The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the more impressive teams in the American Football League of the 1960’s. They were primarily known as a passing team during those days, thanks in large part to the wide open offense of head coach Hank Stram and the strong arm of quarterback Len Dawson. On October 23rd, 1966 the Chiefs though found another way to win when they defeated the Denver Broncos 56-10.
The Chiefs dominated from start to finish that day, going up 21-3 at halftime and adding another 35 points in the second half. Future Hall of Famer Len Dawson completed 12 passes on 20 attempts for 215 yards and two touchdowns that day, but it was the team’s running performance that makes this game stick out.
Six different men carried the ball for the Chiefs that day. Quarterback Len Dawson ran the ball one time for 18 yards. Pete Beathard rushed the ball three times for 64 yards and one touchdown. Gene Thomas ran the ball six times for 53 yards and one touchdown. Curtis MClinton carried the ball seven times for 43 yards. Mike Garrett had 11 carries for 91 yards. Bert Coan had the biggest performance, rushing 13 times for 111 yards and three touchdowns. As a team, the Chiefs had 41 carries for 380 yards and five touchdowns. That means they averaged 9.27 yards per carry that day.
This was a rushing performance unlike anyother and one that lives on as one of the best games in Chiefs history.