1994 Kansas City Chiefs season
|1994 Kansas City Chiefs season|
|Head coach||Marty Schottenheimer|
|Home field||Arrowhead Stadium|
|Division place||2nd AFC West|
|Playoff finish||Lost AFC Wild Card round (Dolphins)|
|Pro Bowlers||DE Neil Smith
LB Derrick Thomas
CB Dale Carter
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.
|1994 Kansas City Chiefs draft|
|1||25||Greg Hill||Running back||Texas A&M|
|2||58||Donnell Bennett||Running back||Miami (FL)|
|3||92||Lake Dawson||Wide receiver||Notre Dame|
|3||96||Chris Penn||Wide receiver||Tulsa|
|4||127||Bracy Walker||Defensive back||North Carolina|
|5||151||James Burton||Defensive back||Fresno State|
|5||156||Rob Waldrop||Defensive tackle||Arizona|
|6||185||Anthony Daigle||Running back||Fresno State|
|7||219||Tracy Greene||Tight end||Grambling State|
|1994 Kansas City Chiefs staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
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.
|1||September 4, 1994||at New Orleans Saints||W 30–17||
|2||September 11, 1994||San Francisco 49ers||W 24–17||
|3||September 18, 1994||at Atlanta Falcons||W 30–10||
|4||September 25, 1994||Los Angeles Rams||L 16–0||
|6||October 9, 1994||at San Diego Chargers||L 20–6||
|7||October 17, 1994||at Denver Broncos||W 31–28||
|8||October 23, 1994||Seattle Seahawks||W 38–23||
|9||October 30, 1994||at Buffalo Bills||L 44–10||
|10||November 6, 1994||Los Angeles Raiders||W 13–3||
|11||November 13, 1994||San Diego Chargers||L 14–13||
|12||November 20, 1994||Cleveland Browns||W 20–13||
|13||November 27, 1994||at Seattle Seahawks||L 10–9||
|14||December 4, 1994||Denver Broncos||L 20–17||
|15||December 12, 1994||at Miami Dolphins||L 45–28||
|16||December 18, 1994||Houston Oilers||W 31–9||
|17||December 24, 1994||at Los Angeles Raiders||W 19–9||
|(2) San Diego Chargers||11||5||0||.688||381||306||W2|
|(6) Kansas City Chiefs||9||7||0||.563||319||298||W2|
|Los Angeles Raiders||9||7||0||.563||303||327||L1|
|Wildcard||December 31, 1994||at Miami Dolphins||L 27–17||
- "1994 Kansas City Chiefs draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 4, 2014.