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01-09-2005, 12:46 AM
Yes, it's that time again, folks. Part 8 and this season's final part of our series here at Chiefsplanet...


January 8, 1993 (http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs98/news/1998/981228/01015317.html)


Montana magic lifts Chiefs past Steelers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In 1993, the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC West with an 11-5 record and hosted an AFC Wild Card Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium. It was the fourth consecutive postseason appearance for the Chiefs but the first with Joe Montana at the controls.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, arrived in town 9-7 under second-year coach Bill Cowher. The Steelers had fallen off in the second half of the regular season, however, finishing 3-5 to grab one of the final spots in the playoffs.

The game went back and forth, with the teams tied 17-17 midway through the fourth quarter. That's when the Steelers mounted a clock-eating, 75-yard drive -- capped by Neill O'Donnell's 22-yard touchdown pass to Eric Green that seemingly chopped the Chiefs' hopes to pieces.

Joe Montana
As he had with the 49ers, Joe Montana brought the Chiefs from behind late in the fourth quarter.

"We were never down; nobody ever believed that we couldn't win," said Kansas City tight end Keith Cash. "We knew we could win from the beginning, even when we got behind at halftime we knew we would come back."

And Cash came up with the play that turned the game.

There was less than five minutes left to play when the Steelers were forced to punt. Cash, the big tight end, crashed through the line to block Mark Royals' punt. The Chiefs recovered and returned it to the Steelers' 9-yard line.

"The blocked punt, everybody is keying on Albert (Lewis)," said Cash. "He went inside, and it was just me one-on-one with the tackle. I just beat him."

That set the stage for Montana, who thrived on desperate, late-game situations in San Francisco, winning four Super Bowls.

With less than three minutes left in the game, first-and-goal quickly turned into fourth-and-goal. Then, with 1:43 left and the Chiefs' season on the line, it was time for Montana's magic.

With good protection on the fourth-down play, Montana threw into the end zone and found Tim Barnett for the touchdown.

"We had confidence, because at that point the tide had changed," said Montana. "We were able to move the ball and get some things done, so we had a lot more confidence at that point than we did early."

"He's a great quarterback," said Steelers' defensive lineman Levon Kirkland. "He really did a good job of driving that team down the field and scoring when he had to score. I thought we played very well on defense, it just didn't go our way."

The game went into overtime tied 24-24. Montana's cool head and precision passing eventually put the Chiefs in position to win it, setting up kicker Nick Lowery for the game-winning field goal.

"It's everything for me," said Lowery. "I may have set a lot of records in my career, but they don't mean anything if you don't win in the playoffs, the big games."

"It's always good to get a win, no matter how you get it," adds Montana. "But, when you get it against a team like (Pittsburgh) and in the playoffs, it's always a little sweeter."

Rep to the first person who ID's Grizzly Adams:


Montana back to throw...

Steps up, fires to the back of the endzone...


That concludes the 2004 season's look back in...CHIEFS HISTORY.

We here at THIS WEEK IN CHIEFS HISTORY would like to thank all of our loyal readers. We'll be back next season with a full docket of Chiefs games, recaps, box scores and photographs for every week of the regular season (and hopefully playoffs).

01-09-2005, 12:47 AM
I will never, in my life...forget going to this game with my father...


01-09-2005, 12:48 AM
Joe Phillips?

Hammock Parties
01-09-2005, 12:49 AM
Joe Phillips?

Ding ding ding!

Turn your rep on.

01-09-2005, 12:50 AM
that game was awesome. A good post season win always feels good.

01-09-2005, 12:52 AM
Ding ding ding!

Turn your rep on.
You can give me rep anytime...if you feel so inclined.

01-09-2005, 12:52 AM
that game was awesome. A good post season win always feels good.

Yeah I agree with you. your right. It just too bad it been 12 years :deevee:

Hammock Parties
01-09-2005, 01:00 AM
You can give me rep anytime...if you feel so inclined.

Well...hell...I guess the secret's out now.

Hammock Parties
01-10-2005, 07:58 AM
Bump...this is the last edition.