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A loss to remember

From SportsWorld:

The Chiefs got the ball back on their 20, and there seemed no doubt that they would run out the clock because that’s what coach Andy Reid does. Know thyself, Andy. But for some reason, the Chiefs decided to try and trick the Broncos by lining up as if they intended to throw. Of course, they did not throw – as the Broncos undoubtedly knew. They handed off to Jamaal Charles. He ran into a mess of Broncos defenders, fumbled, the ball was scooped up by Bradley Roby who ran 21 yards for the game-winning touchdown, while 75,000 or so Chiefs fans in the stadium and millions around the world simultaneously dropped their jaws.

“I’ve never been involved in one quite like that one,” said Peyton Manning, who was smiling like those guys on the “we won a million bucks” fantasy sports commercials.

It was a crushing, gutting, humiliating defeat for Kansas City, but the question here is not, “Why the heck didn’t the Chiefs just take a knee?” or “How many different ways can Andy Reid mismanage the clock?” or “Is Peyton Manning a witch?”

No, the question here is: Will this one become famous?

A loss to remember

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11 Responses to A loss to remember

  1. Kuz says:

    Yes…..a poor play call at an inoppurtune time, but the fumble itself was a pretty routine football play. My guess is that it will not be in the pantheon of tragic losses.

  2. Dave says:

    The big reason why the Miracle of the Meadowlands is remembered is because the Giants had won. I mean, all they had to do was take a knee. There wasn’t a miss extra point attempt, or a late touchdown or some other blown play (like, oh, punting to Desean Jackson). The game was OVER. For that reason, it will always be No. 1.

  3. Oh God, the Rudd helmet toss/Tait run! I still can’t believe that happened. The series of events that had to occur to get the Chiefs into field goal range AND get an extra play as time expired… sports really are a unique thing.

  4. Ben Johnson says:

    I figure it’s got a shot. It was a national game, which helps, and as you mention Manning, one of the key characters of the night, is one of the biggest players in the history of the game. The fact that the goat is Charles, who is a pretty darn good player himself, will add to the mystique, as will the fact that the other goat is Reid, who might at this point have the reputation for being the single worst late-game coach in NFL history.

    Working against it is the sheer lack of any kind of monoculture these days, and the fact that I don’t see either of these teams doing much come playoff time. If the Broncos get into the playoffs by one game and then go on a tear, maybe the legend of this game grows in retrospect. I suppose it will also help if someday Bradley Roby becomes a loudmouth buffoon head coach, and sportswriters need an anecdote about his playing days.

  5. I find the criticism of Andy Reid for running a draw to be pretty funny. I mean, on the one hand, it’s completely justified. If you’re going to try and win the game, then actually try and win the game by picking up chunks of yardage. The draw play there is pointless at best, and the downside is catastrophic. Even if the fumble doesn’t get returned for 6, Denver almost certainly wins anyway.

    On the other hand, coaches call this pointless, idiotic play every week and the only person who points out how stupid and pointless it is is Bill Barnwell at Grantland. Reid’s just getting criticised for a bad outcome, which is Charles’ fault more than Reid’s. The fact that this one spectacularly backfired doesn’t make it a worse coaching decision than the hundreds of other times coaches have done this. It’s sort of like how Pete Carroll gets criticised as though he’s the only coach to have ever called a pass play from the 1 yard line.

  6. I thought the Reid call was absurd and, following the game, his explanation was worse. He said the was looking for Charles to pop one and he was trying to win the game. The truth was that he did not have sufficient confidence in Alex Smith to allow him to throw the ball down the field. A smart coach would realize that the ball, 36 seconds and a time out presents him an opportunity to win the game and he should seize it. He had to move only about 40 yards to try a field goal. Instead, he called a play that probably gave the Broncos as much chance of winning as the Chiefs. Hard to see how the Chiefs go deep in playoffs (or perhaps even get to playoffs) with Reid and Smith.

  7. Brad says:

    Every high school and college coach in the country should re-watch this game as a primer on how not to play/manage a game. Where to start? The Chiefs had five turnovers, including the two Charles fumbles, both which were killers. The Alex Smith interception before half was ametuerish. He looked at his receiver the entire play! Even some high school QB’s know to look off! Even the very best teams can’t overcome five turnovers.
    The offensive and defensive play calling was atrocious. No defensive pressure on Manning on the last TD drive, except on a second and ten call deep in KC territory . The blitz worked, Manning threw a wobbler incomplete, except…defensive holding on #30 which gave Denver five yards and a fresh set of downs. That was a killer also.
    Another inexplicable event was the Reid timeout late on the final Denver drive with the playclock at four. What? Manning didn’t look close to being ready for a snap and you bail him out, while burning a time out?
    On the Chiefs last drive before the fumble, I figured Reid would throw a couple to his tight ends and try to get into range for Santos. The TE’s had been open all night, but no.
    Yes, this was an ugly game by the Chiefs. The only thing that kept it close was Denver’s penchant for personal fouls and a severely declining Peyton Manning, who has proved he’s still KC’s daddy.

  8. Brett Alan says:

    Another reason the Miracle At The Meadowlands is remembered: The following week, a group of fans famously hired a plane to fly over the stadium, trailing behind it the message “15 years of lousy football–we’ve had enough!”

  9. Clayt says:

    Joe – remember the Leon Lett-on-Thanksgiving Day miracle for the Dolphins? Now THAT was a memorable game!

  10. Reagan says:

    Speaking of the Chiefs and tie games that were lost when a simple running play is fumbled and returned for a touchdown at the end of regulation when the offense should have kneeled the ball and gone to overtime…

    The exact same thing happened in Kansas City in 1995. Only the Chiefs were the one who forced the fumble to win.

    Houston versus Kansas City. Sunday night. Late in the season. 13-13 with under a minute to go. Oilers take possession after a Kansas City punt. Jeff Fisher calls a handoff to Todd McNair (of USC sanctions fame). McNair gains 10 or so yards, takes a huge hit and fumbles. Touchdown Kansas City. Game over.

    These things happen sometimes. Even the safest of plays can completely blow up.

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