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    The Longest Game

    Taken from a NYT article 5 years ago by ROBERT WEINTRAUB


    Ah Jan Stenerud. Way to go man,


    Do you want to talk about my mother’s funeral, too?
    And so ended a brief phone conversation with the author. But the game itself postponed Christmas dinners around the country as fans watched on television while the Chiefs and the Dolphins battled through the afternoon and on into the evening. Though hardly aware of it as the game went on and on, the two teams that included a dozen future Hall of Famers, were involved in a contest of historical significance that went beyond its length: a game pitting a great team seeking a permanent place among the league’s elite against an up-and-coming squad eager for the same status. And it was perhaps the worst game of Stenerud’s career, with two field-goal attempts missed and another blocked.

    The game took place on an unseasonably warm day, with the temperature in the high 60s. It was also the last Chiefs contest at Municipal Stadium, a converted baseball park. The Chiefs left for Arrowhead in 1972. 46,000 fans were in attendance [for] the first home playoff game in Chiefs history.

    KC took an early 10-0 lead, with Podolak catching a short pass for the game’s first touchdown. Miami, led by quarterback Griese, rebounded in the second quarter to tie the game at 10-10, helped in part by a Podolak fumble near halftime that set up a field goal. The teams swapped touchdowns in the third quarter, and Podolak broke the tie in the fourth by bowling over safety Dick Anderson to score on a short run. Chiefs receiver Elmo Wright had set up the play by catching a long pass to the 3. Despite not scoring, Wright, one of the forefathers of the touchdown dance, boogied in the end zone and spiked the ball. Miami came back to tie the score at 24-24 and with 1:25 remaining, kicked off to Podolak. He sped left, dodged kicker Garo Yepremian and raced down the sideline before Curtis Johnson knocked him out of bounds at the Miami 22.

    After three runs losing ground, Stenerud, from Norway, came in to attempt a 31-yard field goal and with 35 seconds to play. He said, My history and legacy were defined by that one kick. Podolak began the 1st period of OT with a return that put the Chiefs near midfield. The drive ended when Buoniconti blocked a FGA by Stenerud. Then Yepremian missed a long kick of his own, and the game slogged on.

    The previous longest game in pro football history was the 1962 A.F.L. championship game, which the Texans won in 77:54. After that game, the Texans moved to Kansas City, Mo., and became the Chiefs, who were not as fortunate in the record books. Griese remembered a little-used play from the game plan that was a run called Roll Right, Trap Left, which sprung Zonk for 29 yards to set up the winning 37-yard kick by Yepremian. Both teams just shuffled off the field, too exhausted.

    Dolphins went on to beat Baltimore (Shula's previous team) for a trip to Super Bowl VI. Johnny U didn't play in that, on account of being out since the beginning of the fifth game of the season. Dolphins then were defeated by Dallas, 24-3. Miami went unbeaten the next season, including a defeat of Kansas City in the 1972 opener, the first game at Arrowhead Stadium!

    Rumor was Len Dawson was going to retire after the season but Dawson played until 1975. By 1980, he was co-hosting the popular highlight show Inside the NFL with Nick Buoniconti.



    Dawson must have been Smoking Something Else Later.
    Last edited by Gundermerikan; 12-23-2017 at 04:06 PM.

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    Now the Chiefs to their credit are overwhelming favorites to win at home, just as the Pats were two weeks ago. Looking at their schedule though, hmm. A recent loss to the Jets and an early season loss to the Bills comprise two of their five bogeys. Last season at this time, Miami had a better record than KC does now (but not back then.) The reason for their success is the ostensible presence of Andy Reid on the sidelines, who coached eight (8) ten- to thirteen-win seasons during a fourteen-year tenure at PHI.

    And he hasn't lost a step going into KC, in fact his overall winning pct. is higher there than it was in Philly.

    Now despite last week's 16-24 loss at Buffalo I think the Fins as a team are doing very well. Look at the team stats and they are pretty much neck-n-neck with the notable difference of Jay Cutler (28-49-0-3 274 3 sacks for -25, 4 fumbles and a 47.5 rating) compared to the ignominious Tie Rod Taylor ( 17-29-1-0 224, 2 sacks for -12, and 94.6 rated.)

    Over at SB Nation, every single expert of eight picked the Chiefs to win. CBS Sports did the same, picking the Chiefs over the Fins. The Sporting News picked the Chiefs to win by more than 20. Over at ESPN, not every pick is in just yet, but those submitted already are all in favor of Kansas City, says ArrowheadAddict.com three days ago. What can go wrong with that?

