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The Bitter Chiefs and Raiders Rivalry Sparked Hatred, Rule Change

The Kansas City Chiefs have one loss this season. That came during Week 5 when the Las Vegas Raiders outlasted the Chiefs 40-32. According to Chiefs coach Andy Reid, the Raiders took a victory lap, via bus, around Arrowhead Stadium after the game to celebrate. Welcome to the heated Chiefs and Raiders rivalry.

The Chiefs and Raiders rivalry is heating up

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Rivalries become bitter rivalries when both teams are competitive. The Las Vegas Raiders are 6-3 and have put themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt after struggling in recent years. The Raiders are responsible for Kansas City’s lone loss this season, defeating the Chiefs on their home field last month.

The Chiefs and Raiders rivalry goes back nearly 60 years ago. Both franchises have very devoted fans and the rivalry picked up again after the Raiders’ win in Week 5. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders’ bus circled Arrowhead Stadium after the victory. Chiefs coach Andy Reid addressed it Monday. “They won the game, so they can do anything they want to do,” Reid said. “That’s not our style, but we’ll get ourselves back ready to play. That’s where we’re at.”

Raiders coach Jon Gruden was asked if he thought the Raiders were providing bulletin-board material by driving around the stadium. “Not really,” Gruden said. “I mean, you can find the smart aleck bus driver in Kansas City who made some snide comments when we got on the bus, maybe that’s why we drove around the stadium – just to tick him off.”

The rivalry has become full of hatred

Back in 2009, Oakland Raiders fan Clifford Trammell filed a lawsuit against the Kansas City Chiefs, claiming he was punched and thrown down two rows of seats during a brawl between Chiefs and Raiders fans at Arrowhead Stadium. According to Business Insurance, Trammell claimed Chiefs security didn’t do anything to prevent the attack. Trammell alleged one security officer said, that “is what you get for wearing that (stuff),” referring to the Raiders gear he was wearing.

The hatred wasn’t limited to the fans. Back in the early days of the rivalry, the players weren’t overly fond of each other either. It continued throughout the rivalry and the coaches, one in particular, had no respect for the Raiders.

Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer believed the Raiders were a bunch of cheap-shot artists. He felt the Raiders’ management was arrogant and disrespectful to the NFL. “I have always just been very uncomfortable about the fact that the Raiders management has continued to steadfastly feel as though they’re better than the rest,” Schottenheimer said in 2010, according to KansasCity.com.

That hatred led to a major rule change

In 1970, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders met in a heated game that ended in a bench-clearing brawl. The Chiefs were ahead 17-14 very late in the game and were prepared to run out the clock. Quarterback Len Dawson just secured a first down on a keeper, but Raiders defensive end Ben Davidson speared Dawson when he was down.

Chiefs wide receiver Otis Taylor retaliated and ignited a bench-clearing brawl. When the dust settled, the officials announced that offsetting penalties negated Dawson’s first down. The Chiefs were then forced to punt. Oakland came down and booted a field goal and the game ended in a 17-17 tie. The Raiders wound up winning the division by one game.

Because of this incident, the NFL has changed its rule. The rule today would’ve had the offsetting penalties coming after the play, meaning Dawson’s first down would have counted and the Chiefs could have still run out the clock.