November 14 1993: Kansas City Chiefs 31 – Los Angeles Raiders 20
When the old rivals met in the LA Memorial Coliseum in November 1993, both had above average teams.
Jeff Hostetler was running the show at QB for the Raiders, with future Hall of Famer Tim Brown as his main target man, and they had got to a 5 and 3 record. Meanwhile, under the veteran leadership of Joe Montana and former Raider Marcus Allen, Marty Schottenheimer’s Chiefs were doing even better with a 6 and 2 record at mid season. Despite a win for the Chiefs at Arrowhead earlier in the season, the money men in Vegas made the Raiders narrow favourites in what was expected to be a close game – the main optimism behind the Raiders was because Montana was out with an injury and his backup Dave Krieg was under centre on the day.
Kansas City were slow getting started, unable to put up any points in the first quarter, and falling behind when the excitingly named Napoleon McCallum rushed home from 4 yards. Things got worse in the second quarter as Hostetler completed a drive by finding Ethan Horton in the end zone to double the lead. The Chiefs finally sparked into life and having marched from their own 20 yard line to the Raiders’ 15 yard line Dave Krieg managed to find fullback Kimble Anders with a short pass which he managed to take for a touchdown.
Anders was essentially a one team player. He was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Steelers but never played a game for them before being picked up by the Chiefs in 1991. Over 10 years and 125 games he managed to score nine times on the ground and nine more through the air – this touchdown was his first ever score for the team. Apart from the occasional score, Anders was also a key element in the Chiefs offensive set up which enabled Marcus Allen to thrive. His contribution was recognised with three trips to the Pro Bowl.
There was enough time left for a short range field goal to stretch the Raiders’ advantage to 17-7 at the half. But Kansas City came out fully firing in the second half, hitting back at LA with a Neil Smith sack and a rushing touchdown for Marcus Allen. Allen ran for 39 yards to put the Chiefs right by the goal line, and then promptly finished off the remaining 4 yards in the next play. Then late in the third quarter the Chiefs took the lead for the first time – Krieg faked a hand off to Allen but then tossed it downfield to Willie Davis who caught it unchallenged and was able to take it home for a 66 yard score.
Wide receiver Davis scored over 20 touchdowns for the Chiefs over five seasons before moving to the Oilers. This season was his most prolific with 8 scores – he had also scored in the earlier win over the Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium.
The two teams traded field goals at the start of the final quarter to leave KC narrowly ahead 24 to 21. Then the last Raiders chance was snuffed out when Hostetler threw a pick to linebacker Lonnie Marts – his only interception of the season – to give the Chiefs the ball well inside the LA half. Krieg was able to hit the big Tight End Keith Cash from short range to make the game safe.
Cash had scored a single touchdown as a Steeler, before moving to KC and scoring 10 more over his five seasons as a Chief. Perhaps most notably, he caught the first touchdown pass thrown by Joe Montana AGAINST the San Francisco 49ers when he returned to his long-time home as a Chief.
Both teams would go on to reach the playoffs this season – the Chiefs as AFC West Champions and the Raiders as a Wild Card. And both would lose to the eventual AFC Champions the Buffalo Bills, who beat both teams in successive weeks of the playoffs.
Elsewhere in the NFL at the time:
A great Vikings team with Cris Carter at wide receiver went to Mile High and narrowly beat John Elway’s Denver Broncos. Meanwhile in Tampa, the home team were trampled by a Hall of Fame pairing, as QB Steve Young completed 4 touchdown passes to Jerry Rice in a convincing 45 – 21 victory.
Elsewhere in the world:
The UK was trapped under a reign of terror: Meat Loaf’s rock ballad “I’d do anything for love (but I won’t do that)” had already occupied the number 1 spot in the charts for a month, and would remain there for a further month, before finally being dislodged by festive classic “Mr Blobby”!