Chiefs Rewind: MNF at Denver Oct. 17, 1994 (140 Photos)

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer and his quarterback Joe Montana were both winless in Mile High Stadium as they stood at a combined 0-10 inside those unfriendly confines. John Elway had been a thorn in the Chiefs side for years by posting 6 game winning drives against the division rival (1 in each of the last 5 years). It wouldn’t be an easy feat for the Chiefs to overcome with a raucous Monday Night Football crowd, defensive tackle Dan Saleaumua out with a sprained knee, and Derrick Thomas being benched for the start of the game for being an hour late to a team meeting earlier in the week.  However, this would prove to be night that Chiefs fans wouldn’t soon forget as all appeared to be lost after a late John Elway scramble for the go-ahead touchdown, but never count out Joe Montana. Joe showed the world that he didn’t leave the “Montana Magic” in San Francisco and he had plenty left to give to the Kansas City Chiefs. Joe Montana went under center with 0:13 left in the game and found Willie Davis in the corner of the end zone to win 31-28 and end his and Marty Schotteneheimer’s winless streak at Mile High Stadium. 

Beginning of the game – 1st half

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Joe is pumped after searching through his options and finding JJ Birden streaking wide open in the back of the end-zone for a touchdown.

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Louie Aguiar throwing Joe Montana off the field as they scramble to get a quick field goal attempt.
Louie Aguiar throwing Joe Montana off the field as they scramble to get a quick field goal attempt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marty and Joe talking and frustrated after messing up that late field goal attempt before halftime.

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Start of the 2nd half

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JJ Birden tried to take out his own teammate Marcus Allen before the first down, but Marcus would not be denied. Actually, JJ just ran into Marcus on accident trying to help block for him.

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Looks like JJ ran a 5 yard out and Willie Davis ran a 10 yard out. Luckily the ball whizzed pass JJ’s fingertips and Willie caught the ball for a first down!

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TOUCHDOWN JOE VALERIO!

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Jim Fassel sighting
Jim Fassel sighting

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Glyn Milburn muffed the Louie Aguiar punt and Greg Manusky recovered for the Chiefs.

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After the Chiefs recovered the Shannon Sharpe fumble; Marcus Allen fumbled it right back to the Broncos.

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Earlier in the 1994 season the Broncos had two 4th quarter failures against the Chargers and in this picture against the Buffalo Bills.

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Mark Collins pleading his case that Broncos WR Cedric Tillman had stepped out of the end zone and isn’t eligible to come back in and score.

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Broncos WR Cedric Tillman stepped out of bounds which made him an ineligible receiver. Therefore, the toucdown was reversed.
Broncos WR Cedric Tillman stepped out of bounds which made him an ineligible receiver. Therefore, the toucdown was reversed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The confusion of the Broncos only having 10 men on the field allowed an easy go-ahead touchdown for the Broncos to put them up 28-24 late in the game.

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Broncos only had 10 men on the field, but Wade is saying they had 7 on the line of scrimmage so it's a legal play and a touchdown.
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Marty is pleading for an illegal formation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It is a legal play and the touchdown stands. Denver has taken a late lead.

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Denver 28 Kansas City 24 – 4th Quarter 1:08 remaining

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Montana Magic

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Vaughn Booker with the last second fumble recovery to officially end the game! Marty Schottenheimer and Joe Montana end their streak of being winless at Mile High Stadium and this game goes down in Monday Night Football lore.

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