Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow Sr. was a special player, and he proved how special he was on January 2, 1982, in Miami. The Chargers faced the Dolphins in the divisional round of the playoffs in the 1981 season. On that hot day in Miami, Winslow did everything. He caught 13 passes for 166 yards and one touchdown.
One of the most iconic shots from that game is Winslow being helped off the field by his teammates after a herculean effort in that contest. However, the five-time Pro Bowler believes he receives too much credit for what happened on that day in Miami.
“I get too much credit for that game,” Winslow recently said at U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence Luncheon. “Everybody on that field had similar circumstances. The Dolphins just happened to be kicking my boot that day, and they did a very good job of it.”
The Chargers were up 24-0 after the 1st quarter. Miami would cut to the lead to seven at halftime, and eventually, the game would be tied at 31 by the of the end of third quarter. Late in the game with the scored tied at 38, Winslow blocked a possible Dolphins game-winning field goal, which helped the Chargers send the game to OT. Ultimately, the Chargers would win 41-38.
Winslow was suffering through a lot of injuries on that day. He had a pinched nerve, a shoulder injury and cramps, but according to Winslow, he was not going to do let the Chargers lose on that day:
“I was not going to be apart of a team that was up 21-0; it might have been 24-0. I think the story gets bigger every year. We might have been up 30-0 where we were going to be up that many points and lose. That was not going to be apart of the legacy of the San Diego Chargers, especially not apart of a San Diego Chargers with Kellen Winslow on that team.”
The game would later be known as the “Epic in Miami.”
Listen below as Winslow talks about the Chargers-Dolphins epic playoff game: