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Jaguars vs. Chiefs: Remembering The 2006 Playoff Berth Game

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The Kansas City Chiefs are preparing to play the Jacksonville Jaguars in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. We've been takling about the game all week but it's one from a few years ago that I want to touch on for a second.

Dec. 31, 2006 the Jaguars came to Kansas City to play the Chiefs and the Chiefs, sitting at 9-7, needed a number of things to happen for them to make the playoffs. Here's what they needed:

  • New England beat Tennessee
  • Pittburgh beat Cincinnati in overtime
  • San Francisco beat Denver in overtime

Oh, and all those teams the Chiefs needed to lose? They were at home.

The hero was Joe Nedney, the San Fran kicker. The 49ers and Broncos game was a 3:00 p.m. game (Arrowhead time) so the Chiefs had already won, as had New England and Pittsburgh, and we were waiting all afternoon to see Joe Nedney kick a field goal with just a couple of minutes remaining.

This game was one of my favorite football experiences. I remember sitting in my brother Chris' Plaza apartment watching it and just absolutely not believing a thing that was going on. I mean, it was a pretty wild day with the way things turned out.

The teams the Chiefs needed to lose, did lose and they earned a playoff birth.