Current Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has only played against the Cleveland Browns three times in his 13-year career. The most recent contest took place in 2006 where Gonzalez caught nine passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. One would think that this matchup would be among the most memorable for the 37-year old, but it was the Browns that would end up winning the game in question, 31-28 in overtime.
But just four years earlier, things were a bit different; Gonzalez was held to just 87 yards and a touchdown on five catches. But the Chiefs would ultimately be victorious in what was not one of the best moments in Cleveland football. A huge emotional letdown for the Browns and the fans, but on the flip side of that transaction was the sure-fire Hall of Fame tight end.
“It’s one of my fondest memories,” said Gonzalez today. “We thought the game was over,” Unfortunately for his part because Dwayne’s a good due and I consider him a friend.”
One week season after bottles were banned at Cleveland Browns Stadium, linebacker Dwayne Rudd’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty – one that was due to an ill-timed helmet toss in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter – allowed the Chiefs’ Morten Andersen to chip in a 30-yard field goal for a one-point win.
The Chiefs put up 23 points in the fourth quarter, a game which Butch Davis would later claim made him “sick,” and one that likely had fans wishing they had not wasted all of their bottles on the Jacksonville game that took place seven days one year prior.
At the time, Gonzalez called the win “luck.” Now, it’s a lasting memory that he’ll never forget.
“It was definitely a memorable experience,” said Gonzalez. “It was fun.”