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Fireworks lit the sky and fans cheered as a full-field American Flag was unfurled during pregame ceremonies Thursday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Fireworks lit the sky and fans cheered as a full-field American Flag was unfurled during pregame ceremonies Thursday at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City Star

What is the Chiefs’ record in Thursday night games? It seems like they frequently lose.

With Denver’s 31-24 victory at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs have now lost three of their last four games on Thursday night, dating back to 2012.

But overall, Kansas City’s record on Thursdays – the day teams least like to play on – is above .500 at 6-5.

The Chiefs won their Thursday night debut in 1985 as they beat the Los Angeles Raiders 36-20 in a Week 2 matchup at Arrowhead. The game, shown on ABC, was part of an occasional NFL game on Thursday night in the 80s.

Primetime games were rare for the Chiefs during the moribund ’80s. The game on Sept. 12, 1985 was one of only two night games the team played from 1978 until 1989.

In the late ’90s the Chiefs won their next three Thursday night games, always scheduled in October during a week where one of the networks – usually TNT – would move a game to avoid a Sunday night conflict with the World Series.

Kansas City lost its next two Thursday night games, both in 2001. One was a regularly-scheduled game against Philadelphia the week after Thanksgiving, while the Oct. 25 matchup against the Colts got rearranged following the Sept. 11 attacks to again accommodate the World Series.

In 2006, the Chiefs ushered in the new NFL Network television contract with the league’s first primetime Thanksgiving game – a 19-10 home win over Denver.

Since 2012 the league has mandated that each team plays at least once on Thursday. The Chiefs are 1-3 in those games, with 2015 being the first home game of that series.

Joshua Wood

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