The Kansas City Chiefs have a long and storied history in the National Football League. These are the best 10 seasons in the storied franchise’s history.
The Kansas City Chiefs are a storied franchise in the National Football League. Yet despite a significant amount of Hall of Fame talent immortalized in Canton and a slew of great rosters over the years, the team has managed to win only a single Super Bowl.
While we wait and hope for this current team to add a Super Bowl title (or more) to the team’s trophy case, let’s reflect back on the top 10 seasons in franchise history to this point.
10. Kansas City Chiefs, 1995, A Disappointing Pattern
The 1995 Chiefs are an interesting lot to figure out, at least offensively. Consider this: Steve Bono was the quarterback (and miraculously made the Pro Bowl), a 35-year-old Marcus Allen was the lead running back with less than 900 yards on the ground, Willie Davis was the leading receiver with a meager 527 yards through the air, and the team managed only 35 total touchdowns during the regular season.
Defensively, though, the team was a juggernaut. Led by Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas, in the prime of his career, the team also had defensive Pro Bowlers on the line in Dan Saleaumua and Neil Smith. The secondary was led by Dale Carter and James Hasty, both stars in their own right. The team forced 34 turnovers that year and only allowed 23 total touchdowns.
In all, the 1995 squad finished with an AFC West Championship, a 13-3 record, and the top seed in the AFC Playoffs. Unfortunately, that dismal offense and a typical dose of playoff ‘Marty-Ball’ did the team in. Despite only allowing 10 points in the Divisional Round to the Indianapolis Colts, Marty and Steve Bono managed a mere 7 points en route to choking away one of the best seasons in Kansas City history. One would think, then, that the difference in the game, not surprisingly, ended up being Steve Bono’s three interceptions. Despite the -3 turnover ratio, the Chiefs had ample opportunity to win the game.
One would think that a kicker who made 80% of his field goals in the regular season, and 76% of his career, could have made one of three chances to at least tie the game. Unfortunately, it was not to be.
(And no, I’m not writing his name.)