The Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders are set to face off in a "Sunday Night Football" matchup in the highly competitive AFC West. The two franchises first met in the inaugural AFL season and, except for the 1982 strike-shortened season, have played twice every season since. Here is one person's opinion on the five greatest games in this series, which the Chiefs lead 68-54-2.
5. Oakland Raiders 20, Dallas Texans 19
Oct. 9, 1960 — Dallas
The Texans won the first-ever meeting between the two franchises, a 34-16 win at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium. In the rematch in the Cotton Bowl, Dallas took a 7-0 halftime lead and Raiders head coach Eddie Erdelatz chewed his team out in the locker room. Maybe it did some good because fullback Jeff “Jetstream” Smith took the opening kickoff and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown as Oakland scored 20 unanswered points in the third quarter. The Texans scored two touchdowns (missing an extra point on the first one) in the fourth quarter to close the lead to 20-19 in the game's final minutes. Dallas head coach Hank Stram opted to go for two, but fullback Bo Dickinson was stopped a yard short of the end zone.
4. Kansas City Chiefs 17, Oakland Raiders 7
Jan. 4, 1970 — Oakland, Calif.
The Chiefs lost both of their regular-season matchups to the Raiders but upset the defending champion New York Jets to earn a rematch with Oakland in the last AFL title game. This was a hard-fought defensive struggle with both teams each turning the ball over four times. Tied 7-7 in the third quarter, the Raiders drove deep into Kansas City territory, but defensive back Emmitt Thomas intercepted George Blanda's pass on the Chiefs' five-yard line. Kansas City then drove 95 yards for the decisive touchdown and kicked a field goal in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
3. Oakland Raiders 17, Kansas City Chiefs 17
Nov. 1, 1970 — Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City led 17-14 and was driving late in the game when Oakland defensive end Ben Davidson speared Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson when he was already on the ground on third down. Receiver Otis Taylor came to his defense, resulting in a bench-clearing brawl. The referees called offsetting penalties and Kansas City was forced to punt. The Raiders drove into field goal range, where kicker and backup quarterback George Blanda — who was in the midst of an epic five-game streak where he was the deciding factor in each game — kicked a 48-yard field goal in the final seconds for a 17-17 tie. Oakland finished the season 8-4-2 and won the AFC West, while the Chiefs finished 7-5-2, meaning the game cost them the division. After the season, the NFL made penalties called during a play separate from those after it, meaning Kansas City would have gotten an automatic first down from Davidson's hit. The league also added sudden-death overtime for regular-season games in 1974.
2. Oakland Raiders 41, Kansas City Chiefs 38
Jan. 2, 2000 — Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City had to beat Oakland to win the AFC West and make the playoffs, while the Raiders' postseason hopes were over going into Week 17. The Chiefs found themselves in a dogfight as Oakland matched them score for score. In the third quarter, Raiders running back Tyrone Wheatley shook off six Kansas City defenders as he ran 26 yards into the end zone to put Oakland up 35-31. The Chiefs retook the lead with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Elvis Grbac to Kevin Lockett, but Joe Nedney booted a 38-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. The Raiders got the ball first and drove into field goal range, where Nedney kicked the 33-yard game-winner. Not only did this knock Kansas City out of the playoffs, but it also ended Oakland's 10-game losing streak at Arrowhead Stadium.
1. Kansas City Chiefs 35, Las Vegas Raiders 31
Nov. 22, 2020 — Las Vegas
The Raiders had handed the Chiefs their only loss of the season and looked poised to give them their second one when Derek Carr hit Jason Witten with a one-yard touchdown pass to take a 31-28 lead with 1:43 to go in this “Sunday Night Football” matchup. However, Kansas City’s explosive offense drove 75 yards in seven plays and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes hit tight end Travis Kelce for a 22-yard touchdown with 28 seconds left. The Chiefs went on to finish the season at 14-2, while Las Vegas imploded and finished 8-8.
— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.