The 1971 AFC playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins was the longest pro football game ever played. It was a game that sent the two franchises in opposite directions – the Dolphins would go on to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls and the Chiefs would go the next 14 seasons without qualifying for the playoffs.
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.
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.
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.
FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira, the former head of NFL officiating, believes that what we saw from Super Bowl LII is what we’ll get from replay in 2018. Plus, he believes officials blew the call on “the Philly Special,” and he tells us why.
Only twice in Super Bowl history has the champion scored 50 points in a game and Charles was on the winning side in both games – the 49ers’ 55-10 demolition of the Broncos in 1990 and the Cowboys 52-17 pasting of the Bills in 1993.
The 49ers wound up as the NFL’s team of the decade in the 1980s with those four Super Bowls and Charles Haley was quick to give credit to the man responsible – Hall of Fame owner Eddie DeBartolo. Haley asked DeBartolo to present him in Canton for his own Hall of Fame induction.
Jerry Kramer has been a Hall-of-Fame finalist 11 times, including twice as a senior committee nominee. He is only the fifth player with 10 or more appearances as a finalist. Will he finally get to Canton and make his first visit to the Hall of Fame this year? Our Hall-of-Fame voters, Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin …