Powered by:
as known from New York Timesas known from USA Todayas known from yahoo!
Contains commercial content
The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Memorable Playoff Runs – The 1993 Kansas City Chiefs

Memorable Playoff Runs – The 1993 Kansas City Chiefs

1993 was a special year in Chiefs history!
Publish Date: 08/26/2023
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Football Joe Montana Kansas City Chiefs quarterback in actrion. Copyright: xDUOMO/PCNx FO0803 089806

While the Chiefs ended the 1992 season with a 10-6 record, their 17-0 Wild Card game defeat at the hands of the San Diego Chargers caused team management to think about making some changes.

The Chiefs were a good team from 1989-1992, but 1993 would be different. It was an opportunity to get to the next level, a place where the Chiefs hadn’t been since 1969. They already had a talented roster with Derrick Thomas, Neil Smith, and Kevin Ross leading the defense. However, it would be on the offensive side of the ball where the biggest changes would take place.

Christian Okoye, “The Nigerian Nightmare,” came off an awful injury and finished with under 500 yards on the ground, leaving the running back position one of large concern. The Chiefs would bring in one of the greatest backs in NFL history, a Super Bowl MVP and division rival, Marcus Allen.

Dave Krieg was the quarterback of the 1992 team. While he finished his career as one of the most underrated passers of his time, the Chiefs could not pass up the opportunity to bring in perhaps the greatest quarterback ever to step onto a football field, Joe Montana.

Former wide receiver J.J. Birden felt that the 1993 Chiefs were ready to make it to the next level, largely because of the experience and leadership of Allen and Montana.

Birden stated: “It was a combination of adding great players and also adding a lot of confidence because Montana and Allenย had won Super Bowls. Their ability to produce positive play after positive play was contagious.”

Another forgotten addition that season was a third-round pick, future Hall of Fame guard Will Shields, who would end up protecting Montana as well as opening up running lanes for Allen.

When the Chiefs were ready to open the season against Tampa Bay, there was still a question about how ready Joe Montana would be. He hadn’t played one half of one game since the 1990 NFC Championship Game when he suffered major injuries that kept him out of football for almost two full seasons.

Montana silenced all doubters by throwing three touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 27-3 opening day win over the Bucs.

The 1993 season saw Kansas City win the AFC West with an 11-5 record with wins over the Raiders and Broncos, but also saw Marcus Allen win the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award as he rushed for nearly 800 yards but had 12 touchdowns. Joe Montana led a very deep squad of receivers such as Willie Davis, J.J. Birden, Tim Barnett, and Fred Jones. The Chiefs didn’t have a weakness and were ready to make a great playoff run.

1993 AFC Wild Card Game vs. Pittsburgh

Montana was even temporarily knocked out in a hard-fought game in which the Chiefs started less than stellar. However, as always, Joe would return and lead his team back.

The Steelers had the lead and the ball late in the game, 24-17. However, the defense would force a punt, and it would be Keith Cash who would block it, and the Chiefs suddenly had the ball on the Steelers’ 9.

Facing a crucial 4th and goal from the Steelers 7 with under 2 minutes to play, Montana would find Tim Barnett alone in the endzone to tie the game and force overtime, which the Chiefs would win on Nick Lowery’s 32-yard field goal, 27-24.

1993 AFC Divisional Playoff at Houston

In Houston, the Chiefs would face a difficult challenge against an excellent and opportunistic Buddy Ryan-led defense. The Oilers shut down the Chiefs’ offense and took a 10-0 lead into halftime. However, it would be Joe Montana that would shine in the second half, as he threw for 3 second-half touchdowns and led the Chiefs back to a 28-20 road win.

“We started badly in both games and were behind.”, said Birden. “Marty gave two great halftime speeches that motivated us, but also Joe being relaxed gave us a lot of confidence.”

Video: Chiefs vs Oilers - 1993 AFC Divisional Playoff

Chiefs vs Oilers – 1993 AFC Divisional Playoff

1993 AFC Championship Game at Buffalo

The Bills were the 3-time defending AFC Champions and probably had the best chance of getting back to the Super Bowl. The bitter cold Buffalo weather was on their side, and Kansas City had not been in this position since 1969.

The Chiefs were not intimidated; in fact, J.J. Birden said, “We were very confident going into Buffalo. We didn’t care about the history. We felt we could win.”

Buffalo built a 20-6 halftime lead off a couple of Chiefs turnovers, and early in the 3rd quarter, Montana got sandwiched between two Bills defenders and was knocked out of the game. Though the Chiefs cut the lead to 20-13, chances of winning without Montana was low.

