The Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs have played 26 times with the Chiefs holding a 13-11-2 edge. The two teams have never met in the playoffs and have played two overtime games. The most famous was in 1989 when former Browns head coach Marty Schottenheimer returned to Cleveland after being fired the previous season by the Browns. Schottenheimer would go on to record the second-most wins in the NFL in the 1990s.
The Chiefs were founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans of the old AFL. In 1963, the team moved to Kansas City and changed their name to the Chiefs. Prior to the AFL/NFL merger in 1970, the Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, the last AFL team to defeat an NFL team in the AFL – NFL Championship Game. After having early success in the postseason, winning their first six playoff games, they struggled. Between 1993 and 2017, the Chiefs lost 10/11 playoff games including eight in a row. Kansas City broke a 50-year championship drought with last year’s Super Bowl win. Currently, the Browns have a three-game losing streak to the Chiefs and in the series history, that’s the longest streak by either team.
The last win by the Browns in Kansas City came on December 2, 2009, and it featured two record setting individual efforts. “Mr. Everything,” Josh Cribbs broke the NFL career record and tied the single-game record for kickoff returns for touchdowns, while Browns running back Jerome Harrison broke the team record for rushing yards in a game held by Hall of Famer RB Jim Brown. Cribbs had returns of 100 and 103 yards and Harrison had 286 yards rushing. Jim Brown had held the mark of 237 yards, which he set in 1957 and 1961. The game was a back and forth affair where special teams and the ground game were highlighted. Browns starting quarterback Brady Quinn only passed for 66 yards. After Cribbs’ first return of 100 yards, the Browns led 10-3 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Browns special teams committed a major blunder. Browns long snapper Ryan Pontbriand botched the punt snap and the Chiefs recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown giving them a 24-13 lead. On the following kickoff, Cribbs got the Browns back in the game with his 103-yard return making it 24-20 Chiefs at the half. At the beginning of the third quarter, Harrison ripped off a 71 yard run for a touchdown putting the Browns up 27-24. Late in the game with the score tied at 34, Harrison did it again. With 52 seconds left, he ran 21 yards for his third touchdown of the game. Browns 41, Chiefs 34. Here are the highlights, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nYFhcb3oZM.
The last time the Browns beat the Chiefs came on December 9, 2012. This game featured familiar faces on the Chiefs. The Chiefs were coached by former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel and their starting quarterback was Brady Quinn. The game also had record-setting performances by two Browns rookies. The two Browns players who shined during this game were wide receiver Travis Benjamin and running back Trent Richardson. Benjamin had a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown, breaking the record set by Eric Metcalf and Richardson tied Jim Brown’s rookie record for rushing touchdowns in a season. The game started on a bad note when Chief’s running back Jamal Charles ran for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play of the game. However, it was all Browns after that. The Browns scored 30 unanswered points for the 30-7 win. Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was 17 of 30 for 217 yards and the Browns leading receiver was Josh Gordon who had eight catches for 86 yards. Here are the highlights, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfYHGqtGJ80.
As the Browns prepare to play the Chiefs this Sunday, they are again trying to break a losing streak to an opponent. Let’s hope for some more team records to be broken and a former Chief, RB Kareem Hunt, plays a major role.