Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Montana Works His Magic Late Drive Gives Chiefs 17-14 Win over Chargers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Montana Works His Magic Late Drive Gives Chiefs 17-14 Win over Chargers

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Kansas City's oldtimers were too much for San Diego's rookies.

The Chargers, seemingly given new life by two rookies, found out what it's like to give Joe Montana and Marcus Allen too many chances.

Montana directed a nine-play, 80-yard drive that Allen capped with a 1-yard run with 1 minute 57 seconds remaining in the game and the Chiefs beat the Chargers 17-14 Sunday.

Montana, who had been knocked out of two games with injuries and missed two others, finally was around to show his fourth-quarter magic.

"It's always important to do that as a team," Montana said. "It gives confidence not only to our offense but to our defense. If they can stop them, we still have an opportunity to put a drive together late in the game."

The Chargers had gone ahead 14-10 on John Friesz's 4-yard pass to Anthony Miller 1:05 into the fourth quarter. The touchdown was set up by rookie Darrien Gordon's 54-yard punt return.

But Neil Smith blocked two field-goal attempts by John Carney, including a 31-yard try with 3:28 remaining, to give the Chiefs the ball at their 20. Smith also blocked a 46-yard attempt by Carney in the third period.

The Chiefs got an immediate boost after the second block when Montana completed a 22-yard pass to Keith Cash. Shawn Lee was called for roughing Montana, taking the Chiefs to the San Diego 43.

After three incompletions, Montana hit Willie Davis on a 12-yard pass on fourth and 10, then threw another 12-yarder to Hassan Jones.

Allen ran a draw play 18 yards to the 1 just before the two-minute warning, then scored his second TD of the game and 103rd of his career.

"I was on the edge of my seat," said Chiefs tackle Joe Phillips, a former Charger. "I turned to (Dan) Saleaumua and said: `We've got the right guy for the job out there, with Joe.' Then you give that wraparound draw to Marcus. He's the guy to run the draw."

Allen, who also caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Montana in the first quarter, said Montana was calm on the winning drive.

"When your leader doesn't show any signs of concern, why should you? …

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