1979 Kansas City Chiefs season
|1979 Kansas City Chiefs season|
|Head coach||Marv Levy|
|Home field||Arrowhead Stadium|
|Division place||5th AFC West|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||P Bob Grupp|
The 1979 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 10th season in the National Football League, the 17th as the Kansas City Chiefs, and the 20th overall. They improved on their 4-12 record from 1978 to a 7–9 record, but a last-place finish in the AFC West. The Chiefs missed the playoffs for the eighth straight year due to the four other teams ahead of them in their division all finishing with winning records.
Kansas City owned a pair of picks in the first round of the 1979 Draft, selecting defensive end Mike Bell and quarterback Steve Fuller. By the season's third game, Fuller had supplanted Mike Livingston as the club's starter.
With Fuller at the helm, the Chiefs owned a 4–2 record after six games, but a five-game midseason losing streak ended the attempt. Despite finishing fifth in the AFC West for a second straight season, Kansas City's 7–9 record was a notable accomplishment considering the fact that the division's other four clubs all posted winning records for a second consecutive season.
The Chiefs closed the season by dropping a 3–0 decision at Tampa Bay on December 16 in one of the most water-logged contests in franchise annals. As both clubs struggled to move the ball under monsoon-like conditions (Kansas City was held to 80 total yards), a field goal late in the fourth quarter by the Buccaneers' Neil O'Donoghue averted the NFL's first scoreless tie since 1943, allowing Tampa Bay to win the NFC Central division championship after a three-game losing streak.
The Chiefs set a dubious NFL record for the season, with the fewest number of passing yards (1,660, 103.8 per game) in a 16-game season.
|1979 Kansas City Chiefs roster|
|1||September 2, 1979||Baltimore Colts||W 14–0|
|2||September 9, 1979||Cleveland Browns||L 27–24|
|3||September 16, 1979||at Houston Oilers||L 20–6|
|4||September 23, 1979||Oakland Raiders||W 35–7|
|5||September 30, 1979||at Seattle Seahawks||W 24–6|
|6||October 7, 1979||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 10–7|
|7||October 14, 1979||Denver Broncos||L 24–10|
|8||October 21, 1979||New York Giants||L 21–17|
|9||October 28, 1979||at Denver Broncos||L 20–3|
|10||November 4, 1979||San Diego Chargers||L 20–14|
|11||November 11, 1979||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 30–3|
|12||November 18, 1979||at Oakland Raiders||W 24–21|
|13||November 25, 1979||at San Diego Chargers||L 28–7|
|14||December 2, 1979||Seattle Seahawks||W 37–21|
|15||December 9, 1979||at Baltimore Colts||W 10–7|
|16||December 16, 1979||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 3–0|
|San Diego Chargers(1)||12||4||0||.750||6–2||9–3||411||246||W2|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7||9||0||.438||4–4||7–7||238||262||L1|
Awards and records
- Bob Grupp, NFL Leader, Punting, 43.6 average yards per punt
- "Kansas City Chiefs History 1970's". kcchiefs.com. Archived from the original on August 23, 2007. Retrieved July 31, 2007.
- "Team Game Finder Query Results - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 454