— Ira Taylor (@iracpa) June 12, 2014
This is one of three nominations for the most memorable play in Kansas City Chiefs history. Previously we featured 65 Toss Power Trap in Super Bowl IV, and next we'll look at 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' lead in Super Bowl IV had dwindled to 16-7 over the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter. Kansas City needed a big play to stretch its lead, so quarterback Len Dawson went to his big-play receiver. From the Minnesota 46, Dawson threw a short pass to Otis Taylor, who was running a hitch pattern near the right sideline.
From there, the play was vintage Taylor, still perhaps the greatest wide receiver ever to play for the Chiefs. He broke an attempted tackle by cornerback Earsell Mackbee and then streaked down the sideline.
Before getting to the end zone, Taylor put on a move that made another defender, Karl Kassulke, miss.
As Taylor spiked the ball in the end zone, Kansas City had reason to erupt as it has few times in a sports sense before or since. The play gave the Chiefs a 23-7 lead and finished the day's scoring.
Taylor's touchdown isn't as storied as the Chiefs' other touchdown that day, Mike Garrett's 5-yard scoring run. That touchdown remains a big part of Chiefs history and not just because of its significance. The play known as 65 Toss Power Trap is also celebrated in Chiefs lore because coach Hank Stram, who was being recorded by NFL Films, announced it was coming and celebrated it after Garrett's touchdown.
The name of Taylor's touchdown play is lost to history. But his touchdown was far more spectacular and dramatic than Garrett's.