wide receiver Fred Jones on a play-action pass to score the only touchdown of the game.
With the Chiefs leading 10-6 late in the fourth quarter, the Raiders had an opportunity to ruin the fun at Arrowhead Stadium on the final drive of the game. However, Chiefs linebacker Lonnie Marts intercepted the game-saving pass from Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich.
Marcus Allen Joins Kansas City
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After being released by the Raiders, Carl Peterson sought out Marcus Allen and made him a Chief.
Allen made the Raiders regret releasing him after he led the AFC in rushing touchdowns in his first year in Kansas City with 12. Allen was awarded for his success in 1993 by becoming the second player in franchise history to win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
Allen, Joe Montana and the rest of the Chiefs put together the best postseason run in Chiefs history since the merger and took the team to the AFC Championship game in the 1993-94 season.
When Allen played for the Chiefs from 1993-97, the Chiefs went 9-1 against the Raiders.
After Allen retired in 1997, it was safe to assume that he would go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a Raider after winning the Super Bowl XVIII MVP award against the Washington Redskins. However, Allen decided to be inducted as a Chief in 2003.
The biggest reason behind his decision was because of his poor relationship with former Raiders owner Davis and the opportunity Kansas City gave him.
Monday Night Football 2003
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The undefeated Chiefs visited the struggling Raiders on Monday Night Football for what many thought would be a mismatch.
The Raiders did not back down and gave the Chiefs a run for their money. Raiders quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo threw for 224 yards off of 16 completions to try and help the Raiders pull the upset after Rich Gannon had struggled with an interception and a fumble.
Chiefs running back Priest Holmes, however, led the way, rushing for 123 yards off of 27 carries and one touchdown on the night.
But Chiefs fans couldn't go to sleep with the game still up for grabs with 1:47 left to go.
Tuiasosopo and the Raiders started from their own 6-yard line and fought their way to Kansas City's 14-yard line with seven seconds remaining on the clock.
On the final play of the game, Tuiasosopo found wide receiver Tim Brown, but he was tackled at the 1-yard line by safeties Jerome Woods and Greg Wesley to advance the Chiefs to 7-0.
2005: LJ Proves Dick Vermeil Right
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After Randy Moss had caught a touchdown pass from Kerry Collins to give the Raiders the lead at Arrowhead Stadium with 1:45 to go, the Chiefs were forced to respond fast.
On the second-to-last play of the game, Trent Green completed a pass to Larry Johnson for 36 yards to place the ball at the 1-yard line. The Chiefs burned their final timeout at the 1-yard line with five seconds left to go in the game.
After an emotional week for Green, who lost his father, Dick Vermeil looked over at Green and wanted to win this game for him. Vermeil made a gutsy move and called a running play to end the game, rather than playing it safe and kicking the field goal to push the game into overtime.
Following the clean snap, Green handed the ball to Johnson. Johnson ran behind Casey Wiegmann and Will Shields and dove over those two and made it over the front line of the end zone to win the game for Kansas City.
Arrowhead Stadium erupted while Green, Vermeil and many others were in tears.
Following the game, Vermeil gave the game ball to Green, in honor of his father.