On October 17, 1994, in one of the greatest exhibitions of gunslinging quarterbacks, Joe Montana and John Elway gave a nationwide audience tuning in on ABC’s Monday Night Football a game for the ages.
The Chiefs entered the game at Mile High with a 3-2 record, having lost two in a row, while Denver came in with a 2-3 record and riding a two game winning streak.
The game went back and forth all night with neither team gaining a true advantage. It was tied 7-7 after one quarter, 14-14 at halftime and 21-21 as they entered the fourth quarter. Neither quarterback blinked.
The game remained tied until Lin Elliott kicked a 19 yard field goal with 4:08 remaining to give the Chiefs a 24-21 lead.
Elway, who had led six Broncos comebacks against the Chiefs already in his career, had the Broncos in line for another one until tight end Shannon Sharpe fumbled on the Chiefs’ 40 yard line with just 2:45 to go.
But on the very next play, running back Marcus Allen fumbled and the Broncos recovered. Elway was back in business.
On a classic Elway drive, he led the Broncos 39 yards on six plays, finishing it off himself with a 4 yard touchdown run to give them a 28-24 lead with just 1:29 left.
But it was more than enough time for Montana and the Chiefs.
The 38 year old quarterback was near flawless in his execution of the two-minute drill, completing 7 of 8 passes as he moved the Chiefs 75 yards in nine plays.
The Broncos had been given Montana the underneath throws and he worked it to perfection; hitting Kimble Anders for an 11 yard gain, Derrick Walker for 12 yards, Tracy Greene for 19 yards and then a 5 yard completion to Willie Davis, who extended his arms at the goal line for the game winning touchdown.
Montana finished the night 34 of 54 for 393 yards, with three touchdowns and only one interception.
The Chiefs would finish the season in 2nd place in the AFC West with a 9-7 record and would lose to Miami in a AFC Wild Card Playoff. Denver finished in 4th place with a 7-9 record.