There is nothing better than a rivalry.
But in October 1994, the John Elway-led Broncos faced the Joe Montana-led Chiefs for a Monday Night Football showdown at Mile High that will go down as one of the sport’s greatest games ever.
Other than the final score landing in favor of the Chiefs, it was everything football fans could hope for in a game - prime time, raucous crowd, two future Hall-of-Famers battling it out, matching each other score for score most of the game.
It was gridlocked at 21-21 until Chiefs’ kicker Lin Elliot hit a 19-yard field goal to go up 24-21 with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Broncos’ tight end Shannon Sharpe and Chiefs’ running back Marcus Allen traded fumbles on their team’s next two possessions, but Elway would not be daunted.
No. 7 led a six-play, 39-yard drive, culminating in a 4-yard touchdown on a quarterback draw, putting the Broncos in the lead 28-24 with 1:29 remaining.
But Montana would not let Elway own the most spectacular comeback on the night as he connected with Willie Davis in the end zone on a 5-yard touchdown pass with just eight seconds left in the game.
I also had a chance earlier this week to speak with Joe Valerio, former Chiefs’ offensive lineman who not only played in that historic game but also scored a touchdown.
Yes, the Chiefs’ center scored a TD - but do you recall how he got into the end zone??? Give a listen to find out; there will be a quiz at the end.
In Valerio’s career, in fact, the center scored four touchdowns, one of the few o-lineman in the NFL to not only score a TD but to score multiple TDs.
In this special edition of the Something Something Broncos’ podcast, Valerio and I spoke primarily about the upcoming matchup at Arrowhead with two much younger gunslingers going head-to-head.
And while Drew Lock v. Patrick Mahomes is no Elway v. Montana game, it has the makings of a superb future rivalry that will kick off Sunday afternoon.
Valerio believes the Chiefs will come out on top but isn’t putting it past the Broncos to pull the upset. If the Broncos defense can contain KC’s shifty quarterback and Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson can put on a show in the secondary like they have much of the second half of the season, there’s a chance for the offense to stay close and even make the Chiefs pretty nervous.
In fact, if the Broncos can come out fast like they did against the Texans, Valerio thinks the Chiefs will be in for a long day.
“It’s going to be very interesting,” Valerio said. “Sunday could be anybody’s game.”
Quiz time! What kind of touchdown did Valerio score?
This poll is closed
Caught a pass in the end zone
Ran with blazing speed into the end zone
Caught the ball and danced into the end zone
Caught the ball and dove/bellyflopped into the end zone
Chiefs v. Broncos 1994: John Elway v. Joe Montana | Grudge Match | NFL Films
At the 1:05 minute mark in this short NFL Films recap of the game, you can see No. 73 (Joe Valerio) score his TD.
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