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A Look at the Broncos vs. Chiefs Rivalry

The rivalry is alive and well. The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are longtime foes heading towards one of the most important match-ups in their storied rivalry. Sunday’s game may very well determine the AFC West Champion and the #1 seed in the conference. In anticipation of Sunday’s showdown, let’s take a look at the history of the rivalry and some of the more interesting facts:

  • The Broncos and Chiefs have played each other 107 times including playoffs, with the Chiefs holding a 56-51 edge.
  • During the first three years of the rivalry, the Chiefs were then known as the Dallas Texans and went 6-0 against the Broncos.
  • The Chiefs were 19-1 against the Broncos during the 1960s. The Broncos lead the rivalry 50-37 since and have held the winning edge in every following decade.
  • The Broncos and Chiefs have only met once in the playoffs, a divisional round game on January 4, 1998. Denver defeated top seeded Kansas City 14-10 on the way to their first Super Bowl victory.
  • December road games against the Chiefs have been a nightmare for the Broncos. The Chiefs have dominated the Broncos, going 17-2 at home in December against Denver. The Broncos’ only December wins in KC came in 1994 with an 20-17 overtime victory and in 2009 with a dominating 44-13 win.

While the Broncos have gone 3-0 against the Chiefs with Peyton Manning at QB, they struggled mightily in their lone trip to Kansas City. Last November, against an undermanned 1-9 Chiefs team starting Brady Quinn at QB, the Broncos had to grind out an ugly 17-9 win in which they trailed late into the 3rd quarter.

The Broncos can take control of the division and conference this Sunday. But to do so they need to accomplish a feat as rare as a Broncos’ Super Bowl victory. They need to beat the Chiefs in their house in December.

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