1964 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1964 Kansas City Chiefs season was the 5th season for the Kansas City Chiefs as a professional AFL franchise; The Chiefs began the year with a 2–1 mark before dropping three consecutive games as several of the team's best players, including E.J. Holub, Fred Arbanas and Johnny Robinson, missed numerous games with injuries. Arbanas missed the final two games of the year after undergoing surgery to his left eye, in which he suffered almost total loss of vision. Running back Mack Lee Hill, who signed with the club as a rookie free agent and received a mere $300 signing bonus, muscled his way into the starting lineup and earned a spot in the AFL All-Star Game. The club rounded out the season with two consecutive wins to close the season at 7–7, finishing second in the AFL Western Conference behind the San Diego Chargers. An average of just 18,126 fans attended each home game at Municipal Stadium, prompting discussion at the AFL owners’ meeting about the Chiefs future in Kansas City.[1]

1964 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachHank Stram
Home fieldMunicipal Stadium
Division place2nd AFL Western
Playoff finishdid not qualify
AFL All-StarsNo all-star game due to boycott

Season schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 13, 1964 at Buffalo Bills L 34–17
2 September 27, 1964 at Oakland Raiders W 21–9
3 October 4, 1964 Houston Oilers W 28–7
4 October 11, 1964 at Denver Broncos L 33–27
5 October 18, 1964 Buffalo Bills L 35–22
6 October 23, 1964 at Boston Patriots L 24–7
7 November 1, 1964 Denver Broncos W 49–39
8 November 8, 1964 Oakland Raiders W 42–7
9 November 15, 1964 San Diego Chargers L 28–14
10 November 22, 1964 at Houston Oilers W 28–19
11 November 29, 1964 at New York Jets L 27–14
12 December 6, 1964 Boston Patriots L 31–24
13 December 13, 1964 at San Diego Chargers W 49–6
14 December 20, 1964 New York Jets W 24–7


AFL Western Division
San Diego Chargers 8 5 1 .615 4–2 341 300 L2
Kansas City Chiefs 7 7 0 .500 4–2 366 306 W2
Oakland Raiders 5 7 2 .417 2–3–1 303 350 W2
Denver Broncos 2 11 1 .154 1–4–1 240 438 L2

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.


  1. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs History 1960's". Archived from the original on October 18, 2004. Retrieved July 30, 2007.
List of Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterbacks

The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs are a member of the Western Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL). Originally named the Dallas Texans, the club was founded by Lamar Hunt in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. In 1963, the team moved to Kansas City, Missouri and were renamed the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs have had 37 different quarterbacks start at least one game in their franchise's history, 21 of which have started at least 10 games. Cotton Davidson was the team's first starting quarterback; he played all 14 games for the Texans in their inaugural 1960 season. Davidson played with the franchise from 1960 to 1962, and was traded in 1963 to the Oakland Raiders. Len Dawson signed with on July 2, 1962 and played for the franchise for 14 seasons. With Dawson as the team's starter, the Texans/Chiefs won three American Football League championships and appeared in two Super Bowl championship games. Dawson was named Most Valuable Player after the Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl IV and retired in 1975 with several franchise records. Three quarterbacks currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame have started at least one game for Kansas City: Dawson, Joe Montana, and Warren Moon. In the 2008 season, the Chiefs started three quarterbacks: Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard, and Tyler Thigpen. After Croyle and Huard were sidelined by injuries, Thigpen played in eleven games, winning one and losing ten. In 2009 and 2010, Matt Cassel started 15 of 16 games each season, while Croyle started the other 2 games.

Playoff appearances (20)
Division championships (10)
League championships (3)
Retired numbers
Current league affiliations
Former league affiliation
Seasons (59)
Eastern Division
Western Division

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