List of Kansas City Chiefs seasons

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For complete team history, see History of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Arrowhead Stadium has served as the Chiefs’ home stadium since 1973.

The Kansas City Chiefs have completed 55 seasons in professional American football and 45 with the National Football League (NFL). This article documents the season-by-season records of the Chiefs franchise from 1960 to the conclusion of their most recent season in 2015, including postseason records, and league awards for individual players or head coaches.

The team began play as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) in 1960 as the Dallas Texans. Following the 1962 AFL season, the team relocated to Kansas City, Missouri and was renamed the Kansas City Chiefs. The team has played in 810 total games in a total of 51 seasons, and a winning percentage of .514. The team’s three 13-win seasons in 1995, 1997, and 2003 remain their winningest seasons to date and their 2—14 record in 2008 and 2012 is the Chiefs’ worst.

The Texans/Chiefs were the winningest team in the history of the AFL, compiling an 87—48 record from 1960 to 1969. The team won three league championships and served as the AFL’s representative in the Super Bowl in 1966 and 1969. Since the franchise’s alignment to the NFL, the team has won six division championships and six wild card playoff berths, seven of which were between 1989 and 1997 when the team never lost as many games as it won. Despite the franchise’s early success, the Chiefs did not win a post-season game between the 1993–94 and 2015–16 playoffs, whilst their victory on January 11, 1970 remains the franchise’s only Super Bowl title to date.

The Chiefs have suffered two main periods of failure. Between 1972 and 1985 the Kansas City Chiefs never appeared in the postseason and achieved only one winning season (in 1981) from 1974 until 1985. Between 2007 and 2012, the Chiefs also struggled, with two two-win and two four-win seasons.

Seasons[edit]

  • Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular and postseason records are combined only at the bottom of the list.
AFL Champions (1960–1969) Super Bowl Champions (1970–present) Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason Results Awards Head coaches
Finish Wins Losses Ties
Dallas Texans
1960 1960 AFL Western 2nd 8 6 0 Abner Haynes (UPI/AP AFL MVP) Hank Stram
1961 1961 AFL Western 2nd 6 8 0 Hank Stram
1962 1962 AFL Western 1st 11 3 0 Won AFL Championship (1) (Oilers) 20–17 (2 OT) Len Dawson (TSN AFL MVP) Hank Stram
Kansas City Chiefs
1963 1963 AFL Western 3rd 5 7 2 Hank Stram
1964 1964 AFL Western 2nd 7 7 0 Hank Stram
1965 1965 AFL Western 3rd 7 5 2 Hank Stram
1966 1966 AFL Western 1st 11 2 1 Won AFL Championship (Bills) 31–7
Lost Super Bowl I (Packers) 35–10
Hank Stram
1967 1967 AFL Western 2nd 9 5 0 Hank Stram
1968 1968 AFL Western 2nd[1] 12 2 0 Lost Western Division playoff (Raiders) 41–6 Hank Stram (UPI/PFW AFL COY) Hank Stram
1969 1969 AFL Western 2nd 11 3 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Jets) 13–6
Won AFL Championship (Raiders) 17–7
Won Super Bowl IV (2) (Vikings) 23–7
Len Dawson (Super Bowl IV MVP) Hank Stram
1970 1970 NFL AFC West 2nd 7 5 2 Hank Stram
1971 1971 NFL AFC West 1st 10 3 1 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 27–24 (2 OT) Otis Taylor (AFC POY)
Willie Lanier (Pro Bowl Co–MVP)[2]
Jan Stenerud (Pro Bowl Co–MVP)[2]
Hank Stram
1972 1972 NFL AFC West 2nd 8 6 0 Willie Lanier (NFL MOY) Hank Stram
1973 1973 NFL AFC West 3rd 7 5 2 Len Dawson (NFL MOY) Hank Stram
1974 1974 NFL AFC West 3rd 5 9 0 Hank Stram
1975 1975 NFL AFC West 3rd 5 9 0 Paul Wiggin
1976 1976 NFL AFC West 4th 5 9 0 Paul Wiggin
1977 1977 NFL AFC West 5th 2 12 0 Paul Wiggin (1–6)
Tom Bettis (1–6)
1978 1978 NFL AFC West 5th 4 12 0 Marv Levy
1979 1979 NFL AFC West 5th 7 9 0 Marv Levy
1980 1980 NFL AFC West 3rd 8 8 0 Marv Levy
1981 1981 NFL AFC West 3rd 9 7 0 Marv Levy
1982 1982 NFL AFC West 11th[3] 3 6 0 Marv Levy
1983 1983 NFL AFC West 5th 6 10 0 John Mackovic
1984 1984 NFL AFC West 4th 8 8 0 Bill Maas (DROY) John Mackovic
1985 1985 NFL AFC West 5th 6 10 0 John Mackovic
1986 1986 NFL AFC West 2nd 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 35–15 John Mackovic
1987[4] 1987 NFL AFC West 5th 4 11 0 Frank Gansz
1988 1988 NFL AFC West 5th 4 11 1 Frank Gansz
1989 1989 NFL AFC West 2nd 8 7 1 Derrick Thomas (DROY)
Christian Okoye (OPOY)
Marty Schottenheimer
1990 1990 NFL AFC West 2nd 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Dolphins) 17–16 Barry Word (CPOY) Marty Schottenheimer
1991 1991 NFL AFC West 2nd 10 6 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Raiders) 10–6
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Bills) 37–14
Marty Schottenheimer
1992 1992 NFL AFC West 2nd 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Chargers) 17–0 Dale Carter (DROY) Marty Schottenheimer
1993 1993 NFL AFC West 1st 11 5 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Steelers) 27–24
Won Divisional Playoffs (Oilers) 28–20
Lost Conference Championship (Bills) 30–13
Marcus Allen (CPOY)
Derrick Thomas (MOY)
Marty Schottenheimer
1994 1994 NFL AFC West 2nd 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Dolphins) 27–17 Marty Schottenheimer
1995 1995 NFL AFC West 1st 13 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 10–7 Marty Schottenheimer (UPI COY) Marty Schottenheimer
1996 1996 NFL AFC West 2nd 9 7 0 Marty Schottenheimer
1997 1997 NFL AFC West 1st 13 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 14–10 Marty Schottenheimer
1998 1998 NFL AFC West 4th 7 9 0 Marty Schottenheimer
1999 1999 NFL AFC West 2nd 9 7 0 Gunther Cunningham
2000 2000 NFL AFC West 3rd 7 9 0 Gunther Cunningham
2001 2001 NFL AFC West 4th 6 10 0 Dick Vermeil
2002 2002 NFL AFC West 4th 8 8 0 Priest Holmes (OPOY) Dick Vermeil
2003 2003 NFL AFC West 1st 13 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 38–31 Will Shields (MOY)
Dick Vermeil (MFC COY)
Dick Vermeil
2004 2004 NFL AFC West 3rd 7 9 0 Dick Vermeil
2005 2005 NFL AFC West 2nd 10 6 0 Dick Vermeil
2006 2006 NFL AFC West 2nd 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Colts) 23–8 Herman Edwards
2007 2007 NFL AFC West 3rd 4 12 0 Dwayne Bowe (ROTW x2) Herman Edwards
2008 2008 NFL AFC West 4th 2 14 0 Herman Edwards
2009 2009 NFL AFC West 4th 4 12 0 Brian Waters (MOY) Todd Haley
2010 2010 NFL AFC West 1st 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Ravens) 30–7 Todd Haley
2011 2011 NFL AFC West 4th 7 9 0 Todd Haley (5–8)
Romeo Crennel (2–1)
2012 2012 NFL AFC West 4th 2 14 0 Romeo Crennel
2013 2013 NFL AFC West 2nd 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Colts) 45–44 Andy Reid
2014 2014 NFL AFC West 2nd 9 7 0 Andy Reid
2015 2015 NFL AFC West 2nd 11 5 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Texans) 30–0
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 27–20
Marcus Peters (DROY)
Eric Berry (CPOY)
Andy Reid
Total 435 405 12 (1960–2015, includes only regular season)
9 16 0 (1960–2015, includes only playoffs)
444 421 12 (1960–2015, includes both regular season and playoffs; 3 AFL Championships, 1 Super Bowl Championship)

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The Chiefs and Oakland Raiders both finished the 1968 American Football League season with a 12–2 record, but the Raiders were declared AFL Western Division champions. Both teams qualified for a one game playoff.
  2. ^ a b Lanier and Stenerud were named Defensive MVP and Offensive MVP of the 1972 Pro Bowl
  3. ^ Due to the 1982 NFL Players Association strike, teams were ranked by conference instead of divisional standings.
  4. ^ Due to the 1987 NFL Players Association strike, the season was shortened to 15 games.

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