Kansas City Chiefs: Today Marks 45th Anniversary Of Team’s Last Super Bowl Win


Aug 2, 2014; Canton, OH, USA; Willie Lanier waves to the crowd at the TimkenSteel Grand Parade on Cleveland Avenue in advance of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re anything like me, watching the NFL playoffs is nauseating. The fact that the Kansas City Chiefs trampled over the AFC and NFC favorites but lost to two bottom-feeders is a special kind of infuriating.

It just so happens that today also marks the 45th anniversary of Kansas City’s last Super Bowl win.

Obviously, that’s depressing. No fanbase’s “glory days” should date back to Tricky Dick and the Year of the Microwave.

On the bright side, though, it reaffirms one thing:

Entering the game, the Chiefs were 12-point underdogs to the Minnesota Vikings.

However, thanks to three field goals from the Hall of Fame foot of Jan Stenerud and a five-yard touchdown run by the illustrious Mike Garrett (?), Kansas City toted a 16-0 halftime lead.

The Vikings tacked seven on the scoreboard in the third, but a 46-yard touchdown reception by Otis Taylor sealed a 23-7 win for Kansas City.

Though Len Dawson (12-of-17, 142 YDS, TD, INT) was MVP, the Chiefs defense dictated the outcome. The group combined for three sacks (one by Buck Buchanan), three interceptions (one each for Willie Lanier and Emmitt Thomas) and two fumble recoveries.

One day, the trophy will return to Kansas City. And on that day, I’ll throw up the Spock salute, beam myself to P&L and wave my walker in the air with unadulterated joy.