Path Of Primetime

Posted Apr 20, 2011

The Chiefs history in primetime contests

The Chiefs are back in the primetime spotlight with four nationally-televised games set for 2011. It’s the most for the team since playing in front of a national audience three times in 2006. Overall, the Chiefs own a 47-26 (.644) record in primetime matchups.

Let’s take a look at the history of primetime football and the Kansas City Chiefs.


Record: 9-4 (.692)

NBC Sunday Night Football will make its first visit to Kansas City on November 27th when the Chiefs host the Steelers. Though the ratings-rich edition of NBC’s broadcast has yet to show the Arrowhead turf, the Chiefs have still hosted six Sunday night meetings and, in total, taken part in 13 Sunday night games.

The last such home contest came in 2003 when Buffalo visited Arrowhead (10/26) and was promptly disposed of 38-5. The Chiefs were playing in front of a primetime audience for the second week in a row and ran their record to a perfect 8-0 with the victory.

Date Opponent Result Score
10/25/1992 PITTSBURGH L 3-27
11/22/1992 at Seattle W 24-14
12/26/1993 at Minnesota L 10-30
9/18/1994 at Atlanta W 30-10
11/6/1994 L.A. RAIDERS W 13-3
11/19/1995 HOUSTON W 20-13
9/6/1998 OAKLAND W 28-8
10/4/1998 SEATTLE W 17-6
10/26/2003 BUFFALO W 38-5
9/12/2004 at Denver L 24-34
9/18/2005 at Oakland W 23-17
11/20/2005 at Houston W 45-17
12/17/2006 at San Diego L 9-20


Record: 21-15 (.583)

Monday Night Football returns to Kansas City in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1995-98. This year’s Halloween rematch with the San Diego Chargers represents Kansas City’s first primetime slot of the regular season and will no doubt create an electric atmosphere.

Kansas City’s history on MNF runs deep. The second-ever regular season telecast of ABC’s Monday Night Football featured the defending World Champion Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore (9/28/70). QB Len Dawson tossed four TDs as the Chiefs would go on to defeat the eventual Super Bowl V Champion Colts 44-24.

Date Opponent Result Score
Date Opponent Result Score
9/28/1970 at Baltimore W 44-24
10/17/1994 at Denver W 31-28
10/18/1971 PITTSBURGH W 38-16
12/12/1994 at Miami L 28-45
12/6/1971 at San Francisco W 26-17
10/9/1995 SAN DIEGO W 29-23 (OT)
9/25/1972 at New Orleans W 20-17
12/11/1995 at Miami L 6-13
10/29/1973 at Buffalo L 14-23
10/7/1996 PITTSBURGH L 7-17
11/12/1973 CHICAGO W 19-7
12/9/1996 at Oakland L 7-26
11/18/1974 at Denver W 42-34
9/8/1997 at Oakland W 28-27
11/10/1975 at Dallas W 34-31
11/3/1997 PITTSBURGH W 13-10
9/20/1976 OAKLAND L 21-24
10/26/1998 PITTSBURGH L 13-20
10/3/1977 OAKLAND L 28-37
11/16/1998 DENVER L 7-30
9/12/1983 SAN DIEGO L 14-17
10/2/2000 SEATTLE W 24-17
9/17/1990 at Denver L 23-24
12/4/2000 at New England L 24-30
9/16/1991 at Houston L 7-17
10/20/2003 at Oakland W 17-10
10/7/1991 BUFFALO W 33-6
10/4/2004 at Baltimore W 27-24
10/28/1991 L.A. RAIDERS W 24-21
11/22/2004 NEW ENGLAND L 19-27
9/28/1992 L.A. RAIDERS W 27-7
12/13/2004 at Tennessee W 49-38
9/20/1993 DENVER W 15-7
9/26/2005 at Denver L 10-30
11/8/1993 GREEN BAY W 26-16
9/13/2010 SAN DIEGO W 21-14


Record: 5-2 (.714)

Lamar Hunt’s longtime efforts to secure a Thanksgiving Day game at Arrowhead Stadium became a reality when the Chiefs defeated Denver 19-10 in Arrowhead’s first-ever Thanksgiving game (11/23/06).

The holiday matchup between two longtime AFC West rivals also marked the NFL Network’s first live regular season game broadcast and, at the time, drew the fifth-largest crowd in Arrowhead history (79,484).

Previously, the Chiefs hosted a trio of Thanksgiving Day games when the club played at Municipal Stadium. In one of those contests, Pro Football Hall of Fame LB Bobby Bell returned an onside kick for a 53-yard TD to help the Chiefs defeat the Broncos 31-17 (11/27/69).

Date Opponent Result Score
9/12/1985 L.A. RAIDERS W 36-20
10/17/1996 SEATTLE W 34-16
10/16/1997 SAN DIEGO W 31-3
10/21/1999 at Baltimore W 35-8
10/25/2001 INDIANAPOLIS L 28-35
11/29/2001 PHILADELPHIA L 10-23
11/23/2006 DENVER W 19-10


Record: 3-4 (.429)

In 2005, Hurricane Wilma forced the Chiefs to play their first regular season Friday night game since 1964 (10/21). The game was originally scheduled for October 23rd, but Mother Nature had other plans for the meeting.

The Chiefs actually flew to Miami on the day of the game and defeated the Dolphins 30-20.

Date Opponent Result Score
9/16/1960 at Oakland W 34-16
11/18/1960 at Boston L 14-42
11/3/1961 at Boston L 21-28
10/12/1962 at Boston W 27-7
11/8/1963 OAKLAND L 7-22
10/23/1964 at Boston L 7-24
10/21/2005 at Miami W 30-20


Record: 9-1 (.900)

Recent memories of Saturday Night Football come with a heavy heart. The Chiefs last played in a Saturday primetime slot during the 2006 season, just four days following memorial services for the late Lamar Hunt.

After originally being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998, Hunt bravely underwent many treatments and surgeries in the ensuing years without complaint. On December 13, 2006, Hunt peacefully passed away in Dallas, surrounded by his family. Local memorial services were held in Independence at the Community of Christ Auditorium on December 19th.

A mourning Chiefs team would return to the field to capture a 20-9 win in Oakland (12/23) that kept the club’s playoff hopes alive.

Date Opponent Result Score
9/10/1960 at L.A. Chargers L 20-21
9/8/1962 BOSTON W 42-28
9/7/1963 at Denver W 59-7
12/14/1963 BOSTON W 35-3
9/18/1965 at N.Y. Jets W 14-10
10/8/1966 DENVER W 37-10
9/9/1967 at Houston W 25-20
9/28/1968 at Miami W 48-3
10/5/1968 at Buffalo W 18-7
12/23/2006 at Oakland W 20-9