The Kansas City Chiefs have completed 59 seasons in professional American football and 49 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 2018, 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 900 total games in a total of 59 seasons, and a winning percentage of .521. The team’s three 13-win seasons in 1995, 1997, and 2003 remain their best regular season records 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 Super Bowls I and IV in 1966 and 1969. Since the franchise’s alignment to the NFL in 1970, the team has won eleven division championships including three straight and eight wild card playoff berths, seven of which were between 1990 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. It had been a long drought between AFC Championship games, with their next appearance in the 2018–19 playoffs. The Chiefs' first home AFC Championship game ended in an overtime defeat as the New England Patriots moved on to win a record-tying sixth Super Bowl ring.
The Chiefs have suffered two main periods of failure. Between 1972 and 1985 the 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. However, the recent Chiefs have done much better, with a 67–34 record (including postseason) from the 2013 to 2018 seasons. After a Week 10 win over the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, the Chiefs clinched six consecutive winning seasons and three consecutive division titles.
|AFL Champions (1960–1969)||Super Bowl Champions (1966–present)||Conference Champions||Division Champions||Wild Card Berth|
|Season||Team||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason results||Awards||Head coaches|
|1960||1960||AFL||Western||2nd||8||6||0||Abner Haynes (UPI/AP AFL MVP)||Hank Stram|
|1962||1962||AFL||Western||1st||11||3||0||Won AFL Championship (1) (at Oilers) 20–17 (2OT)||Len Dawson (TSN AFL MVP)|
|Kansas City Chiefs|
|1966||1966||AFL||Western||1st||11||2||1||Won AFL Championship (at Bills) 31–7
Lost Super Bowl I (vs. Packers) 10–35
|1968||1968||AFL||Western||2nd||12||2||0||Lost Western Division playoff (at Raiders) 6–41||Hank Stram (UPI/PFW AFL COY)|
|1969||1969||AFL||Western||2nd||11||3||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (at Jets) 13–6
Won AFL Championship (at Raiders) 17–7
Won Super Bowl IV (2) (vs. Vikings) 23–7
|Len Dawson (Super Bowl IV MVP)|
|1971||1971||NFL||AFC||West||1st||10||3||1||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 24–27 (2OT)||Otis Taylor (AFC POY)|
Willie Lanier (Pro Bowl Co–MVP)
Jan Stenerud (Pro Bowl Co–MVP)
|1972||1972||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||8||6||0||Willie Lanier (NFL MOY)|
|1973||1973||NFL||AFC||West||3rd||7||5||2||Len Dawson (NFL MOY)|
|1977||1977||NFL||AFC||West||5th||2||12||0||Paul Wiggin (1–6) |
Tom Bettis (1–6)
|1984||1984||NFL||AFC||West||4th||8||8||0||Bill Maas (DROY)|
|1986||1986||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||10||6||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Jets) 15–35|
|1989||1989||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||8||7||1||Derrick Thomas (DROY)
Christian Okoye (OPOY)
|1990||1990||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||11||5||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Dolphins) 16–17||Barry Word (CPOY)|
|1991||1991||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||10||6||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Raiders) 10–6
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Bills) 14–37
|1992||1992||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||10||6||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Chargers) 0–17||Dale Carter (DROY)|
|1993||1993||NFL||AFC||West||1st||11||5||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Steelers) 27–24 (OT)
Won Divisional Playoffs (at Oilers) 28–20
Lost AFC Championship (at Bills) 13–30
|Marcus Allen (CPOY)|
Derrick Thomas (MOY)
|1994||1994||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||9||7||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Dolphins) 17–27|
|1995||1995||NFL||AFC||West||1st||13||3||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 7–10||Marty Schottenheimer (UPI COY)|
|1997||1997||NFL||AFC||West||1st||13||3||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 10–14|
|2002||2002||NFL||AFC||West||4th||8||8||0||Priest Holmes (OPOY)|
|2003||2003||NFL||AFC||West||1st||13||3||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 31–38||Will Shields (MOY)|
Dick Vermeil (MFC COY)
|2006||2006||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||9||7||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Colts) 8–23||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) 7–30|
|2011||2011||NFL||AFC||West||4th||7||9||0||Todd Haley (5–8) |
Romeo Crennel (2–1)
|2013||2013||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||11||5||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Colts) 44–45||Andy Reid|
|2015||2015||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||11||5||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Texans) 30–0
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Patriots) 20–27
|Marcus Peters (DROY)|
Eric Berry (CPOY)
|2016||2016||NFL||AFC||West||1st||12||4||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 16–18|
|2017||2017||NFL||AFC||West||1st||10||6||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Titans) 21–22|
|2018||2018||NFL||AFC||West||1st||12||4||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 31–13
Lost AFC Championship (Patriots) 31–37 (OT)
|Patrick Mahomes (MVP, OPOY)|
|Total||469||419||12||(1960–2018, includes only regular season)|
|10||19||0||(1960–2018, includes only playoffs)|
|479||438||12||(1960–2018, includes both regular season and playoffs; 3 AFL Championships, 1 Super Bowl Championship)|
- The Chiefs and Oakland Raiders both finished the 1968 American Football League season with a 12–2 record. The teams played a one game playoff. The Raiders won the game and the Western Division championship.
- Lanier and Stenerud were named Defensive MVP and Offensive MVP of the 1972 Pro Bowl
- Due to the 1982 NFL Players Association strike, teams were ranked by conference instead of divisional standings.
- Due to the 1987 NFL Players Association strike, the season was shortened to 15 games.
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