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Len Dawson leads Chiefs to AFL Title
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Dec. 20, 1969

The AFL semifinal playoff game between the Eastern Division champion Jets and the Chiefs, runners-up in the West, is played in frigid conditions at Shea Stadium in New York. The game is decided when the Jets can't score a touchdown after getting a first down at the Kansas City one-yard line in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs need only two plays to go 80 yards for the winning touchdown.

Jets quarterback Joe Namath, the star of last season's Super Bowl, completes only 14-of-40 passes for 164 yards with three interceptions throwing into the swirling winds. With the ball on the Chiefs one after a pass interference penalty, two runs are stopped and a Namath incompletion forces the Jets to settle for a seven-yard field goal by Jim Turner that ties the game 6-6.

On the first play after the kickoff, Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson completes a 61-yard pass to Otis Taylor. On the next play, he throws a 19-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Gloucester Richardson to give the Chiefs a 13-6 victory en route to a Super Bowl title.

After the game, New York Mayor John Lindsay tells Namath, "Don't be dejected. I know what it is to lose."

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