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Chiefs' top plays: 65 Toss Power Trap

7/3/2014
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This is one of three nominations for the most memorable play in Kansas City Chiefs history. In the next two days we’ll feature: Otis Taylor’s catch and run for a touchdown in Super Bowl IV and Joe Montana’s touchdown pass to Willie Davis in the final seconds that lifted the Chiefs to a classic "Monday Night Football" victory over John Elway and the Denver Broncos in 1994. Please vote for your choice as the Chiefs’ most memorable play.

Score: Chiefs 23, Vikings 7

Date: Jan. 11, 1970 Site: Tulane Stadium.

The Chiefs’ first touchdown in their only Super Bowl victory came on a 5-yard, second-quarter run by Mike Garrett. The play gave the Chiefs a 16-0 lead they would take to halftime and effectively put the game out of reach for the Vikings. Minnesota in the second half would cut Kansas City’s lead to nine points but given the way the Chiefs’ defense was dominating the game, it was obvious at the time of Garrett’s touchdown that the Vikings would have trouble getting to 17 points.

The play might have otherwise been reduced to a lesser place in Chiefs’ lore had the words of coach Hank Stram not been captured that day by NFL Films. Wearing a microphone that recorded for history many of his colorful outbursts, Stram famously predicted the play, named 65 Toss Power Trap, would result in a Kansas City touchdown.

“It might pop wide open," Stram said just before the snap.

Indeed, it did. Garrett had to avoid the diving tackle attempt of one Minnesota defender but otherwise went into the end zone untouched.

Then, amid the sideline celebration, Stram could be heard to say, "65 Toss Power Trap, I tell you that baby was there!"

The play lives on today, on YouTube among other places. That makes it one of the most storied in Chiefs history.