Kansas City Chiefs: 2014 Memorable Plays

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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.

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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.
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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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