In honor of All Hallow’s Eve, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the Chief’s history on October 31st, including one of the greatest games I ever witnessed in person at Arrowhead. I decided to look back at the Chiefs’ history on Halloween as far 1970 when the AFL and NFL merged into the NFL we know today:
2011: The Chiefs beat San Diego in OT in KC on Monday Night Football. Jonathan Baldwin had 82 receiving yards and 1 touchdown in maybe his best game as a pro. Phillip Rivers had 369 pass yards but it wasn’t enough as he also threw two interceptions. Nick Novak kicked 4 field goals for the Chargers, but the Chiefs forced a San Diego 3-and-out in OT, then burned up 7 and a half minutes of clock marching down the field to give Ryan Succop an easy 30 yard field goal to win the game. This game also resulted in this:
2010: The Chiefs beat the Bills 13-10 behind Jamaal Charles’ 177 rush yards. Ryan Succop missed his first OT field goal attempt and made his second on a chilly and windy day in KC. A notable stat from this game: the Chiefs were 1 for 4 in red zone efficiency. Pretty awful. While tailgating at this game, I consumed the greatest tailgate meal ever: a bacon-wrapped whole chicken stuffed with sausage. Kudos to KC and their fabulous tailgates!
2004: The Chiefs beat Peyton Manning and the Colts in a thrilling game at Arrowhead. It was chilly and blustery but Tony Gonzalez had 125 receiving yards and Priest Holmes had 143 rushing yards. The Chiefs held several large leads, including 21-7 and 31-14 but those darn Colts kept coming back. Why does Indianapolis constantly give the Chiefs all kinds of trouble?! It was a very satisfying win after Gonzalez caught his second touchdown of the day from Trent Green, putting the score at 45-35 in the Chiefs favor. I couldn’t talk for a week after that game, which was one of the most memorable games I have attended at Arrowhead, partly because we beat Manning, and partly because I have never heard the stadium that loud. Too bad Guinness Records wasn’t present that day…
1999: The Chiefs annihilated the Chargers at Arrowhead, winning 34-0. Derrick Alexander had an 81-yard touchdown catch, and Elvis Grbac (!) had 194 yards on only 11 completed passes. Alexander’s catch wasn’t even Grbac’s longest pass play that year as Alexander and Grbac hooked up for an 86 yard completion against Chicago that season. The Chiefs also sacked Jim Harbaugh (!) 5 times that Halloween, including one for a 20 yard loss by Derrick Thomas. The next time a Charger’s fan talks some smack, remind them that KC stole their manhood in 1999.
1993: The Dolphins beat the Chiefs 30-10 in Miami. Scott Mitchell threw for 344 yards as Dan Marino’s replacement when Marino was out with an injury. A little trivia for you: this same Scott Mitchell ballooned to 366 pounds after retiring from football and is currently a contestant on the tv show The Biggest Loser.
1976: The Chiefs beat the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay 28-19. Steve Spurrier had 212 pass yards and the Chiefs had 3 turnovers and 10 penalties, but Mike Livingston threw 2 touchdowns, Jan Stanerud had 2 field goals, and the Chiefs earned their first ever win on Halloween in the NFL.
1971: The Chiefs and the Raiders tied 20-20 behind Len Dawson’s 133 pass yards, 71 of which went to Ed Podolak. The Raiders scored the last 10 points of the game to tie it.
The Chiefs’ all-time record on Halloween during their time in the NFL is 5-1-1. That is a pretty scary record! Hope you have a safe and fun Halloween, and cheer on those Chiefs this Sunday!