1992 Kansas City Chiefs season
|1992 Kansas City Chiefs season|
|Head coach||Marty Schottenheimer|
|Home field||Arrowhead Stadium|
|Division place||2nd AFC West|
|Playoff finish||Lost AFC Wild Card round (Chargers)|
|Pro Bowlers||T John Alt
DE Neil Smith
LB Derrick Thomas
K Nick Lowery
The 1992 Chiefs season began on a high note when on September 6 they beat the San Diego Chargers 24–10. 22 days later at Arrowhead on Monday Night Football they beat the Los Angeles Raiders 27–7. The Chiefs would eventually go 4–2 in the first half of the season.
Then, just like that, they would lose two in a row, including a 27–3 loss at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The running game would eventually be a weakness for Kansas City as Barry Word led the team with only 607 yards for the season.
The second half of the season started well for Kansas City as they won four in a row, including a 23–7 win over the New York Jets on November 29. New Chiefs quarterback Dave Krieg played well as he passed for 3,115 yards for the season. Defense would be the key for the Chiefs 3rd straight playoff berth as Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith recorded 14.5 sacks each.
The Chiefs' division championship hopes took a major blow on December 19, and their involvement in the postseason party came into question. Kansas City was simply not ready to play and was easily defeated by the Giants 35–21. New York had lost five in a row before this game.
A victory would have assured the Chiefs of their third straight playoff berth and given them complete control over the AFC West race. Instead, they had to rely on other teams' losses.
The Giants scored on five consecutive possessions form the end of the first quarter through the middle of the third quarter to lead at one point, 35–7. Kansas City, which had come from behind in previous games during the season, had dug a hole they couldn't get out of this time. The Giants ran up 348 yards of total offense and controlled the ball for almost 35 minutes.
With the season and a playoff berth on the line, the Chiefs rise to the occasion and bury the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead, 42–20 on December 27. The Chiefs finished at 10–6 and earned a playoff berth.
During the season; the Chiefs wore a "WWD" patch on their jerseys in tribute to vice president of player personnel Whitey Dovell, who died in May 1992.
|1992 Kansas City Chiefs staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1||September 6, 1992||at San Diego Chargers||W 24–10||
|2||September 13, 1992||Seattle Seahawks||W 26–7||
|3||September 20, 1992||at Houston Oilers||L 23–20||
|4||September 28, 1992||Los Angeles Raiders||W 27–7||
|5||October 4, 1992||at Denver Broncos||L 20–19||
|6||October 12, 1992||Philadelphia Eagles||W 24–17||
|7||October 18, 1992||at Dallas Cowboys||L 17–10||
|8||October 25, 1992||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 27–3||
|10||November 8, 1992||San Diego Chargers||W 16–14||
|11||November 15, 1992||Washington Redskins||W 35–16||
|12||November 22, 1992||at Seattle Seahawks||W 24–14||
|13||November 30, 1992||at New York Jets||W 23–7||
|14||December 6, 1992||at Los Angeles Raiders||L 28–7||
|15||December 12, 1992||New England Patriots||W 27–20||
|16||December 20, 1992||at New York Giants||L 35–21||
|17||December 27, 1992||Denver Broncos||W 42–20||
|San Diego Chargers||11||5||0||.688||335||241||W7|
|Kansas City Chiefs||10||6||0||.625||348||282||W1|
|Los Angeles Raiders||7||9||0||.438||249||281||W1|
|Wildcard||January 2, 1993||at San Diego Chargers||L 17–0||
- 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 379. Retrieved March 5, 2011.