Kansas City Chiefs Fan Friday: In-State Rivalry Breakdown
It’s been know as the I-70 series and the Battle for Missouri.
Kansas City and Saint Louis are separated by nearly 250 miles, but the hatred between the teams are separated only by inches on the field every NFL season. The Kansas City Chiefs occupy western Missouri and the St. Louis Rams are located on the east side. The great state of Missouri has had an NFL team since 1960 since the St. Louis Cardinals played there from 1960 until leaving in 1987.
Every year from 1968 to 1987 the Chiefs and Cardinals faced off in an annual preseason game. Of course preseason games don’t count, but they do matter to fans, media and players. During this 20 season stretch the Chiefs posted a 13-6-1 record against the Cardinals. The tie came in 1971. Because the Cardinals and Chiefs played in separate conferences they would only play each other once every four seasons for a total of five match-ups. These games were fierce and usually closely decided. The Chiefs hold a 3-1-1 advantage against their in state rival Cardinals.
The rivalry came to an end in 1988 when the Cardinals left for Arizona the previous off season. However a new rivalry in Missouri was about to begin.
The Rams left Los Angeles for St. Louis in 1995 and thus a new rivalry was born. This rivalry halted a seven year gap and was now known as “The Governors Cup.” This rivalry is much closer and evenly matched than the previous Cardinals-Chiefs rivalry. The Chiefs and Rams have met almost every preseason since 1996 for a grand total of 14 match-ups. The Rams lead the preseason nine games to five. No preseason match-up in 2000 occurred because of a scheduled regular season date that year.
The Rams may have the preseason advantage, but the Chiefs hold a huge edge in the regular season. The Chiefs are undefeated (5-0) against the St. Louis Rams all time in regular season play. The total head to head match-up against the St. Louis Rams is currently 10-9 Chiefs.
Many notable moments have come from this rivalry. In 2000 when the Rams were coming off a Super Bowl season the Chiefs broke the Rams’ dreams. The Rams were undefeated at 6-0 and were the “greatest show on turf.” The Chiefs dismantled the Rams 54-34 at Arrowhead stadium just after Missouri’s governor Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash a week earlier. Because of league realignment and the addition of new teams the Chiefs and Rams would play each other again two years later in 2002. The Chiefs put up 49 points largely thanks to Dante Hall‘s two special teams touchdowns and the Chiefs defense that shut down Marshall Faulk to just 13 yards.
The Chiefs lead their in state rivals 26-16-2 total.
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