--These teams have met three times in the postseason, with the Dolphins winning all three in 1971, 1990 and 1994. That '71 game was the famous double-overtime Christmas Day game played at now gone Kansas City Municipal Stadium, and the '94 first-round meeting in Florida was the last game of QB Joe Montana's career.
--The last time the Chiefs beat the Dolphins it was in 2005 under some unusual circumstances. The game was scheduled for Sunday, but because of the path of a hurricane that was headed to south Florida, the NFL moved the game to Friday evening. Under the "Friday Night Lights" and with lightning crackling across the sky, the Chiefs won 30-20.
--When the Chiefs and Dolphins last met in 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium, it should have been an advantage for the home team. It was the second coldest game day in Kansas City history, with the wind chill making it feel like it was 25 below zero. It was the coldest game in Dolphins history, but they were still able to win 38-12.
--Miami general manager Jeff Ireland not only once worked for the Chiefs in their personnel department, but his stepfather is former Chiefs linebacker-center E. J. Holub, who is a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame and the only person in Super Bowl history to start games at two different positions on different sides of the line of scrimmage.
--Both head coaches in this game are products of the Bill Parcells finishing school for NFL leaders. Miami head coach Tony Sparano spent five seasons (2003-2007) with Parcells and his staff in Dallas. In three of those seasons, Sparano was joined on the staff by Chiefs head coach Todd Haley, who had six seasons working with Parcells with the Jets and Cowboys.
BY THE NUMBERS
10,568 - Number of consecutive offensive snaps C Casey Wiegmann has made for the Chiefs-Broncos-Chiefs since the 2001 season. Wiegmann has not missed a game or snap since sitting out the '01 opener with the Chiefs after surgery for appendicitis. At the Chiefs' current offensive pace, he'll end the season with more than 11,500 consecutive snaps.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I told the players beforehand: If we win this game it doesn't mean we're going to be playing in the Super Bowl; if we lose it doesn't mean we don't have a chance, But I'm very happy with the win." -- Chiefs head coach Todd Haley on beating San Diego 23-20 in overtime.
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