    For me, I like the Fins to win. Their recently tweaked offense is a far better version of the crap they put on the field to start the season, but is still crap based on their NFL ranking. To make up for that, based on the same ranking the Chiefs' D is a little worse than the Fins O. Going the other way, the Fins is better than your average D but then KC's O is among the best in the league. The equalizer is the progression or development of the Fin's offense, because rankings are solely based on the total season's stats.

    Going into the game Cutler, who has a tendency to play alternately brilliant and dumb from game to game, couldn't have looked worse than he did last week as he single-handedly messed up that game. There I said it, and as much as his coach stood up for him in the past, there are limits and Cut will be under enormous pressure to execute his play excellently. Actually he has more talent to reap than he's so far sowed on the field.

    The new offense is using their RB's and receiver Jarvis Landry splendidly, and there are only two games left for our most potent defensive performers to display their handiwork: mainly to wreak havoc in the K.C. backfield. The secondary is playing at their best level. Meanwhile, look at K.C.'s competition in their division and Yule see three underperforming teams if there ever sere some. Every one of them has been a real disappointment some time or another this season. Because most of their games are played against this motely crew, that means their 8-5 just isn't all haughty based on strength of schedule considerations. Take the Fins they are the team to pick this time.
    Last edited by Gundermerikan; 12-23-2017 at 07:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gundermerikan View Post
    Now the Chiefs to their credit are overwhelming favorites to win at home, just as the Pats were two weeks ago. Looking at their schedule though, hmm. A recent loss to the Jets and an early season loss to the Bills comprise two of their five bogeys. Last season at this time, Miami had a better record than KC does now (but not back then.) The reason for their success is the ostensible presence of Andy Reid on the sidelines, who coached eight (8) ten- to thirteen-win seasons during a fourteen-year tenure at PHI.

    And he hasn't lost a step going into KC, in fact his overall winning pct. is higher there than it was in Philly.

    Now despite last week's 16-24 loss at Buffalo I think the Fins as a team are doing very well. Look at the team stats and they are pretty much neck-n-neck with the notable difference of Jay Cutler (28-49-0-3 274 3 sacks for -25, 4 fumbles and a 47.5 rating) compared to the ignominious Tie Rod Taylor ( 17-29-1-0 224, 2 sacks for -12, and 94.6 rated.)

    Over at SB Nation, every single expert of eight picked the Chiefs to win. CBS Sports did the same, picking the Chiefs over the Fins. The Sporting News picked the Chiefs to win by more than 20. Over at ESPN, not every pick is in just yet, but those submitted already are all in favor of Kansas City, says ArrowheadAddict.com three days ago. What can go wrong with that?

    For me, I like the Fins to win. Their recently tweaked offense is a far better version of the crap they put on the field to start the season, but is still crap based on their NFL ranking. To make up for that, based on the same ranking the Chiefs' D is a little worse than the Fins O. Going the other way, the Fins is better than your average D but then KC's O is among the best in the league. The equalizer is the progression or development of the Fin's offense, because rankings are solely based on the total season's stats.

    Going into the game Cutler, who has a tendency to play alternately brilliant and dumb from game to game, couldn't have looked worse than he did last week as he single-handedly messed up that game. There I said it, and as much as his coach stood up for him in the past, there are limits and Cut will be under enormous pressure to execute his play excellently. Actually he has more talent to reap than he's so far sowed on the field.

    The new offense is using their RB's and receiver Jarvis Landry splendidly, and there are only two games left for our most potent defensive performers to display their handiwork: mainly to wreak havoc in the K.C. backfield. The secondary is playing at their best level. Meanwhile, look at K.C.'s competition in their division and Yule see three underperforming teams if there ever sere some. Every one of them has been a real disappointment some time or another this season. Because most of their games are played against this motely crew, that means their 8-5 just isn't all haughty based on strength of schedule considerations. Take the Fins they are the team to pick this time.
    That was enjoyable reading 'bout players in the original post,...I was a kid but remember all those names.

    One thang no one is willing to admit is that the Bills are a good football team.

    Andy Reid,...ah yes, the HC at Philly for years,...the WCO guru. No doubt he's one of the best O-minds out there.

    All I know is Buffalo and Miami came into Atlanta and beat their butts. So Miami has a chance but in KC,...tall order for a win but last I checked the line is 10.5, a good bet on that.

    Jay Cutler plays well in away games,...well, he has in the past.


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