The San Francisco 49ers opted to hand over the reins to Steve Young following the 1992 season and in turn, traded the franchise’s best quarterback – Joe Montana.
San Fran dealt Montana in ’93 to the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that had a growing reputation for being a halfway house for veteran quarterbacks.
From 1988 to ’92, the Chiefs started a multitude of veteran quarterbacks including Bill Kenney, Steve DeBerg, Steve Pelluer, Ron Jaworski, Mark Vlasic, and David Krieg.
After San Diego shutout the Chiefs in the ’92 playoffs, general manager Carl Peterson and head coach Marty Schottenheimer decided to roll the dice and trade for Montana.
Although, he played in just one game since the 1990 NFC title game, Montana gave the Chiefs hope that their quarterback misfortunes would turn around.
The 37-year-old Montana led Kansas City to the playoffs with an 11-5 record and an opening round home date with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A slow start for Montana’s Chiefs allowed Pittsburgh to build a 17-7 halftime lead.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs trailed 24-17. A Chiefs blocked punt set the stage for one of Montana’s top moments in Kansas City.
With just seconds remaining, Montana threw a game-tying touchdown pass to Tim Barnett.
Eventually, Kansas City defeated Pittsburgh 27-24 in overtime.
Kansas City’s playoff run included an emotional and surprising victory in Houston before they were finally dispatched in the AFC title game by Buffalo.
Montana’s days as a Chief marked one of the few times over the last 25 years that Kansas City’s fan base has been able to see an actual real quarterback at work.
They will not have that opportunity on Monday night when Matt Cassel and the Chiefs take on the Steelers.
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