It’s your turn, Chargers, Broncos, Chiefs and Raiders fans. Time to reveal what we decided to be the most iconic moment in the history of your favorite franchise.
This division had one specific moment that I found myself second guessing, and as a quick spoiler, the moment I opted not to pick as this particular team’s most iconic moment is so legendary that it’s simply known as, “The Drive”.
However, I believe the moment I went with for the Broncos is just as legendary, and means more to Broncos fans around the world.
In the event you’ve missed any of the previous divisions we’ve covered, we’ve linked you to them in the paragraph below; and if you have any other nominations for most iconic moment for the teams in the AFC West, feel free to let us know on Twitter or in the comments section below.
Los Angeles Chargers
Moment: Epic in Miami
We all know the iconic video of Kellen Winslow being helped off the field in the Chargers’ 41-38 overtime victory against the Miami Dolphins in the Divisional Round of the 1981-82 NFL Playoffs.
This game is now known as the Epic in Miami, and there honestly isn’t a more fitting name. Just take a look at some of the crazy notes/stats from this game…
– The Chargers led 24-0 after the first quarter
– Miami successfully pulled off a hook and lateral at the end of the first half to cut the Chargers’ lead to seven
– The Chargers tied the game with under a minute remaining in the fourth quarter on a Dan Fouts to James Brooks touchdown reception on a pass that was intended for Winslow
– Miami attempted a 43-yard field goal at the end of regulation; but the kick was blocked by Winslow
– The Chargers missed a 27-yard field goal on their first possession of overtime
– The Dolphins had yet another potential game-winning field goal blocked in overtime
– With just 1:08 remaining in OT, the Chargers hit the game-winning FG
– The game lasted four hours and three minutes
There are plenty of incredible individual stats and accolades that came from this game as well, but even crazier is the fact that the Chargers went from this warm-weather marathon game in Miami, to a game that was eventually labeled as the Freezer Bowl the following week against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Chargers season came to an end in the AFC Championship to the Bengals, but the Epic in Miami will go down as a top moment in both Chargers and NFL history.
Las Vegas Raiders
Moment: Marcus Allen’s Super Bowl Run
Super Bowl 18 wasn’t a highly competitive game, but you could argue that the most iconic moment in Raiders’ history took place in that 38-9 demolishing of the Redskins.
Marcus Allen was named the game’s MVP following his 191-yard, two-touchdown performance, but the moment everyone will remember from this game is his 74-yard touchdown run, which gave the Raiders a 35-9 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Allen took the handoff and was immediately met by multiple defenders as the play began going to the left side of the field. He then reversed field and found a hole up the middle where he proceeded to outrun the remaining Redskins’ defenders en route to the 74-yard touchdown.
At the time, the touchdown run was the longest rushing play in Super Bowl history – since beaten by Willie Parker of the Steelers (75 yards) – and his 191 yards on the ground were the most ever in a Super Bowl until Timmy Smith of the Redskins ran for 204 yards.
Kansas City Chiefs
Moment: Comeback Win in Super Bowl 54
The most-recent iconic moment in this eight-part series of top iconic moments for each team in the NFL belongs to the Kansas City Chiefs.
What a time to be a Chiefs fan. Not only did your team win last year’s Super Bowl, but you just locked up your franchise quarterback for the next decade plus for half a billion dollars.
But let’s focus on that Super Bowl win since it’s your team’s most iconic moment.
The win was iconic for several reasons. It was Andy Reid’s first Super Bowl victory as a head coach. It was the team’s first Super Bowl victory since 1970. But the most impressive aspect of this game was that the Chiefs came back from a 20-10 fourth-quarter deficit and put up 21 fourth-quarter points against one of the league’s best defenses en route to a 31-20 victory over the 49ers.
The game appeared to be in the bag for San Francisco as with 12 minutes remaining, Patrick Mahomes was intercepted by Tarvarius Moore in 49ers’ territory. Moore’s interception should have been enough at this point, considering how well the 49ers’ defense had played up to this point in the game, but the 49ers proceeded to take just three minutes off the clock on their next drive and had to punt the ball back to Mahomes and the Chiefs.
As we all know, especially since it’s the last NFL game we’ve all seen, the Chiefs proceeded to score touchdowns on their next three possessions, sealing the 11-point Super Bowl victory for what appears to be a dynasty in the making.
Oh, and Mahomes was named the game’s MVP despite several believing Damien Williams deserved the award. However, I’m here to tell you that Mahomes definitely deserved MVP honors, and there’s no way this comeback victory was possible without him. Thank you for allowing me to get that off my chest.
Moment: John Elway Winning Back-to-Back Super Bowls/Retiring On Top
The Denver Broncos have three Super Bowl victories in total, but it wasn’t until the tail end of John Elway’s career before they could finally be labeled as champions of the league’s biggest game.
Prior to the 1997 season, Elway was 0-3 in Super Bowl appearances and seemed to be heading in the same direction as fellow 1983 draft mate, Dan Marino, as being known as one of the best quarterbacks that couldn’t win the big game.
Not only did Elway lead the Broncos to a 31-24 victory over the heavily-favored Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl 32, but he backed it up with a blowout 34-19 victory against the Falcons in Super Bowl 33 and proceeded to go out on top by announcing his retirement prior to the 1999 season.
The Super Bowl 33 victory capped what turned out to be a Hall-of-Fame career as Elway was also named the game’s MVP.
Denver has won one additional Super Bowl since Elway retired, but he also received a ring for that championship as the team’s general manager.
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