Column - Pete Moris
Chiefs vs Cowboys - Game 5Oct 05, 2009, 2:52:39 PM
DALLAS COWBOYS (2-2)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (0-4)
REGULAR SEASON GAME #5
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2009 – 12:00 PM (CENTRAL)
ARROWHEAD STADIUM – KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
WDAF-4 (FOX in Kansas City) - Play-by-play: Joe Buck - Color Commentator: Troy Aikman - Sideline Reporter: Pam Oliver
Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network - KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City - Affiliates) - Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus - Color Commentator: Len Dawson - Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon
The Chiefs host the Cowboys for just the third time at Arrowhead as Dallas makes its fi rst visit to Kansas City since ‘98. While these two franchises have been infrequent foes, the roots of this rivalry run deep, echoing back to the early days of the feud between Lamar Hunt’s renegade American Football League and the established National Football League. Sunday will also serve as Alumni Day as KC will honor the 40th anniversary of the Super Bowl IV squad.
As a tribute to Hunt, the 50th anniversary of the AFL and the 50th season of the Chiefs franchise, both squads will wear classic uniforms for this contest. The Chiefs will play the game as the Dallas Texans, marking the first time since the ‘62 AFL Championship Game that Hunt’s franchise has donned that gear. The victor of Sunday’s contest will take possession of the Preston Road Trophy, a traveling trophy created by Hunt, whose widow Norma still lives in close proximity to Jerry and Gene Jones in the same Dallas neighborhood. The home team has won all three games in the “Preston Road Trophy” series which Hunt initiated in ‘98, including a 2004 preseason contest.
While the historic implications of this contest are plentiful, getting the initial victory of the Todd Haley era against the Cowboys would also be signficant. Haley served as a Dallas assistant from 2004-06 under Bill Parcells and would relish the opportunity to register his initial NFL head coaching victory against “America’s Team.” Haley’s squad enters this contest following a 27-16 loss vs. the N.Y. Giants (10/4).
The Cowboys are 2-2 and visit Arrowhead after suffering a 17-10 loss at Denver (10/4). Dallas led 10-0 in that contest before the Broncos rattled off 17 unanswered points, including 10 points in the game’s final six minutes.
The Chiefs are 2-0 all-time vs. Dallas at Arrowhead and are seeking to make the Cowboys the fourth team that has visited Arrowhead at least three times in the regular season without registering a victory. Kansas City is 3-0 at Arrowhead vs. Arizona, Atlanta and Washington. The Chiefs sole home loss to the Cowboys came by a 27-16 count at Municipal Stadium (10/25/70).
Kansas City faces its fourth consecutive NFC East opponent when the club travels to Washington (10/18). The Cowboys enjoy a bye week before returning to action vs. Atlanta (10/25).
The Chiefs are 3-5 all-time in regular season play vs. Dallas. The Cowboys won a 31-28 decision in the most recent meeting at Texas Stadium (12/11/05). Kansas City is 2-0 vs. the Cowboys at Arrowhead, registering a 20-17 win (12/13/98) and a 36-28 win (10/22/89) under Marty Schottenheimer. The Chiefs lone regular season win at Dallas was a 34-31 triumph on Monday Night Football (11/10/75) under Paul Wiggin. That contest marked the Chiefs fi rst trip to their city of origin. The Chiefs also own a 32-6 victory vs. Dallas in an American Bowl preseason contest played in Monterrey, Mexico (8/5/96).
THE GAME THAT NEVER WAS: TEXANS VS. COWBOYS
After lobbying unsuccessfully in the late ‘50s for an NFL expansion franchise for Dallas, Lamar Hunt was prompted to form the rival American Football League. Dallas then became center stage in the AFL-NFL rivalry as both the Texans and the Cowboys called the Cotton Bowl home during their three-year co-existence from ‘60-62. The Texans boasted a 15-6 regular season record at the Cotton Bowl and claimed the ‘62 AFL Championship, while the Cowboys managed just a 4-12-2 regular season home mark over the same span.
But by ‘63, it was clear that Dallas could not support two pro football teams and despite the superior record of his club, Hunt opted to move his franchise to Kansas City. In ‘66, a series of clandestine meetings between Hunt and Cowboys President Tex Schramm began, ironically, at Love Field in Dallas. Those secret talks eventually set the stage for the AFL-NFL merger as Hunt and the rest of the AFL’s “Foolish Club” were officially ushered into the NFL fold for the ‘70 season.
While Hunt unsuccessfully lobbied for a head-to-head battle between the Texans and Cowboys during their Dallas co-existence, that game will be played out on Sunday. The Chiefs will wear their Dallas Texans uniforms for the first time since the ‘62 AFL Championship Game vs. Houston (12/23/62). Meanwhile, the Cowboys will wear vintage gear from their inaugural season to celebrate this rivalry.