MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – Baltimore Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs – 9/28/70
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Lew Dawson, Howard Cosell, Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas
Kansas City Chiefs 44, Baltimore Colts 24
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93. Chiefs beat Colts on second-ever MNF game (1970)
In 1970, ABC and the National Football League decided to try a daring new venture, Monday Night Football. The idea was that people would love to come home from a hard day and work at watch the game. This was also well before the days of satellite dishes, so it was another way to put a great game in front of someone who was outside the local mark. The first contest featured the Cleveland Browns hosting the New York Jets, but the second was a matchup of the Baltimore Colts and Kansas City Chiefs in Maryland.
Kansas City absolutely pummeled the eventual world champions at Municipal Stadium, embarrassing Johnny Unitas and Co. The Chiefs, who were fresh off a Super Bowl IV win, were expected to lose to the NFL team, but instead beat them going away, 44-24. Kansas City was leading 31-0 in the second quarter, led by Len Dawson, who threw for four touchdowns and completed 75 percent of his passes. The Chiefs recorded five interceptions on their way to an upset win.
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