Sunday’s game between the Chiefs and Broncos is the first in 44 years — and fifth in NFL history — between clubs with records of 9-0 and 8-1 or better.
The last such matchup was in 1969, when the 11-0 Los Angeles Rams lost 20-13 to the 10-1 Minnesota Vikings, who played in the Super Bowl later that season. Two weeks earlier, the 9-0 Rams edged the 8-1 Dallas Cowboys by a 24-23 score.
In 1934, the 11-0 Chicago Bears defeated the 10-1 Detroit Lions 19-16 on a 2-yard touchdown pass from future Hall of Famer Bronko Nagurski to Bill Hewitt late in the fourth quarter. The Bears posted a 13-0 regular-season record before losing the NFL Championship Game 30-13 to the New York Giants.
And in 1929, the 9-0 Green Bay Packers, behind Bo Molenda — who threw a touchdown pass, ran for another score and kicked two extra points — defeated the 8-0-1 New York Giants 20-9. The 1929 Packers won the NFL championship with a 12-0-1 record.