via press release:
FROM BRONKO TO BRONCOS: 9-0 CHIEFS VISIT 8-1 BRONCOS ON NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Winningest Late-Season Matchup in 44 Years; Fifth 9-0 vs. 8-1-or-Better Matchup in NFL History
Can Peyton Manning or Alex Smith Match Bronko Nagurski’s 4th Quarter Heroics 80 Seasons Ago in 11-0 Bears Win over 10-1 Lions?
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 12, 2013 – When NFL passing leader and four-time MVP Peyton Manning and the 8-1 Denver Broncos host Alex Smith and the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs this weekend on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, the meeting will be a matchup of historic significance.
This contest between AFC West rivals is the first in 44 years – and the fifth in NFL history – between clubs with records of 9-0 and 8-1 or better.
Following is a look at the first four such matchups in NFL history:
- In 1969, the 11-0 Los Angeles Rams lost 20-13 to the 10-1 Minnesota Vikings, who played in the Super Bowl later that season. Two weeks earlier, the 9-0 Rams edged the 8-1 Dallas Cowboys by a 24-23 score.
- Eighty seasons ago, the Chicago Bears (11–0) defeated the Detroit Lions (10–1) on November 29, 1934 at University of Detroit Stadium, 19–16, on a two-yard touchdown pass from Bronko Nagurski to Bill Hewitt late in the fourth quarter. The Bears posted a 13-0 regular-season record before losing the NFL Championship Game 30-13 to the New York Giants. Nagurski was a 1963 charter enshrinee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while Hewitt was inducted in 1971.
- On November 24, 1929, the Green Bay Packers (9-0) behind Bo Molenda – who threw a touchdown pass, ran for another score and kicked two extra points – defeated the New York Giants (8-0-1) at the Polo Grounds. The 1929 Packers won the NFL championship with a 12-0-1 record.