The Tennessee Titans are coming to play the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round for their third postseason matchup between the teams.
There is plenty of history between the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs dating all the way back to 1960. The teams have faced each other 51 times since then and the Chiefs hold the better series record at 29-22. While they have met in the playoffs twice before now, this will be the first time since both teams are in their current cities.
The first time the two teams met in the postseason was in 1962, the year before the Chiefs moved to Kansas City and when the Titans were not yet in Tennessee. That game was the Dallas Texans (Chiefs) and the Houston Oilers (Titans). The Chiefs (Texans) won this game in double overtime 20-17, resulting in an AFL Championship.
The second meeting was in 1994 in the divisional round of the playoffs when the Chiefs traveled to Houston to take on the Oilers. While the Chiefs defense was able to bring down quarterback Warren Moon 9 times that game, the Oilers were able to keep it close before losing 28-20. Chiefs quarterback Joe Montana threw for 299 yards along with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
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The Chiefs have the victories in the playoffs against the Titans but lately, the Titans have won most games in the series against Kansas City. Tennessee has won four of the last six games against the Chiefs dating back to 2007. Since the move to Tennessee, the Titans have gone 4-1 against the Chiefs when traveling to Kansas City.
The Chiefs have not done well in the playoffs when playing at home either. Everyone knows about Arrowhead Stadium being the loudest outdoor sports stadium in the world, but that hasn’t been enough losing their last five home games. The last home playoff game won by the Chiefs was against the Steelers in 1994 the week before the second playoff matchup between these two teams.
Since coming to Kansas City in 2013, head coach Andy Reid is 1-2 against the Titans. Both losses came at home and both times the Chiefs offense was unable to put up more than 17 points. They will have to play better offense if they want to come out victorious and move onto the divisional round of the playoffs. The Titans have had their own issues this season giving up more points than they’ve scored this season.
If the Chiefs win against the Titans on Saturday afternoon they will improve their matchup record in the postseason to 3-0 all time. They will also improve their home games against the Titans to 19-10 all time.