Believe it or not, the last Kansas City Chiefs victory at Arrowhead Stadium was exactly 17 years ago today. That’s when Joe Montana led the Chiefs to a 27-24 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime. The Star’s Randy Covitz talked to some of the players involved in that win and paints a great picture to help jog your memory.
The Steelers, behind three touchdown passes by Neil O’Donnell, led 24-17 with 2:40 to play in regulation when they were forced to punt from their 48. [TE Keith] Cash crashed through the Steelers’ protection and blocked Mark Royals’ punt.
Running back Fred Jones pounced on the ball at the 40 and returned it 31 yards to the Steelers 9. Without that blocked kick, the Chiefs probably would have started the drive closer to their own 9.
But even with Montana and Allen in the Chiefs’ backfield, the Steelers’ salty defense made it difficult. Allen ran for 1 yard before the 2-minute warning. Montana’s pass for Cash was incomplete. And on third and 8, Allen gained just 1 yard on a draw.
Fourth and goal from the 7. The Chiefs used their last timeout.
Krieg had noticed on the incomplete pass to Cash that Barnett, who had caught just 17 passes, including one touchdown, all season, was open. He mentioned it to offensive coordinator Paul Hackett.
“It was just a reminder to Joe to look at him,” Krieg said, “and sure enough, Tim Barnett, of all people, caught it on fourth down.”
Barnett’s locker was next to Lowery’s, and after the game, the kicker asked Barnett how he handled the pressure of knowing it was fourth down.
“He looked at me,” Lowery said, “and said, ‘That was fourth down?’”
Not that any of us need anything extra to get pumped up this weekend, but if that column from Covitz doesn’t get your heart pounding then I don’t know what will. It’s good to remember that the Chiefs have won at Arrowhead in the second season after a week of hearing about nothing but losses.
For those of us that weren’t around for the Super Bowl victory, that playoff run created some of the best memories of the Kansas City Chiefs. Though a victory Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens would finally deliver something that can eclipse the feelings of that season.