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On this podcastt we’ll discuss with Willie Lanier the 1970 regular-season game that featured a bench-clearing brawl with the Oakland Raiders that wound up a 17-17 tie, costing the Kansas City Chiefs a playoff spot and the chance to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

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Saquon Barkley could rise to the level of the opponent. He rushed for 194 yards against Southern Cal in a Rose Bowl, 137 against Washington in a Fiesta Bowl and 194 yards against Ohio State. He slapped a 200-yard game on Iowa and 100-yard games on Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska.

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Cameron Wake played two seasons in the CFL and led the league in sacks both times, collecting 16 in 2007 and 23 in 2008. That earned him a return to the NFL with the Miami Dolphins in 2009. He has played the last nine seasons for the Dolphins, collecting 92 sacks.

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But there was more at stake in that Super Bowl than AFL pride and the chance to show the world that the Kansas City Chiefs had assembled one of the greatest defenses ever – in fact, the last Super Bowl championship defense to lead the league across the board in all four the major statistical categories – run, pass, total and scoring defense.

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Kirk Cousins finished seventh in the NFL last season with 4,093 passing yards – his third consecutive 4,000-yard season. He finished eighth with 27 TD passes, more than past NFL MVPs Drew Brees (26) and Matt Ryan (20).

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Kansas City was the last Super Bowl champion to finish first across the board in the four major defensive statistical categories – run, pass, total and scoring defense. The Chiefs lined up five Hall of Famers on defense that season – tackles Buck Buchanan and Curley Culp, linebackers Bobby Bell and Lanier and cornerback Emmitt Thomas.

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Howard Cosell once called Russ Francis “the world’s greatest tight end.” He was a three-time All-Pro recruited by 49ers’ head coach Bill Walsh to come and play for him even though he’d retired from pro football after only six seasons. He was a transcendent star. Was he also really the best tight end ever?

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