1994 Kansas City Chiefs season

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1994 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coach Marty Schottenheimer
Home field Arrowhead Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd AFC West
Playoff finish Lost AFC Wild Card round (Dolphins)
Pro Bowlers DE Neil Smith
LB Derrick Thomas
CB Dale Carter
Timeline
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< 1993 1995 >

The 1994 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with a 9–7 record and Wild Card spot in the 1995 playoffs. The Chiefs lost to the Miami Dolphins 27–17 in the Wild Card round. Alongside celebrating the NFL's 75th anniversary season, the Chiefs also honored their 35th season as a franchise. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana retired following the season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1994 NFL Draft
1994 Chiefs Draft Selections[1]
Round Overall Player Position College
1 25 Greg Hill Running Back Texas A&M
2 58 Donnell Bennett Running Back Miami
3 92 Lake Dawson Wide Receiver Notre Dame
3 96 Chris Penn Wide Receiver Tulsa
4 127 Bracy Walker Safety North Carolina
5 151 James Burton Cornerback Fresno State
5 156 Rob Waldrop Defensive Tackle Arizona
6 185 Anthony Daigle Running Back Fresno State
7 199 Steve Matthews Quarterback Memphis
7 219 Tracy Greene Tight End Grambling State

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1994 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Founder – Lamar Hunt
  • Chairman of the Board – Jack Steadman
  • President/General Manager/Chief Executive Officer – Carl Peterson
  • Assistant General Manager – Dennis Thum
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Lynn Stiles
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Mark Hatley
  • Director of College Scouting – Terry Bradway

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Dave Adolph
  • Defensive Line – Tom Pratt
  • Defensive Backs – Herman Edwards
  • Defensive Assistant – John Bunting
  • Defensive Assistant/Quality Control – Darvin Wallis

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Regular season[edit]

After an opening day win over the New Orleans Saints, the Chiefs faced the San Francisco 49ers on September 11. Facing his old team, Joe Montana led the Chiefs to a 24–17 win at Arrowhead. But after opening the season at 3–0, the Chiefs dropped 2 in a row to the Rams and Chargers.

On October 17, a 6-yard pass and a tightrope run into the end zone ended the Chiefs' 11-year drought in Mile High Stadium. Joe Montana and the Chiefs faced a 4-point deficit on Monday Night Football. The final drive in the final 82 seconds took nine plays, all of them Montana passes except one run of 10 yards by Marcus Allen; Montana's final pass was a five-yard score to Willie Davis for the 31–28 Kansas City win. For the game, Montana hit 34 of 54 pass attempts for 393 yards and 3 touchdowns and the Chiefs, now 4–2, had now thrust themselves back into the playoff hunt. The game was tied 14–14 at the half. Lin Elliott's field goal with 4:08 left in the game temporarily put the Chiefs ahead 24–21. A Marcus Allen fumble set up the Broncos' final touchdown, but Montana and his inspiring confidence resulted in the comeback.

Montana would have another great season passing for 3,283 yards. The rushing game improved from 1993 as the Chiefs rushed for 1,732 yards and twelve touchdowns (up from the previous year's 1,655 yards). Allen's game trailed off form 1993 as he gained 709 yards to lead the team (to 764 the previous year), while rookie Greg Hill managed only 574 yards for the season. Fullback Kimble Anders was the leading receiver with 67 receptions. The defense showed flashes of brilliance as it improved to seventh in fewest points allowed from 1993's ninth, and as had become the standard, was led by perennial Pro Bowlers Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith. Defensive back Dale Carter had a superb year and was also chosen for the Pro Bowl.

On December 24, Marcus Allen gained 132 yards rushing as the Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Raiders 19–9. The win secured a fifth-straight playoff spot for the Chiefs.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1994 at New Orleans Saints W 30–17
69,362
2 September 11, 1994 San Francisco 49ers W 24–17
79,907
3 September 18, 1994 at Atlanta Falcons W 30–10
67,357
4 September 25, 1994 Los Angeles Rams L 16–0
78,184
5 Bye
6 October 9, 1994 at San Diego Chargers L 20–6
62,923
7 October 17, 1994 at Denver Broncos W 31–28
75,151
8 October 23, 1994 Seattle Seahawks W 38–23
78,847
9 October 30, 1994 at Buffalo Bills L 44–10
79,501
10 November 6, 1994 Los Angeles Raiders W 13–3
78,709
11 November 13, 1994 San Diego Chargers L 14–13
76,997
12 November 20, 1994 Cleveland Browns W 20–13
69,121
13 November 27, 1994 at Seattle Seahawks L 10–9
54,120
14 December 4, 1994 Denver Broncos L 20–17
77,631
15 December 12, 1994 at Miami Dolphins L 45–28
71,578
16 December 18, 1994 Houston Oilers W 31–9
74,474
17 December 24, 1994 at Los Angeles Raiders W 19–9
64,130

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers 11 5 0 .688 381 306 W2
Kansas City Chiefs 9 7 0 .563 319 298 W2
Los Angeles Raiders 9 7 0 .563 303 327 L1
Denver Broncos 7 9 0 .438 347 396 L3
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 .375 287 323 L2

[2]

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard December 31, 1994 at Miami Dolphins L 27–17
69,757

References[edit]