1995 Kansas City Chiefs season

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1995 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coach Marty Schottenheimer
Owner Lamar Hunt
Home field Arrowhead Stadium
Results
Record 13–3
Division place 1st AFC West
Playoff finish Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs(Colts)
Pro Bowlers QB Steve Bono
FB Kimble Anders
G Will Shields
DE Neil Smith
DT Dan Saleaumua
LB Derrick Thomas
CB Dale Carter
Timeline
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< 1994 1996 >

The 1995 Kansas City Chiefs season was the team's 36th, and 26th in the National Football League. The team finished the regular season with a 13–3 record and the AFC West division championship. The Chiefs suffered a painful loss in the 1996 playoffs when Placekicker Lin Elliot missed three crucial field goals, which eventually led to an upset win by the Indianapolis Colts.

The season[edit]

The season began promisingly on September 3 with a convincing 34–10 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. New Chiefs quarterback Steve Bono passed for 3,121 yards and 21 touchdowns. Fullback Kimble Anders led the team in pass receptions with 55.

In Week Two, the Chiefs battled back from a two-touchdown deficit to defeat the New York Giants in overtime, 20–17 on September 10. A costly interception, penalties, and struggles on third down all led to a 17–3 Giants lead. The Chiefs didn't score a touchdown until 5:03 remained in the game. On the Chiefs' following possession, Bono completed to Danan Hughes with the game-tying score after a 67-yard, 14-play drive that took just 2 minutes and 32 seconds. Lin Elliott booted the game-winning field goial with 7:11 remaining in overtime to give the Chiefs the win. Marcus Allen led the Chiefs with 86 yards rushing and Bono passed for 187 yards.

The win improved the Chiefs record to 2–0. This was the first of three overtime wins for Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium during the 1995 season, and it set the tone for the team's ability to win tight,close games throughout the regular season.

On September 17, James Hasty picked off a Jeff Hostetler pass and returned it for a touchdown in overtime as the Chiefs' beat the Oakland Raiders, 23–17 to go 3–0. The defense would play a key role in Kansas City's success. The team held its opponents to a league-best 241 points and recorded a third-best 47 sacks.[1] Cornerback Dale Carter led the team with 4 interceptions. Rookie kick returner Tamarick Vanover was also spectacular, returning two kickoffs and one punt for scores. Linebacker Derrick Thomas and defensive ends Neil Smith and Dan Saleaumua also shined for the Chiefs' defense.

On October 9, Tamarick Vanover returned a punt 86 yards in overtime to give the Chiefs a 29–23 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. It was the Chiefs' third overtime win at Arrowhead Stadium during the 1995 season, and was the first time in NFL history that an overtime game had been won on a punt return for a touchdown.

On October 22, the Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium, 21–7. Marcus Allen was again a standout for the offense, gaining 890 yards rushing and scoring 5 touchdowns for the season.

On November 19, the Chiefs win their seventh game in a row, beating the Houston Oilers 20–13 at Arrowhead Stadium, to go 10–1.

On December 24, Tamarick Vanover runs the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, and the Chiefs defeat the Seahawks, 26–3. They win the AFC West title and finish the regular season with a 13–3 record.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1995 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

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1995 at Seattle Seahawks W 34–10
47,564
2 September 10, 1995 New York Giants W 20–17 OT
77,962
3 September 17, 1995 Oakland Raiders W 23–17 OT
78,696
4 September 24, 1995 at Cleveland Browns L 35–17
74,280
5 October 1, 1995 at Arizona Cardinals W 24–3
50,211
6 October 9, 1995 San Diego Chargers W 29–23 OT
79,288
7 October 15, 1995 New England Patriots W 31–26
77,992
8 October 22, 1995 at Denver Broncos W 21–7
71,044
9 Bye
10 November 5, 1995 Washington Redskins W 24–3
77,821
11 November 12, 1995 at San Diego Chargers W 22–7
59,285
12 November 19, 1995 Houston Oilers W 20–13
77,576
13 November 23, 1995 at Dallas Cowboys L 24–12
64,901
14 December 3, 1995 at Oakland Raiders W 29–23
53,930
15 December 11, 1995 at Miami Dolphins L 13–6
70,321
16 December 17, 1995 Denver Broncos W 20–17
75,061
17 December 24, 1995 Seattle Seahawks W 26–3
75,784

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Chiefs 7 13 14 0 34
Seahawks 3 0 0 7 10

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Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA
Kansas City Chiefs 13 3 0 .813 358 241
San Diego Chargers 9 7 0 .563 321 323
Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 .500 363 366
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 388 345
Oakland Raiders 8 8 0 .500 348 332

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 7, 1996 Indianapolis Colts L 10–7
77,594

References[edit]