1985 Kansas City Chiefs season

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1985 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coach John Mackovic
Owner Lamar Hunt
Home field Arrowhead Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 5th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers S Deron Cherry
Timeline
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< 1984 1986 >

The 1985 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with a 6–10 record, and last place finish in the AFC West.

The Chiefs got off to a flying start in 1985 with a 47–27 win at New Orleans, while safety Deron Cherry tied an NFL record by registering four interceptions in a 28–7 win against Seattle on September 29 as the club boasted a 3–1 record four games into the season.[1] The club was then confronted with a seven-game losing streak that wasn’t snapped until quarterback Todd Blackledge was installed as the starter against Indianapolis on November 24. The team rebounded to win three of its final five contests of the year with Blackledge under center, further inflaming a quarterback controversy that continued into the 1986 season.[1]

Among these wins was the first time since 1972 that the Chiefs played the Atlanta Falcons, and merely the second in team history.[2] The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team’s division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.[3]

One of the few remaining bright spots in a disappointing 6–10 season came in the regular season finale against San Diego when wide receiver Stephone Paige set an NFL record with 309 receiving yards in a 38–34 win, breaking the previous mark of 303 yards set by Cleveland's Jim Benton in 1945. Paige’s mark was subsequently surpassed by a 336-yard effort by Flipper Anderson (Los Angeles Rams) in 1989.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 8, 1985 at New Orleans Saints W 47–27
57,760
2 September 12, 1985 Los Angeles Raiders W 36–20
72,686
3 September 22, 1985 at Miami Dolphins L 0–31
69,791
4 September 29, 1985 Seattle Seahawks W 28–7
50,485
5 October 6, 1985 at Los Angeles Raiders L 10–19
55,133
6 October 13, 1985 at San Diego Chargers L 20–31
50,067
7 October 20, 1985 Los Angeles Rams L 0–16
64,474
8 October 27, 1985 Denver Broncos L 10–30
68,246
9 November 3, 1985 at Houston Oilers L 20–23
41,238
10 November 10, 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers L 28–36
46,126
11 November 17, 1985 at San Francisco 49ers L 3–31
56,447
12 November 24, 1985 Indianapolis Colts W 20–7
21,762
13 December 1, 1985 at Seattle Seahawks L 6–24
52,655
14 December 8, 1985 Atlanta Falcons W 38–10
18,199
15 December 14, 1985 at Denver Broncos L 13–14
69,209
16 December 22, 1985 San Diego Chargers W 38–34
18,178

Game summaries[edit]

Week 16[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 3 7 21 34
• Chiefs 7 28 3 0 38

[4]


Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Los Angeles Raiders(1) 12 4 0 .750 5–3 9–3 354 308
Denver Broncos 11 5 0 .688 5–3 8–4 380 329
Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 349 303
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 3–5 7–7 467 435
Kansas City Chiefs 6 10 0 .375 3–5 4–8 317 360

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