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Count Alex's Losses
01-20-2006, 07:40 PM
Yes, it's that time again, folks. Part 19 of our ongoing 2005 series here at Chiefsplanet...

THIS WEEK IN CHIEFS HISTORY

January 23, 1994

BUFFALO 30 KANSAS CITY 13


Caught in a Buffalo stampede
Bills run over Chiefs for title

By KENT PULLIAM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -

It's over. :(

The Chiefs' wild ride to the AFC championship came crashing to an end here Sunday afternoon when the Buffalo Bills - and particularly Thurman Thomas - thundered over them 30-13.

After walking a playoff tightrope for two straight weeks, the Chiefs couldn't rally from a halftime deficit despite the effort by backup quarterback Dave Krieg. Krieg played most of the second half after starter Joe Montana suffered a concussion early in the third quarter.

But it was the Bills' ability to find the weak spot of every defense the Chiefs threw up that led to Buffalo's fourth straight AFC title. The Bills will meet the Dallas Cowboys, 38-21 winners over the San Francisco 49ers, next Sunday in Super Bowl XXVIII.

"The issue today was that up front they did a job on us," said Chiefs Coach Marty Schottenheimer, who is now 0-3 in AFC championship games.

Thomas rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns, and the Bills virtually reversed their performance from the last game between the two teams, a Nov. 28 meeting in which the Chiefs held them to 43 yards rushing and won 23-7.

When the Chiefs had opportunities, they did not cash them at crucial times when it might have turned the momentum of the game.

After Buffalo went ahead 7-0, the Chiefs twice had the ball inside the Buffalo 20 in the first quarter, including once inside the 10. Both times they wound up with field goals. The second chance came after the Chiefs recovered a fumble on a kickoff.

A particularly critical play came at the end of the first half with the Chiefs trailing 20-6. They had driven from their 20 to the Bills' 5 in less than 2 minutes.

A touchdown there and success on the first possession of the second half could have tied the game.

With 21 seconds left in the half, Montana, who had been unusually inaccurate, hit Kimble Anders in the hands with a pass at the goal line. The ball glanced off Anders and into the hands of Buffalo's Henry Jones, standing 2 yards deep in the end zone, for an interception, ending the Chiefs' scoring threat.

"At this juncture as it unfolds it may have been a factor," Schottenheimer said. "But I don't want to lean on that. In my view, Buffalo was clearly the better team today. " As it turned out, the Chiefs did have a chance to rally.

Montana suffered a concussion on the first series of the second half, and the Chiefs' drive faltered. But a change in defense appeared to work.

The Chiefs started the second half with linebackers Tracy Simien and Tracy Rogers on the field and stopped the Bills after they had scored on four straight possessions.

Krieg, who completed 16 of 29 passes for 198 yards, led the Chiefs on a 90-yard drive that trimmed the margin to a touchdown.

"I thought we were right back in it," wide receiver J.J. Birden said.

But again the defense couldn't stop the Bills, allowing a 6-minute drive. Although the Bills got just a field goal, they were back in control of the game, especially after the Chiefs' next possession.

"Once we got into the end zone and it was 20-13, I thought we were going to come back," Krieg said. "One key drive was the next time we got the ball. I threw incomplete for Willie (Davis), they stopped Marcus, and I was sacked. We were three-and-out. " The Bills drove for the clinching touchdown - Thomas' third - and a 30-13 lead. Although the Chiefs drove into Bills territory twice in the final 5 minutes of the game, one drive was stopped by interception, and the other at the Bills' 1 as time ran out.

"I've never experienced anything quite as devastating as this in sports," Chiefs center Tim Grunhard said.

"In my personal life I have," Grunhard added, referring to his father's death during Grunhard's rookie season. "But never in my sporting life. " The loss ended the Chiefs' season after 13 victories - the second-highest total in team history, but still short of their goal.

"I've been here once before in my career," said Krieg, who will be a free agent after the Super Bowl. "This is extremely disappointing. To have played 14 years and not gotten to the Super Bowl is very disappointing. " For all of Kansas City.


Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Chiefs 6 0 7 0 13
Bills 7 13 0 10 30

* BUF - Thomas 12 run (Christie kick)
* KC - FG Lowery 31
* KC - FG Lowery 31
* BUF - Thomas 3 run (Christie kick)
* BUF - FG Christie 23
* BUF - FG Christie 25
* KC - Allen 1 run (Lowery kick)
* BUF - FG Christie 18
* BUF - Thomas 3 run (Christie kick)



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That concludes this week's look back in...CHIEFS HISTORY.

Dunit35
01-20-2006, 07:43 PM
and the Bills lose another Super Bowl. I remember that game, the games before were against

Wild Card: Steelers at Arrowhead

Divisonal: KC at Houston

right?

chappy
01-20-2006, 07:46 PM
That concludes this week's look back at my broken heart.

sedated
01-20-2006, 07:47 PM
f*ck you

Count Alex's Losses
01-20-2006, 07:48 PM
f*ck you

If you can find an article, box score and photographs for one of the OTHER Championship games, please link us.

Otherwise, quityerbitchin.

StcChief
01-20-2006, 07:48 PM
Yep.

Had our Tickets to SB already locked up.
Traveling with Chiefs down.

We could have done a better job against Dallas in SB.

shaneo69
01-20-2006, 08:18 PM
Nice catch, Kimble.

chagrin
01-20-2006, 10:23 PM
Dude, good job on the recap - I for one appreciate it. I remember the look on Joe's face when he was holding his facemask, he got totally racked.

Great pics too!