In the January 23, 2022 NFL Divisional playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills, the Chiefs trailed 36-33 in the 4th quarter when they started a drive at their own 25-yard line with only 13 seconds left in the game. Two pass completions and two timeouts later, they kicked a 49-yard field goal as time expired to send the game to overtime.

What is the NFL record for least amount of time left that a game-winning or game-tying drive started with? The drive must have started after a kickoff or a punt. I'd be interested in both FG and TD drives.

  • Just for some clarity, what qualifies as a "drive"? For example, if a team recovered a fumble on the other team's 10 yard line with :01 remaining, is that a drive? And does only a FG count, or can a touchdown also count? Does it need to be scored by the offense, or can it be scored by the defense or special teams?
    – Joe
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 16:38
  • For one example - would this qualify? (It's not actually shorter, though it easily could have been, given the only play was a kneel down): espn.com/nfl/playbyplay/_/gameId/400874495
    – Joe
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 16:49
  • This question is really about how quickly an offense can move the ball. I already saw on the list of hail maries the 2010 JAX/HOU game (a drive starting with 8 seconds after a fumble) and the 1987 SF/CIN game (a drive starting with 2 seconds after a 4th down stop). So I will say the drive must start after a kickoff or punt. Commented Jan 25, 2022 at 4:31


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