NOV. 1, 1970: Raiders 17, Chiefs 17 at Kansas City
George Blanda ended a contentious battle with the Raiders' bitter rivals by kicking a 48-yard field goal as time expired for a 17-17 tie.
<em> The following is a copy from the Oakland Tribune archives from 1970 when George Blanda played miracle worker for the Oakland Raiders. The headline is also the one that appeared in print.</em>
WHEN TWO WRONGS RIGHT FOR RAIDERS
Remember your old man's woodshed admonition: "Two wrongs don't make a right"?
Hank Stram is yelling all over Kansas City today "The hell they don't" after two wrongs made things right for the undeserving Oakland Raiders.
From Hank's standpoint the crooks escaped punishment and the good guys took the rap.
Hadn't his quarterback made the call of the day and made the play of the day, bootlegging the football for 19 sweet yards on third down to retain ball control on Oakland's 29 with a minute to play and a 17-14 lead?
Then came the wrong-doing.
1. Ben Davidson, roaring in pursuit, buried his hat in Len Dawson's back a little bit late, good for a 15-yard penalty which would nail the coffin lid on the Raiders.
2. But brave and foolish Otis Taylor jumped Big Ben in swift retribution and launched a glorious free-for-all seen nationwide in living color. Mr. Otis Regrets, but there's a penalty for fighting, too, and the calls offset each other.
The rest is a nightmare to Hank, who blew his cool, chased the officials to their cubicle, and kicked on the door demanding an explanation he claims he never got after the Raiders came back for a lovely field goal and a 17-17 tie which projected them into a slim half game lead of the Western Division.
Hank was slumped in unbelievable frustration when the questions -- quiet and tentative -- came his way.
"What was the call? I still don't know. Nobody would explain it. But Otis was thrown out of the ball game and the play was nullified," he said.
"Yes I went over to the officials off the field and tried to find out what happened," he said. "No I didn't find out."
Referee Bob Finley, who did issue a post game report on the two penalties in what could be called a "continuing action foul," drew some further Stram fire.
"Remember the time we got beat by Boston?" he asked the Kansas City people in his cubicle. "There were five people moving on that play and he didn't see it. The same official. He didn't see anybody move on that field goal. Five people moved and he didn't see it.
He said, "I have no idea" when someone asked if an appeal was possible.
Dawson, who wasn't hurt on the play and didn't seem particularly incensed about it, said "I always anticipate it and try to protect myself," when running with the football.
It's a point upon which Davidson later commented on the plane trip home.
"It wasn't a case of the quarterback being in the backfield looking around and getting hit, he was a ball-carrier on a bootleg. He was out there to be tackled. I actually thought he hadn't been touched down. No one was on him and he continued to go forward and I didn't hear a whistle," Ben said.
"Nobody ever told me you're just supposed to tag a guy in that situation," he added. "It worked out good. I'll help my team any way I can, and if that's bad for my reputation, that's part of football.
Otis Taylor, who'd been a hero of the contest in setting up Kansas City's first touchdown with a great 56-yard catch to the Oakland four, then a go-ahead score on a 13-yarder with just 5:14 left in the game, hadn't foreseen the turnaround consequences of piling into Davidson.
"It really wasn't a fight, from my standpoint," he said. "All I'm doing is protecting my quarterback, protecting somebody who's got to lead us seven-eight more games."
"I was right there beside him and I saw Davidson hit him with a dirty shot. It's a shame. He was down and gets the helmet right in the middle of the back," he continued.
It could have been all over for him with just that one lick.
"So I went for him (Davidson), just grabbed him to hold him down, and I asked him why he would do something like that."
"Then everybody came out on the field and started a big rhubarb and they put me out of the game. Why they put me out? Everything is over," he lamented.
Well, it wasn't, quite.
There were those 46 few seconds remaining to Daryle Lamonica to start something from his own 20, and the Raider QB went to work.
Lamonica, playing with a back he'd like to have traded for Dawson's, passed five times, completing four and gained 39 yards, battling the clock right down to the last eight ticks, from which the Raiders asked their grand old toe to put them in first place.
Let Morris Stroud, the 6'9" Kansas City end, describe George Blanda's clutch kick from his point of view as he leaped in front of the cross bar 48 yards away from where Blanda's toe smacked into it:
"I got close to it. I figure my hand was six inches above the cross bar as it went over, and the ball was out of reach a foot. It was a perfect field goal," he said.