Due to being in competing Leagues the first 10 years that these two teams fielded professional football they did not face each other. The first time they did face was in 1970 after the merger that quite honestly is the main reason why football is the king of sports today. The game was played in Kansas City on October 25th, and was won by the Cowboys 26-17. The Cowboys lead the all time series 6-3. They are 4-1 when playing in Dallas. The teams are 2-2 in Kansas City.
I mentioned earlier that the founders of both franchises were the sons of oil magnates who were implicated in the assassination of President Kennedy. That tragic event took place on Friday November 22, 1963 in Dealey Plaza in Dallas. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the tragedy and by a strange coincidence the 22nd once again falls on a Friday. The last time these two teams played was 2009 in Kansas City. The game went to overtime, and the Cowboys won 26-20 with Miles Austin having a coming out party where he set the Cowboys all time record for receiving yards in a game.
Back then it was intended for the team to switch home fields each time the NFC and AFC play. Even though the Texans had left the Dallas metroplex in 1963 when Kennedy was assassinated, I was always eyeing that November 22nd date as the date for the Chiefs to come play in Dallas. The NFL messed up that plan when they deemed that teams shouldn’t have to make 2 west coast travels in a given season for inter-conference games and switched the Chiefs and the Raiders around so we face the Chiefs on the road again only 4 years after our last meeting there. Though it was a Friday and we haven’t played a game on Friday since the 1999 season, I sort of hoped the 2 teams who kicked off professional football in Dallas would play that game on that date and have a tribute to the History.
Alas it wasn’t meant to be. Both teams are looking to start the season 2-0. Dallas has not done this since the 2008 season. Kansas City last did it in 2010. Andy Reid is the 13th Head Coach in the Chiefs History. Two of the former Head Coaches for the Chiefs had stints as Assistant Coaches in Dallas, they are John Mackovic and Todd Haley. Both teams had tragedy strike them in 2012. Dallas lost a Practice Squad player, Linebacker Jerry Brown in an alcohol related car crash. The Chiefs suffered an even worse nightmare when Linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend, then took his own life at the Chiefs complex. These two tragedies were a week apart and greatly affected three current Cowboys, Edgar Jones, Brandon Carr, and Brian Waters. In fact Waters, who was out of football in 2012, was brought in by the Chiefs to counsel and comfort his former teammates.
Anthony Fasano is currently the only current Chiefs player with former ties to the Cowboys. The game will be on the calendar date of September 15th. Just like their 6-3 mark against the Chiefs, the Cowboys are 6-3 on that calendar date. I am all for keeping this symmetrical at 7-3 for both marks. Lamar Hunt died on December 13, 2006. He left the team to his 4 children who collectively decided that Clark Hunt would take over ownership responsibilities for the franchise. That too is closely associated with how the Cowboys will likely be transferred when Jerry Jones passes away some day, and like Lamar Hunt, Jerry will probably join him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Two visionaries who changed the game forever.