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Chiefs vs Titans - Game 15

Posted Dec 21, 2010

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (9-5)
VS TENNESSEE TITANS (6-8)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM (CENTRAL)
NEW ARROWHEAD - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

BROADCAST INFORMATION
CBS Regional Coverage
KCTV5 (CBS in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Bill Macatee - Color Commentator: Rich Gannon

National Radio Coverage
KCFX-FM Westwood One
Play-by-play: John Tautges Color Commentator: Tony Boselli

Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network
KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus Color Commentator: Len Dawson Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon

THE MATCH-UP
The Chiefs are seeking to register a 10-win season for the fi rst time since 2005 as Kansas City hosts Tennessee on Sunday (12/26). Kansas City will attempt to register seven or more victories in a season at Arrowhead for the seventh time in team history. Kansas City joins Atlanta and New England as the only remaining undefeated teams at home this season.

Kansas City is coming off a 27-13 win at St. Louis (12/19) as the Chiefs swept their four contests against NFC foes. Under Head Coach Todd Haley, the Chiefs have made a five-game improvement in the win column at 9-5 after finishing the 2009 campaign at 4-12. That mark ties as the biggest one-year turnaround in team history. Hank Stram led the ’62 Dallas Texans to the franchise’s first AFL title and an 11-3 regular season mark after going 6-8 in ’61. Dick Vermeil guided the Chiefs to a 13-3 mark and an AFC West title in 2003 after the club finished 8-8 in 2002.

The Chiefs and Steelers have allowed 14 points or less in an NFL-high seven contests. Kansas City owns a 7-0 mark in those games. The Chiefs have permitted a league-low 12.2 ppg in their six home contests and have limited all of those foes to 20 points or less. KC will face a Tennessee squad that snapped a six-game losing streak with a 31-17 victory vs. Houston (12/19). The Titans have outscored their foes by an average margin of 33.2 to 14.8 in their six victories.

The Chiefs lead the NFL in rushing (168.6 ypg) thanks to the most productive running back duo in the league. No pair of teammates own more combined rushing yards than the 2,131 racked up by RBs Jamaal Charles (1,303) and Thomas Jones (828). Last week, Jones became the 25th player in NFL history and only the third active player to reach the 10,000-yard rushing plateau. The Chiefs registered 210 rushing yards against the Rams, marking the sixth time that KC has topped the 200-yard plateau in a game this season. Charles ranks third in the NFL in rushing and leads all NFL running backs (min. 100 atts.) with a 6.4 yards per carry average.

Tennessee owns a dynamic rusher of its own in RB Chris Johnson, who ranks fourth in the league with 1,267 rushing yards and is tied for third in the NFL with 11 rushing TDs. Johnson led the NFL with a franchise-record 2,006 yards in 2009 and has posted eight 100-yard rushing games this season. Rookie WR Marc Mariani owns a kickoff return TD and a punt return TD this year. Next week Kansas City concludes the regular season with a home contest vs. Oakland (1/2), while Tennessee travels to Indianapolis (1/2).

THE SERIES
The Chiefs own a 27-20 edge in 47 regular and postseason games played between these two original AFL franchises, including a 2-0 mark in postseason play. Kansas City’s 27 wins against Tennessee are the club’s most against any non-division opponent except for the Seattle Seahawks, who played in the AFC West for 25 years (’77-01). The Chiefs have never lost three straight home games vs. the Titans, who have produced a 34-10 win (10/19/08) and a 26-17 victory (12/16/07) at Arrowhead.

Kansas City has won five of the last eight games against the Titans/Oilers dating back to a win in the ’93 AFC Divisional Playoffs. The Chiefs won a 49-38 shootout on Monday Night Football in the most recent contest in this series at LP Field (12/14/04). The Chiefs won seven straight games in this series from ’68-74 when the club was stationed in Houston. Kansas City also registered a four-game victory string from ’93-96, including a postseason contest.

Kansas City broke a string of four straight losses against Houston with a thrilling 24-19 win in a ’93 AFC Divisional Playoff tilt, the final NFL postseason contest ever staged at the Astrodome (1/16/94). The red-hot Oilers had won 11 straight regular season games to close the ’94 regular season behind QB Warren Moon, but the Chiefs rallied for 21 fourth-quarter points thanks to QB Joe Montana, RB Marcus Allen and a stifling defense that sacked Moon 9.0 times in KC’s most recent playoff win. The Chiefs then proceeded to win three straight regular season meetings with the then-Oilers in ’94, ’95 and ’96.

By far the most dramatic clash between these two clubs came in the ’62 AFL Championship Game when the Dallas Texans prevailed 20-17 in a double- OT thriller over the Houston Oilers. Texans K Tommy Brooker ended a 17-17 stalemate with a 35-yard FG to give the franchise the fi rst of its three AFL titles. At 77 minutes and 54 seconds, that contest still ranks as the second-longest game in NFL history.

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