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Kansas City-Houston sports showdowns aren’t frequent but are intense

Quarterback Joe Montana led the Chiefs to a playoff victory over the Houston Oilers after the 1993 season.
Quarterback Joe Montana led the Chiefs to a playoff victory over the Houston Oilers after the 1993 season. jledford@kcstar.com

Pro sports teams from Kansas City and Houston don’t meet often enough to have developed any sense of rivalry.

But with Tuesday’s decisive Game 5 in the American League Division Series between the Royals and Astros, they will have met in an elimination series in all of the major sports on the Kansas City sports scene — and one that is no longer part of the mix.

The most recent pro sports ill will between Kansas City and Houston played out on the pitch. Three times during 2007-12, the Dynamo went through Sporting Kansas City in the MLS Cup Playoffs before Sporting prevailed in 2013 on its way to the Cup.

The Chiefs’ last playoff victory occurred in Houston, so long ago that the team wasn’t the Texans but the Oilers. Like the Royals’ game on Monday, that playoff game played out in comeback fashion, with the Chiefs trailing by six early in the fourth quarter before rallying behind quarterback Joe Montana for the 28-20 victory in the 1993 season.

Their first championship meeting? The 1981 NBA Western Conference finals matched the Houston Rockets and the Kansas City Kings.

The Rockets of Moses Malone and Calvin Murphy prevailed in five games over the Kings of Reggie King, Scott Wedman and Sam Lacey. It marked the deepest playoff run of the Kings’ 13 seasons in Kansas City.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

RIVALRY GAMES

Game 5 tonight in the AL Division Series isn’t the first time that Kansas City and Houston teams have collided with something on the line. Here are some KC-Houston clashes in four different sports:

Years

Sport

Teams

Series

Games/score

2015

Baseball

Royals-Astros

AL Division Series

2-2

The Royals rallied and won 9-6 in Game 4 after trailing by four runs in the eighth.

2007-13

Soccer

Sporting KC-Dynamo

MLS Cup Playoff

Dynamo 3-1 in series

The conference series produced MLS champions in 2007 (Houston) and 2013 (KC).

1993

Football

Chiefs-Oilers

AFC Division Playoff

Chiefs 28-20

KC quarterback Joe Montana outdueled Houston’s Warren Moon.

1981

Basketball

Rockets- Kings

NBA Western Finals

Rockets 4-1

The Kings had no answer for Moses Malone (27.2 ppg). Few teams did

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