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Friday, July 11, 2014
Chiefs' top play winner: Montana to Davis

By Adam Teicher

Joe Montana
Score: Chiefs 31, Broncos 28
Date: Oct. 17, 1994 Site: Mile High Stadium

To me, settling on the three most memorable plays in Kansas City Chiefs' history was the difficult part. Picking just three meant leaving hundreds that were also memorable -- some positive and others negative -- behind.

The voters picked Joe Montana's late touchdown pass to Willie Davis as the Chiefs' most memorable play. The play lifted Kansas City to a dramatic win over John Elway and Denver in 1994 in one of the greatest Monday night games ever. The voting was tight -- with my choice, Otis Taylor's Super Bowl clinching touchdown, falling by two percentage points.

To me, choosing Taylor's TD as the most memorable play in the franchise's 54-season history really wasn't that difficult.

As great as Montana's TD throw and 65 Toss Power Trap might have been, they weren't quite to the level of Taylor's catch and run down the sideline for a 46-yard score in the Chiefs' only Super Bowl victory. That play wrapped up a 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings and -- other than perhaps the final out of the Kansas City Royals' only World Series championship in 1985 -- might represent the greatest moment in Kansas City's sports history.

Let me put it another way: If you're a Chiefs fan, I defy you to watch the video of Taylor's catch and run and not get chills.

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 Stram, who was being recorded by NFL Films, announced it was coming and celebrated it after Garrett's touchdown.

But Taylor's TD was far more dramatic. While the Montana-to-Davis touchdown carried plenty of drama, it happened during an October game during a season in which the Chiefs would eventually finish 9-7.