Week 17 and all the various playoff scenarios will always remind me of the Kansas City Chiefs 2006-2007 season. You remember that, don't you?
It was New Years Eve and the Chiefs were sitting on an 8-7 record about to face the 8-7 Jaguars. The Chiefs playoff scenario was definitely a long shot. They needed:
- Chiefs win
- Cincinnati loss
- Tennessee loss
- Denver loss
What happened on that day? Make the jump and I'll remind you.
Chiefs 35 Jaguars 30
The Chiefs jumped out to a 35-17 lead in the fourth quarter thinking the game was over. QB David Garrard was injured and Quinn Gray was relieving him.
The Jaguars jumped back into the game with a couple of touchdowns to bring it within five with two minutes left but the Chiefs held on.
Larry Johnson had three touchdowns and over 100 yards. The Jags' Matt Jones had over 100 yards as well.
This one was a nail-biter and kept us on the edge of our seats.
Needed a Steelers win, Pittsburgh tied the game with 1:44 left in the game to send it to overtime.
In overtime, Ben Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes for a 67 yard touchdown pass to end the game.
Thrilling game and nerve wracking if you needed the Steelers to win.
The Patriots (11-4) were definitely better than the Titans (8-7) at the time. But the Pats had already clinched a playoff spot so there was some concern among Chiefs fans that they would rest their starters letting Tennessee win and knock the Chiefs out.
Luckily for us, Tom Brady and Co. came through with 17 point victory.
The granddaddy of 'em all that day. The Broncos were 9-6 and the 49ers were 6-9. This was an afternoon game (in Denver) so we had to wait to see what happened whether the Chiefs would get in.
The Broncos got up 13-0 early in the game causing me to worry quite a bit because the 49ers weren't the best offensive team.
Each side had an interception return for a touchdown in this game.
The 49ers came back, taking a seven point lead. The Broncos tied it up with less than five minutes in the game to send it to overtime.
I still remember the situation. The 49ers had the ball on the Broncos 39 yard line on 3rd and 8 and out of field goal range. Alex Smith hit an open receiver for a first down and got them in field goal position. Joe Nedney kicked the winning 36 yard field goal with two minutes left in overtime.
Check out Chris' post back on 12/31/06 titled: "THE CHIEFS ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS!!!" It's pretty good.