will be in the Central Time Zone, and only the 8th time since the merger that neither of them will be in the Eastern Time Zone. As was noted on Cartier, this is the first time the Chiefs ever have hosted a championship game, and neither of the only other AFC teams in the Central Time Zone (Titans/Oilers and Texans) have hosted one in the Super Bowl era. The Oilers hosted AFL title games in 1960 and 1962.
They were the first and the fourth Super Bowls, winning the fourth, but since then, absolutely nuthin’. Those were some really good teams coached by Hank Stram back in those days, with a defense captained by Jim Lynch who captained the ‘66 ND team. The rivalry with the Raiders (coached by young John Madden and with another ND great, the Mad Bomber Daryle Lamonica) was one of the best in football,
As well as the playoff win over the Jets in 1969. The franchise’s first home playoff game was also the final football game ever played at Municipal Stadium — the Christmas Day 1971 marathon against Miami, when Jan Stenarud uncharacteristically missed a game-winning FG in the final minute and the Chiefs lost the game in double OT (Miami never had led up until then). If KC had won that game, they’d have hosted Baltimore for the AFC Championship. Instead, their hosting duties were deferred another 47 years.
the old Dallas Texans of the AFL were also pretty good. The Hank Stram-coached Texans won the 1962 AFL championship in their third year of existance when they beat the Houston Oilers (the game was played in Houston IIRC--even back then, the Texans didn't play for a championship in their own stadium). Lamar Hunt moved the team to KC the next year, and years later--by now the leagues had merged--the Oilers moved to Tennessee.
One of the first Denver Bronco games I saw in person was a game against the Dallas Texans in the old Bears Stadium (the Bears were the Denver AAA baseball club in the old American Association). It was the inaugural season for the AFL (1960). The Texans featured Abner Haynes, who won the rushing title in the AFL, I think. He was really good. Ironically, the team that beat out the Texans for the AFL Western Division title were the Los Angeles Chargers, destined to become the San Diego Chargers the next year. If you're really old, and you are, you'll remember that the 1960 Texans featured Jim Crotty, former ND halfback, as one of its players.