Green's Top Five

It wasn't easy, picking the best games of Trent Green's Chiefs career. Let's face it - with over 20,000 yards passing and better than 100 touchdowns, there was quite a bit of scoring going on. Here's our fondest memories.

September 30, 2001 – Chiefs 45, Redskins 13

After a marginal start to his Kansas City career (Green completed only 46 percent of his passes in his first two games), Chiefs fans got a glimpse of why Dick Vermeil gave up a first-round pick for Green. After a scoreless first quarter, KC's offense ignited, racking up four touchdowns en route to a 28-10 halftime lead. They would score on seven straight possessions and at one point went 70 yards in only 32 seconds.

Green scorches the Redskins for 307 yards on 20-of-26 passing, with three touchdowns. He was so on fire in this game that wide receiver Chris Thomas, a one-year washout who only made the 2001 roster because of his familiarity with the offense, put up decent numbers with 54 yards and a touchdown reception. Sadly, this would be the only great game of 2001 for Green, who would struggle for much of the season.

September 29, 2002 – Chiefs 48, Dolphins 30

If you had to pinpoint one game where Green's Kansas City career started turning around, it was this one. After 24 interceptions in 2001 and five more in the first three games of 2002, the natives were restless. Green laid most of those fears to rest with a five-touchdown performance against the Dolphins in Week 4.

Green completes 24-of-34 passes for 328 yards, and most impressively does all of this without much of a running game. Priest Holmes had just 52 yards rushing, and Green himself almost out-rushed his Pro Bowl running back, totaling 48 yards on three scrambles. Tony Gonzalez victimized the Dolphins for most of the day, with 140 yards receiving and three of Green's touchdowns, including one spectacular 42-yard scoring play.

The day was highlighted by Green's pancake block on Miami safety Arturo Freeman, springing Holmes for his only touchdown of the day.

October 12, 2003 – Chiefs 40, Packers 34

Trent Green's only true Joe Montana moment. Trailing 31-14 in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs score 26 points in the final period and overtime to win in a dramatic comeback. Green throws for 400 yards, including 149 in the fourth quarter.

Not only does Green tie the game at 31, thanks to a 67-yard pass to Tony Gonzalez, but he also ties it at 34 with a clutch drive starting from his own 10-yard line and ending with five seconds left in regulation. After nine consecutive Priest Holmes' runs in overtime, Green drives a stake into Green Bay's heart with a 51-yard touchdown strike to Eddie Kennison. The only 400-yard game of Green's Chiefs career.

October 26, 2003 – Chiefs 38, Bills 5

The Chiefs destroy Buffalo on national television, and though KC's defense was dominant on this night, the offense barely gave Drew Bledsoe and company time to catch their breath, scoring on four of five possessions to end the first half with a 28-5 lead. The Chiefs scored their first four touchdowns so quickly (three drives took less than three minutes), they actually trailed the Bills in time of possession at halftime.

Green got the Chiefs started with a sizzling 67-yard touchdown pass to Dante Hall, freezing safety Lawyer Milloy in the middle of the field before hitting his receiver in stride. He would throw two touchdowns in the first half on 14-of-21 passing for 209 yards. ESPN commentator Paul McGwire characterizes another pinpoint 31-yard toss to Hall later in the night as "the perfect pass."

Once again, Green throws another devastating block on a defender unaware of his presence, pancaking Buffalo cornerback Nate Clements and freeing Priest Holmes on a cutback touchdown run.

December 5, 2004 – Chiefs 34, Raiders 27

The Chiefs trail Oakland 20-10 at halftime and Green has completed only nine of 20 passes. Priest Holmes is injured and Larry Johnson is forced onto the field by an injury to Derrick Blaylock.

Fortunately for the Chiefs, they extend their winning streak over the Raiders thanks to Johnson's first career 100-yard game and Green's prolific second half. He completes an astounding 14 of 15 passes after halftime for 229 yards and two touchdowns, including Johnson's first career touchdown catch.

Kansas City scores two touchdowns immediately after halftime to take the lead, before Oakland scores again to make it 27-24. Green ties the game immediately with a 13-play drive and follows that up with a game-winning 70-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Kennison, the second-longest pass of his Chiefs career. He does all of this with sore ribs that kept him out of practice during the week leading up to the game.

Honorable Mention:

December 22, 2002
- Chiefs 24, Chargers 22 - 23/36, 337, 3 TD.
Note: 99-yard TD pass.

December 14, 2003 - Chiefs 45, Lions 17 - 20/25, 341, 3 TD.
Note: Perfect QB rating.

October 31, 2004 - Chiefs 45, Colts 35 - 27/34, 389, 3 TD.
Note: Revenge!

December 3, 2006 - Chiefs 28, Browns 31 - 24/32, 297, 4 TD.
Note: Last gasp.

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