The 1973 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 4th season in the National Football League, the 11th as the Kansas City Chiefs, and the 14th overall. they finished with a 7–5–2 record and missed the playoffs for the 2nd straight year.
The defense kept the club in contention thanks to a nucleus that still included the bulk of the squad's Super Bowl IV starters. Quarterback Mike Livingston started in a 23–13 Opening Day loss against the Los Angeles Rams on September 16, but Len Dawson returned to rally the club for three consecutive wins to get the club off to a 3–1 start for a third consecutive year. The aging Len Dawson made his final start of the year in a 23–14 loss at Buffalo on October 29 and was replaced for the remainder of the year by Livingston, beginning a string of three straight seasons in which both players split time at the position.
Livingston led the club to another three straight wins, putting the team in first place in mid-November with a 6–3–1 record. A 1–2–1 ledger over the season’s final month ended the club’s post-season aspirations as the team finished the year in a second-place tie with Denver at 7–5–2. Len Dawson became the second Chiefs player in as many years to win the NFL Man of the Year Award. Following Super Bowl VIII, The AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was held at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20 with the AFC claiming a 15–13 win thanks to five field goals from Miami placekicker Garo Yepremian.
|1973 Kansas City Chiefs season|
|Head coach||Hank Stram|
|Home field||Arrowhead Stadium|
|Division place||3rd AFC West|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||C Jack Rudnay|
LB Willie Lanier
|1973 Kansas City Chiefs roster|
|1||September 16, 1973||Los Angeles Rams||L 13-23|
|2||September 23, 1973||at New England Patriots||W 10–7|
|3||September 30, 1973||Oakland Raiders||W 16–3|
|4||October 7, 1973||Denver Broncos||W 16–14|
|5||October 14, 1973||at Green Bay Packers||T 10–10|
|6||October 21, 1973||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 6-14|
|7||October 29, 1973||at Buffalo Bills||L 14-23|
|8||November 4, 1973||at San Diego Chargers||W 19–0|
|9||November 12, 1973||Chicago Bears||W 19–7|
|10||November 18, 1973||Houston Oilers||W 38–14|
|11||November 25, 1973||at Denver Broncos||L 10-14|
|12||December 2, 1973||Cleveland Browns||T 20–20|
|13||December 8, 1973||at Oakland Raiders||L 7-37|
|14||December 16, 1973||San Diego Chargers||W 33–6|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7||5||2||.571||4–2||6–4–1||231||192||W1|
|San Diego Chargers||2||11||1||.179||0–6||1–9–1||188||386||L4|
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)|
|Current league affiliations|
|Former league affiliation|
Championship seasons in bold