Like last week, I wanted to rewind to a previous match-up between the Chiefs and their next opponent. This week it’s the Tennessee Titans. I tried to think of the last exciting Chiefs’ win over the Titans, but nothing came to mind, and for good reason. I’ve got some bad news, Chiefs fans, KC hasn’t been good against Tennessee recently. In fact, Andy Reid is 1-3 against them during his tenure in The City of BBQ. I would know, as I’ve been to 2 of those three losses. Forward Progress, QB self passes, Succop’s late game winner in weather cold enough it literally froze my beer. Yuck, I want to vomit.
So instead let’s throw it back old school to fonder memories. Before the Chiefs were even in Kansas City or the Titans were a thing in Nashville. We’re going to Texas Y’all. Houston to be specific. We’re going to Rewind to the 1962 American Football League Championship games, when the then-Dallas Texas met the former Houston Oilers.
The teams from Texas were clearly the best in the AFL that season. Both the Oilers and the Texans had matching records at 11-3, and each had beaten the other during the regular season. The Dallas Texans won the first game with a 31-7 thwacking back in late October, but the Houston Oilers got their revenge in December with a 14-6 win. The rematch was destined for the 3rd Championship in the AFL’s young history, and Houston was looking for their third title in a row.
At the time, the AFL was comprised of 8 teams and divided into two division. The East Division was comprised of the Houston Oilers, Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and the Titans of New York. The West Division teams were made up of the familiar Dallas Texans, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, and Denver Broncos. Other than the Texans and Oilers, only the Patriots finished with a winning record going 9-4-1. At the time there were no playoffs, so the Division Champions were to play for the title.
The Texans, coached by the famous Hank Stram, boasted a strong offense sporting both the rookie of the year, fullback Curtis McClinton from Kansas and AFL MVP, Len Dawson. The Oilers’ offense was no joke either. Their team was lead by QB George Blanda and RB/TE Billy Cannon, who officially had the coolest name of the game.
Despite all the offensive power, the only score in the 1st quarter was a Dallas 16-yard field goal coming off a EJ Holub interception. In the second quarter Dallas extended the lead with Abner Haynes catching one TD pass then rushing in for another following another interception by the Dallas defense. The Texans were winning 17-0 at half.
But the shut out would not hold as the Oilers came alive in the second half, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive. After that score, the Texans elected to play conservative in hopes to run the clock out, and the 3rd quarter would end with an exchanging of turnovers. Early in the 4th, Houston had the ball at the one, but Johnny Robinson hit Billy Cannon with the force of the running back’s name, popping the ball out and forcing a short field goal. Eventually, the Oilers would score a TD on another short run, tying the game at 17 a piece. The game would go into overtime after a 42 yard Blanda FG (Yes, the QB was their kicker too) was blocked.
Abner Haynes, despite having scored one of the only two Texan touchdowns, nearly cost them the game. Dallas won the toss, and Abner, wanting the wind behind his team elected to “Kick to the Clock”. However because he said “Kick” first, Houston was able to elect which direction they wanted to receive the ball. Luckily for the Texans, the Oilers would not score. In fact neither team would score until late into the 2nd overtime period, when Texans’ Tommy Brooker nailed the game-winning 25 yard field goal. The game itself had gone 17 minutes and 54 seconds into overtime, making it the 3rd longest game of professional football of all time and the longest professional Championship game ever. It was also the final game for the Dallas Texans, as the next season they relocated to Kansas City and became the Chiefs.
And the rest, as they say, is history.