George Blanda-Five TD Passes in a Half

We are in Houston in  1965 with the Oilers playing the Kansas City Chiefs.  Coach Bones Taylor put George Blanda back in at quarterback after half time.  Blanda had a very sore knee and the coaches wanted to keep him on the bench.  However,  the Oilers fell behind 17 to 0 and second stringer quarterback Don Trull was awful.  38 year old George Blanda in the second  half put on a one man show.  Once again it was a face off between two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks and NFL castoffs- Len Dawson for the Chiefs and George Blanda for the Oilers.

In the third quarter Blanda:

–threw a 64 yard touchdown pass to Charlie Frazier;

–threw a 49 yard touchdown pass to Ode Burrell;

–threw a 17 yard touchdown pass to Willie Frazier;

–threw a 9 yard touchdown pass to Willie Frazier.

The Oilers lead Kansas 28 to 17 after three periods.

Early in the fourth quarter, Chiefs’ kicker Tommy Brooker popped one threw the uprights narrowing Houston’s lead to 28 to 20.

George Blanda capped another drive with his fifth touchdown pass, a nine yard throw to Bob McLeod.  Unfortunately for Houston, their defense was bad.  Len Dawson threw touchdown passes  to Curtis MClinton and Otis Taylor.  This gave the Chiefs a 36 to 35 lead;  but  Blanda was not through yet.  The Houston went on another drive.  Blanda, with his sore knee, could not kick field goals.  Jack Spikes kicked an 18 yard field goal and Houston defeated Kansas City  38 to 36.

George Blanda for this two quarter performance was named AFL Player of the Week.  Donovan McNabb would tie Blanda’s record of five touchdown in one half 29 years later.

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