Former NFL quarterback Blair Kiel died of what is being called natural causes Sunday. He was 50.
The Seahawks have a history with Kiel, who quarterbacked the Packers against them in a 1990 game that was played at old Milwaukee County Stadium. Yes, the Packers used to split their games between Lambeau Field in Green Bay and Milwaukee from 1933-94.
The Seahawks won the game on that early December afternoon, 20-14, but Kiel had rallied the Packers to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and was driving them again late in the game. Following Kiel’s 1-yard TD pass to tight end Ed West with 3½ minutes left in the game, Nesby Glasgow fumbled the ensuing pooch kickoff and the Packers recovered at the Seahawks’ 24-yard line.
Quicker than you could say, he’s not really going to do this; Kiel had passed the Packers to the Seahawks’ 8-yard line. But his fourth-and-6 pass to Jeff Query fell incomplete and the Seahawks ran out the final 63 seconds.
Kiel took over late in the third quarter, with the Seahawks leading 20-0, after Anthony Dilweg had gone 6 of 22 for 69 yards. Kiel’s numbers: 23 of 31 for 198 yards with two TDs.
Kiel had last thrown a pass in a regular-season game on Nov. 13, 1988.
“We had a chance to win at the end and just did not come through,” Kiel said after the game. “I just wish that I could have gotten into the game a little earlier, maybe we could have done it.”
Kiel then shook his head before offering, “It was my fault.”
Well, the Seahawks defense also had a little to do with the outcome, limiting the Packers to 13 yards on 10 rushing plays. So did Dilweg, who was subbing for injured starter Don Majkowski. As did Derrick Fenner, who gained 112 yards and scored a TD on 20 carries for the Seahawks; and Dave Krieg, who completed 11 of 18 passes for 133 yards and the team’s other TD.