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Column - Brad Kuhbander

KUHBANDER: This Week in Chiefs History

Oct 19, 2007, 1:49:11 PM by Brad Kuhbander

OCTOBER 13 – 19

montanaIn a game billed as Montana vs. Elway, the two lead characters did not disappoint the Monday Night Football television audience. Chiefs QB Joe Montana led the 3-2 Chiefs into Mile High Stadium to face John Elway and the 1-4 Denver Broncos. The Denver signal caller performed some of his late-game magic on October 17, 1994, but it was the Chiefs quarterback who stole the show.

The two teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 21-21 as Montana and Elway both had two TD passes. Kansas City broke through first in the fourth quarter as Montana completed three straight passes to move the club from the Chiefs 32-yard line to the Denver four-yard line. An offensive holding penalty moved the team back 10 yards, forcing the Chiefs to settle for a 19-yard K Lin Elliolt field goal.

Denver started to regain the momentum as it drove for a possible, game-winning touchdown drive, but the Chiefs defense came up with a huge stop. Elway completed a seven-yard pass to TE Shannon Sharpe, but the All-Pro tight end fumbled the football and LB George Jamison recovered the loose pigskin for the Chiefs.

Just when it appeared as Kansas City would run out the clock behind Montana and RB Marcus Allen, the horror of Mile High Stadium reappeared. On the Chiefs first play of the ensuing possession, Allen took a handoff and took a hard shot from Denver DT Ted Washington. The force of the hit caused the Chiefs running back to fumble and Denver LB Karl Mecklenberg recovered the ball for the Broncos.

The Kansas City turnover put the Broncos in position for Elway to execute one of his game-winning drives. The possession started with two running plays before the Broncos Hall of Fame single-caller hit WR Anthony Miller for a 15-yard gain to move Denver down to the five-yard line. Elway capped the drive with a four-yard scamper up the middle for a touchdown to give Denver a 28-24 lead.

But 1:29 remained on the clock and Montana was no stranger to late-game magic himself. He hit Allen for an eight-yard pass and then Allen knocked off a 10-yard run. FB Kimble Anders then caught an 11-yard pass before adeptly sidestepping a Denver defender to out of bounds with 29 seconds remaining to stop the clock. Rookie WR Tracy Greene was on the receiving end of a 19-yard completion from Montana down the middle of the field before taking a crushing hit from Broncos S Steve Atwater, but held onto the ball.

After calling their final timeout of the game, the Chiefs turned to Montana who executed the play to perfection from the Broncos five-yard line. He found WR Willie Davis in the right flat who contorted his body to get inside the front pylon. The stadium suddenly grew quiet as the score gave the Chiefs a 31-28 victory to end an 11-game losing streak in Denver.

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The opinions offered in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the Kansas City Chiefs.


A seven-year veteran of the Chiefs, Kuhbander is Kansas City's Manager of Football Information. As the club's in-house "stats guru," he coordinates statistical research for the club's coaching staff and executives, in addition to performing a variety of other functions for the Public Relations Department. Every week he contributes a "Stat of the Week" and a "This Week in Chiefs History" segment for kcchiefs.com.