To Chiefs fans young and old, there is one historic play that will forever be immortalized in the organization and history of the team: The 65 Toss Power Trap. From its engraving outside Arrowhead stadium to the team production company’s name, 65 TPT Productions, The 65 Toss Power Trap is largely considered one of the NFL’s most memorable moments and is living memory of the legacy head coach Hank Stram left behind.
The setting was perfect for a great game. After being relocated to Kansas City just 7 years prior and a Super Bowl I loss to the Green Bay Packers in 1966, the Chiefs faced off against the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV with the goal of a championship in sight.
Kansas City got off to an early 9-0 lead thanks to Hall of Fame kicker Jan Stenerud’s three field goals and the third ensuing kickoff paved the road for the historic play.
Vikings punt returner Charlie West botched the return, giving the ball back to the Chiefs on the Minnesota 19 yard line. Just 5 plays later, head coach Hank Stram punched his ticket into Chiefs history, calling the 65 Toss Power Trap.
Stram called over WR Gloster Richardson before the play and instructed him to tell QB Len Dawson to run the play. “The 65 toss power trap might pop wide open, rats,” said Stram.
Hike! Dawson collected the snap and sold the fake pitch to FB Wendell Hayes who took off for the left sideline. Then halfback Mike Garrett came around from the right for the handoff and trotted into the end zone without a scratch thanks to a big block by tight end Fred Arbanas.
“65 toss power trap, boys!” he yelled from the sidelines. The call was immortalized in what NFL Films icon, Steve Sabol called ‘The greatest wiring in Films history’. Thanks to NFL Films wiring Stram before the game, the triumphant call is heard again and again every time Post Season football rolls around.
The innovative play gave the Chiefs a 16-0 lead but the Vikings answered back with a touchdown run in the 3rd quarter to cut the deficit back to 9. The Viking comeback was short-lived however as Otis Taylor sealed the victory just minutes later with a 46-yard touchdown reception from Dawson late in the quarter.
The Super Bowl IV win was Stram’s first and only super bowl but the Hall of Fame coach was welcomed by Chiefs fans to chants of “toss power trap!” for the rest of his career.