Because Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this season, most of the NFL games will be moved to Saturday. However, there will be two games that will be played on Sunday. The Ravens and Steelers collide at 4:30 in Pittsburgh and the Broncos and Chiefs take the stage at 8:30 in Kansas City. These games will mark the first time the NFL has played on Christmas since 2011.
As a matter of fact, through the years, there have been only 17 games played on Christmas Day (or night), with two of them being playoff games.
So here’s our list of the Top 5 NFL Games on Christmas Day.
5.) 2009: San Diego Chargers 42, Tennessee Titans 17
There was nothing really much to see except the play when Titans running back Chris Johnson ran for 142 yards and went over 100 yards rushing for the 10th straight game. Johnson finished 2009 with 2,006 yards over all, one of only seven players to pass the 2,000 yard mark in a season. The Chargers were in the midst of a fine season under Norv Turner and quarterback Phillip Rivers. With the exception of the exploits of Johnson, the Titans suffered under Vince Young. This game knocked Tennessee out of playoff contention.
4.) 2011: Green Bay Packers 35, Chicago Bears 21
Anytime you have one of the best rivalries in the NFL on Christmas, it has to be listed. The Bears and Packers faced off for the second time on Christmas Day–the first time was 2005. This game came less than a year after the two met for the 2010 NFC Title at Soldier Field. This one, which was played a Lambeau Field, was close until midway through the third when the Packers scored touchdowns on three straight possessions to seal the win. Aaron Rodgers tossed five TD’s that night leading the defending Super Bowl champs to the win. Rodgers went on to have one of the best ever seasons with 45 TD passes and was the NFL’s MVP. The following video is all I could find. It is a couple of fans in the stands celebrating after Rodgers throws number 45.
3.) 2004: Kansas City Chiefs 31, Oakland Raiders 30
The Kansas City-Oakland rivalry has always been one of the most underrated in NFL history. It began back when the two teams were in the AFL and continued after the 1970 merger with the NFL. Former Falcons star and Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez caught 11 passes in this game for 124 yards and two touchdowns. But the final verdict was not settled until Chiefs place kicker Lawrence Tynes, who had missed two earlier attempts, hit a 38-yard game-winning field goal with 22 seconds to go.
2.) 2010: Arizona Cardinals 27, Dallas Cowboys 26
This Christmas match-up featured two teams with losing records, but that did not diminish the excitement for this game. The Cardinals opened up a 21-3 lead, but a touchdown reception by Miles Austin with 1:41 to go in the game, put the Cowboys ahead 26-24. However, the Cowboys David Buehler missed the extra point and the Cardinals stormed down the field to position Jay Feely for a 48-yard game-winning field goal with five seconds left.
1.) 1971 – Miami Dolphins 27, Kansas City Chiefs, 24 (2 OT)
It is still the longest game in NFL history. Lasting 82 minutes and 40 seconds, the game went 7:40 into a second overtime before Garo Yepremian kicked a 37-yard field goal for the game winner. However, the star of this game was the great Ed Podolak of Kansas City. He rushed for 85 yards, piled up 110 yards receiving and gained another 154 yards in kick returns. A 349 all-purpose yard day. Oh, he also had two touchdowns in the losing effort.