Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Chiefs' top plays: Montana's 'MNF' thriller
By Adam Teicher
This is one of three nominations for the most memorable play in Kansas City Chiefs history. Previously we featured 65 Toss Power Trap and Otis Taylor's catch and run for a touchdown in Super Bowl IV. Please vote for your choice as the Chiefs' most memorable play.
Score: Chiefs 31, Broncos 28
Date: Oct. 17, 1994 Site: Mile High Stadium
The Monday night game pitted two eventual Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Kansas City's Joe Montana and Denver's John Elway and it didn't disappoint. The two combined to pass for more than 650 yards and five touchdowns and Elway's 4-yard touchdown run with 1:22 left gave the Broncos a 28-24 lead.
The game's signature play was still to come. Montana guided the Chiefs methodically down the field and they had a first down at the Denver 5 with 13 seconds left. There, Montana completed a pass to Willie Davis, who found his way after the catch into the end zone just inside the right front pylon with eight seconds remaining.
The play delivered the Chiefs a much-needed victory over an AFC West rival but it did so much more. It gave the Chiefs their first victory in 11 years at Mile High, a stadium their fans considered a monument to all that was evil, and allowed them to exact a bit of comeback revenge on Elway, who had beaten the Chiefs many times in a similar way.
That it happened during prime time only made the play more memorable and that much sweeter to the Chiefs and their fans. In 2002, the game was selected as the fourth greatest in the history of "Monday Night Football" in an ESPN poll.