The Kansas City Chiefs used three field goals by Jan Stenerud, a sterling
performance by quarterback Len Dawson and a rock-ribbed defense to down the
Minnesota Vikings 23-7 before 80,562 fans at New Orleans, making a winner out of
legendary Chiefs’ coach Hank Stram.
This scenario happened Jan. 11, 1970 in Super Bowl IV following the 1969
season before the full merger of the AFL and NFL, a year after Kansas City owner Lamar
Hunt dubbed the big game the Super Bowl.
Many San Francisco fans swear that if 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was
born 50 years earlier and played for the Vikings, he would shoulder much of the blame
for the loss to Kansas City back then.
That’s because in Sunday’s game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.,
Sherman allowed Kansas City’s speedy wide receiver Sammy Watkins to get behind him
and catch a 38-yard pass that led to the touchdown which put the Chiefs ahead 24-20 just
short of the two-minute warning in the fourth period.
Sherman sharpened his goat horns after the Chiefs’ defense put another three-and-
out on the now-inept San Francisco offense when he missed an easy tackle on Chiefs’
running back Damien Williams who danced untouched into the end zone for a 38-yard
Super Bowl victory-clinching touchdown for the final score of 31-20.
Sunday’s victory ended a half-century dry spell for the Kansas City Chiefs.
According to Monday’s edition of the Kansas City Star, “Sunday’s game against San
Francisco marked Kansas City’s first appearance in pro football’s championship since
then.
“Among NFL franchises, several teams have gone longer without a Super Bowl
title. The Cardinals (three cities), New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions
have been around as long as the Chiefs, who played their first three years as the Dallas
Texans.
“The Jets won Super Bowl III—the first NFL title game to be called the Super
Bowl—the Browns won the last of their four NFL championships in 1964. The Lions
won the last of their three in 1957.
“Since the Texans/Chiefs were founded with the AFL in 1960, the Buffalo Bills,
LA/San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals
have denied their fans a championship longer than the Chiefs. The Bills and Chargers
won AFL championships in the 1960s,” the article pointed out.
The Chiefs’ playoff run was different than most Super Bowl championships
because they fell behind in double figures in all three contests.
The Houston Texans had Kansas City on the ropes 24-0 in the first half but
between Head Coach Andy Reid’s optimism and quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ talent to
rally his troops, the results was a 51-31 win in the division playoffs.
Then came the red-hot Tennessee Titans who had won seven straight games and
jumped out to a 10-point lead at the half.

Again, the Reid/Mahomes combo swung into action and ignited a second-half
charge which resulted in a 35-24 Chiefs’ win for the AFC Conference Championship
Game.
Just to show those two comebacks were no flukes, Reid told Mahomes to just
keep firing those passes despite two straight interceptions in the third period Sunday.
And that’s exactly what Mahomes did, throwing to open receivers and running the
ball when they were all covered, putting on the superman’s cape and winning the game.
Although Super Bowl LIV was far from Mahomes’ greatest game, he completed
26 of 42 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and a very modest
78.1 rating.
However, at 24 years of age, Mahomes became the youngest player in NFL
history to be named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
The 61-year-old Reid won a Super Bowl ring with the with the 1996 Green Bay
Packers while he was in charge of the tight ends. He just completed his 21 st NFL season
with a record of 77-35 in seven seasons at Kansas City and 130-93 in 14 seasons at
Philadelphia.
According to the Associated Press, “He’s been seeking one as a head coach since
being hired by Philadelphia in 1999. The Eagles lost in their only trip to the big game
after the 2004 season.”
Nice going Andy Reid!!!
KWICKIES…All the football players and coaches from both the winning Kansas
City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers were observed standing for the National Anthem
like everybody else. Only two patrons were seen sitting down during the Anthem—Jay-Z
and Beyonce.
After leading the PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open for much of the
tournament and being two strokes ahead with two holes left, Tony Finau missed a short
birdie putt on No. 18 after Webb Simpson made his birdie to tie the match and send the
tournament into sudden death. Simpson proceeded to birdie the first playoff hole while
Finau missed his, giving Simpson his sixth PGA Tour title and the $1.314 million
winner’s check.
Each Kansas City Chiefs player will receive a winner’s check of $124,000 while
the San Francisco players received $62,000. Payouts are in addition to bonuses for wild-
card, divisional and conference championship victories
JUST BETWEEN US…My grandson Logan Smith, a Lufkin Hudson graduate,
is in his final year at West Point and will be counted on heavily this spring by the Army
Black Knights’ baseball team, which opens its 2020 season in a three-game series at
Duke beginning on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14). Although he was Army’s most consistent
relief pitcher for the last three seasons, Logan has been working as a starting pitcher this
year. The team is only able to hold intra-squad games on the West Point indoor football
practice field. Logan has been gradually adding the number of pitches and threw 91
pitches Saturday, giving up one run, three hits, seven strikeouts and one walk in 7 1/3
innings. I will get to watch him the weekend of Feb. 21-23 when Army visits Texas
A&M at College Station.