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Column - Brad Kuhbander

KUHBANDER: This Week in Chiefs History

Nov 02, 2007, 11:16:23 AM by Brad Kuhbander


Kansas City QB Len Dawson enjoyed one of his finest hours as a professional athlete when he threw for a Chiefs single-game record six touchdown passes vs. Denver on November 1, 1964. On an unseasonably warm afternoon, Dawson continued his assault on the Chiefs record and came with one touchdown pass of tying the NFL record. Only five players have ever thrown for seven scoring strikes in a game in NFL history.

The Chiefs signal-caller dropped back to pass on the game’s first four plays and knew immediately a big day was possible. After only two snaps, the Kansas City offense was down to the Denver 25-yard line after starting on their own 25-yard line and Dawson had 46 passing yards. He completed the drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass to TE Fred Arbansas as the Chiefs took a 7-0 lead.

Dawson continued to stay hot on the Chiefs third offensive series of the game as he completed four of five passes on the five-play drive. He hit E Chris Burford and Arbansas to start the drive before finding RB Curtis McClinton for a 34-yard catch. It was only fitting that Dawson found his running back all alone in the end zone for a one-yard scoring pass and a 14-0 Chiefs lead.

After a Denver field goal, Dawson came right back to throw his third TD pass of the afternoon. This time he found McClinton in the flat and the running back did the rest of the work. McClinton ran untouched down the sideline for a 66-yard touchdown.

The Broncos cut the Chiefs lead to 21-10, but T/K Dick Guesman missed a 35-yard field goal that could have trimmed Kansas City’s lead further. Dawson responded to the Broncos missed opportunity to fire his fourth touchdown pass of the first half. Burford snuck behind Denver’s secondary to snare a six-yard touchdown catch, his second of the first half.

The halftime break did nothing to slow the torrid pace Dawson was on as it took him two plays into the second half to add to his total. He found RB Abner Haynes for a 28-yard touchdown pass on his first attempt after intermission. The score increased the Chiefs lead to 35-10.

Dawson found Arbanas for a 13-yard gain on a third-and-12 to keep a third-quarter drive moving. He then hit WR/HB Frank Jackson for a 35-yard touchdown pass, his sixth scoring connection of the game. The score gave the Chiefs a 42-10 lead as they held on for a 49-39 victory.

The Chiefs quarterback finished the day by completing 23 of 38 passes for 435 yards and six touchdowns. Dawson connected on touchdown throws to five different receivers. Haynes has five catches for 106 yards with a TD while McClinton had four receptions for 103 yards with two scores.

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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