Best Sports Moments: Kansas City Sports’ Top 5 of 2016
JANUARY 2017 – With another year in the books, we wanted to take a look back at the best sports moments of 2016… and see what made last year so great. Some of our teams didn’t quite live up to expectations or make the postseason run we wanted, but they filled the past year with some great moments. As we start into the new year, let’s take a look back at the 5 best of 2016.
First, some Honorable Mentions:
Eric Berry’s game-winning 2-point interception return against Atlanta, K-State football’s Texas Bowl win over Texas A&M, and KU basketball’s triple overtime win against Oklahoma
Best Sports Moments #5: Cairo Santos “bank-shot” field goal against Denver
The Chiefs had some great comebacks and last-minute wins in 2016, but this might be the best and most bizarre of them all. On November 27, down by 8 in Denver with three minutes left in regulation, the Chiefs drove down the field and scored on a dramatic touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill with 12 seconds left and converted on a two-point play. The game went into overtime where both teams exchanged field goals and it all came down to sudden death where the next score wins. After the Broncos missed a 62-yard field goal attempt with just over a minute left, the Chiefs took advantage and got the ball into field goal range. With five seconds left, Cairo Santos lined up for a 34-yard field goal. What happened next seemed unbelievable, as Santos hit the left upright and the ball somehow went through to win 30-27 in one of the best games of the 2016 NFL season.
Best Sports Moments #4: Jarrod Dyson robs a Marlins’ home run
The Royals had a disappointing 2016 season coming off their 2015 World Series victory, but that’s not to say there weren’t some bright spots and great plays throughout the year. In the first inning in a 5-2 win against Miami on August 25, Jarrod Dyson had one of the best fielding plays of the year, not just for the Royals, but arguably one of MLB’s best plays of 2016. To really understand how great a play this was, make sure to check out this video to see for yourself.
Best Sports Moments #3: Dontari Poe’s touchdown pass
This might not be the most athletic or the greatest play of the year, but it’s easily one of the most fun plays of the year. While facing the Broncos on Christmas night in Kansas City, 346 lb. 26-year-old Dontari Poe put the bow on top of the Chiefs’ 33-10 victory with a touchdown pass and became the heaviest player in NFL history to pass for a touchdown. When Poe lined up at quarterback, everyone, including the Denver defense, expected him to run right up the middle. No one expected what would happen next. Instead Poe made a Tim Tebow-like toss to Demetrius Harris for the score. The reaction of Poe and the rest of the team after the play made this moment priceless and one of the best of 2016.
Best Sports Moments #2: Kansas basketball wins 12th-straight Big 12 regular season title
Every college basketball season, the Big 12 conference goes through Lawrence, Kansas. The Jayhawks faced stiff competition this past year for the conference title, with seven Big 12 teams making the NCAA tournament. Through all the tough competition, on February 27, Kansas clinched the conference title by beating Texas Tech at home, giving them their 12th straight outright/shared regular season conference title. Kansas now has the second longest streak in NCAA basketball history. (If they win the conference in this year they’d tie the longest set by UCLA from 1967-79.) Though this is one of the more unnoticed accomplishments in college basketball today, it continues to be one of the top things each year, in fact the last 12 years for KU fans.
Best Sports Moments #1: Chiefs win their first playoff game in 22 years
The Chiefs gave Kansas City both a sigh of relief and a breath of fresh air by finally winning a playoff game and doing it in dominant fashion. On January 9, the Chiefs routed the Houston Texans 30-0 in the Wild Card round. The last time the Chiefs won in the playoffs was in 1994 against the Houston Oilers. Since then they made seven playoff appearances without a win. Even though the Chiefs would lose the next game at New England, Kansas City finally had the metaphoric monkey off their back by finally finding success in the playoffs after 22 long years. Best of all, the victory gives both the team and fans more hope this postseason to build on last season’s success and make a run toward the Super Bowl.
These are our top 5 Best Sports Moments of 2016…what are yours?
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Article by Drew Parks.