The 98-yard drive ranks as pro football's prototypical clutch performance. Elway and his team spanned almost all of the 100-yard football field. According to an article by Sports Illustrated columnist and Colorado resident Rick Reilly, when Elway started the drive, Broncos offensive guardKeith Bishop said of the Browns, "We got 'em right where we want 'em!" Of note is that the Browns could not force a fourth down against the Broncos. Denver made 3 third down conversions on the drive.
The Drive was featured in the movie Hot Tub Time Machine, but due to the butterfly effect Jackson was distracted by a squirrel and failed to catch the pass and Cleveland went on to win. It was inaccurately portrayed as being in 1986 (the game was played on January 11, 1987). The movie implied that it was played at night; however, when Karlis kicked the winning field goal in OT, it was still daytime in Cleveland.