“When Joe went down,” according to Birden, “that was the first time where our confidence was shaken.”

Though the Chiefs would ultimately lose their opportunity to go to the Super Bowl, this was a special team.

When asked to describe the 1993 Kansas City Chiefs, Birden said, “We were one of the best Chiefs teams ever. We were full of resilience and would not give up. We gelled well and hit on all cylinders.”

Until the 2015 playoffs, the Chiefs had not won a playoff game since this team made the last few years of playoff runs so special.


Read Also
Esteban de Jesus, Roberto Duran y AIDS (1972-89)
Many of us dream of celebrity sports fame, but only cruel individuals ...
Revenge of the Barbados Demon: Joe Walcott Unravels the Infernal Riddle ofย  Mysterious Billy Smithย 
One of the fight gameโ€™s greatest and most unheralded welterweights, โ€˜The Barbadosย  ...
Bet365 Promo
The Greatest College Basketball Team of All Time
Rating the greatest college basketball teams ever has been done many times ...
Top 10 Best NBA Defensive Teams Of All Time
The NBA has gone through many phases in its history, from the ...
Indiana Basketball Weekly
Welcome to Indiana Basketball Weekly, your dedicated podcast for all things Indiana ...
1986 Kansas City Chiefs: A Special Season
The 1986 Kansas City Chiefs stand out as an exceptional exception during ...
Come Fly with me: How the 1988-89 Chicago Bulls pushed forward to an NBA dynasty.
Find the best sportsbook to bet on the NBA Playoffs! Prologue: By ...
Grading every NFL teamโ€™s picks from the 2021 NFL Draft
Quickly, click away if youโ€™re going to get upset by reading draft ...
Sam Teets 2021 NFL three-round predictive mock draft 6.0
This is a predictive NFL mock draft and my final of the ...
Predicting the next five Pro Football Hall of Fame classes
Induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is ...
Latest News
Top 10 Right Fielders in MLB History: Who is the Greatest?
Once again in our countdown of the greatest ...
Top 10 Sleeper Draft Picks in NFL History
Many of us will be gathered around the ...
Formula 1, Round 5: The 2024 Chinese Grand Prix
Would you believe itโ€™s been a whole five ...
Top 10 NFL Running Backs of the 1970s: O.J. or Walter at number one?
Unlike today, the running game and running backs ...
Top 10 First Basemen in Baseball History: Who was the Best Ever?
Baseball players understand the first baseman is an ...
Our Latest YouTube Videos
Video: NFL Weekly Pick'em Show: Divisional Playoffs
NFL Weekly Pick'em Show: Divisional Playoffs
Video: NCAA Championship Game Preview: Purdue vs UCONN *Upset Special*?
NCAA Championship Game Preview: Purdue vs UCONN *Upset Special*?
Video: NBA Playoff Series Preview: Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Playoff Series Preview: Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks
Top Betting Sites
Top Betting Bonuses
Bet365 Review
BetMGM Review
FanDuel Review
Caesars Review
DraftKings Review
Bet365 Bonus
First Bet Safety Net up to $1000 OR Bet $5 and Get $150
T&Cs apply
At bet365 we don't do ordinary, that's why if you sign up now you'll get the choice of two great New Customer Offers, the First Bet Safety Net up to $1000 or Bet $5 and Get $150 in Bonus Bets. Deposit required. Bonus Bets wager excluded from returns. T&Cs, time limits and exclusions apply. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler 21+
BetMGM Bonus
Up To $1500 in Bonus Bets Paid Back if your First Bet Does Not Win
T&Cs apply
FanDuel Bonus
Bet $5 Get $200 in Bonus Bets if your bet wins
T&Cs apply
Caesars Bonus
100% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
BetFanatics Bonus
Bet $100, Get $100 in Bonus Bets Every Day for 10 Days!
T&Cs apply
Our Team
Mike GoodpasterJosh SchwartzSimon BriffaMark LewisSamuel Teets
Mike Goodpaster
Mike Goodpaster
Chief Editor
Josh Schwartz
Josh Schwartz
Simon Briffa
Simon Briffa
Sports Editor
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Samuel Teets
Samuel Teets
US Sports Veteran
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....

21+ and present in VA. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

Players accepted in the US US Flag
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
$55 Stake Cash + 260K Gold Coins + 5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 18+
Payment Methods
  • Exclusive promo code: TGTSOCIAL
  • Play Plinko, Hilo, Crash and more!
  • Get Stake Cash bonuses every day!
Stake Originals
Your Promo Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site