1985 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1985 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 16th season in the National Football League and the 26th overall.

The Chiefs got off to a great start in 1985 with a 47–27 win at New Orleans, while safety Deron Cherry tied an NFL record by registering four interceptions in a 28–7 win against Seattle on September 29 as the club boasted a 3–1 record four games into the season.[1] The club was then confronted with a seven-game losing streak (amidst, nonetheless, the neighboring Kansas City Royals's World Series run) that wasn’t snapped until quarterback Todd Blackledge was installed as the starter against Indianapolis on November 24. The team rebounded to win three of its final five contests of the year with Blackledge under center, further inflaming a quarterback controversy that continued into the 1986 season.[1]

Among these wins was the first time since 1972 that the Chiefs played the Atlanta Falcons, and merely the second in team history.[2] The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team's division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.[3]

One of the few remaining bright spots in a disappointing 6–10 season came in the regular season finale against San Diego when wide receiver Stephone Paige set an NFL record with 309 receiving yards in a 38–34 win, breaking the previous mark of 303 yards set by Cleveland's Jim Benton in 1945. Paige's mark was subsequently surpassed by a 336-yard effort by Flipper Anderson (Los Angeles Rams) in 1989.[1]

1985 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachJohn Mackovic
(3rd season)
General managerJim Schaaf
(Since 1976)
OwnerLamar Hunt
(Since 1959)
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place5th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersS Deron Cherry
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos 1985-12-14 (ticket)
A ticket for a December 1985 game between the Chiefs and the Denver Broncos.

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team



1985 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Quarterbacks – Pete McCulley
  • Offensive Backs – Willie Peete
  • Receivers – Richard Williamson
  • Offensive Line – Marty Galbraith
  • Offensive Assistant – JD Helm
Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – CT Hewgley


1985 Kansas City Chiefs roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad {{{practice_squad}}}

Rookies in italics


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 8, 1985 at New Orleans Saints W 47–27
2 September 12, 1985 Los Angeles Raiders W 36–20
3 September 22, 1985 at Miami Dolphins L 0–31
4 September 29, 1985 Seattle Seahawks W 28–7
5 October 6, 1985 at Los Angeles Raiders L 10–19
6 October 13, 1985 at San Diego Chargers L 20–31
7 October 20, 1985 Los Angeles Rams L 0–16
8 October 27, 1985 Denver Broncos L 10–30
9 November 3, 1985 at Houston Oilers L 20–23
10 November 10, 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers L 28–36
11 November 17, 1985 at San Francisco 49ers L 3–31
12 November 24, 1985 Indianapolis Colts W 20–7
13 December 1, 1985 at Seattle Seahawks L 6–24
14 December 8, 1985 Atlanta Falcons W 38–10
15 December 14, 1985 at Denver Broncos L 13–14
16 December 22, 1985 San Diego Chargers W 38–34

Game summaries

Week 16

1 234Total
Chargers 3 3721 34
• Chiefs 7 2830 38



AFC West
Los Angeles Raiders(1) 12 4 0 .750 5–3 9–3 354 308 W6
Denver Broncos 11 5 0 .688 5–3 8–4 380 329 W2
Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 349 303 L2
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 3–5 7–7 467 435 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 6 10 0 .375 3–5 4–8 317 360 W1


  1. ^ a b c "Kansas City Chiefs History 1980's". Archived from the original on August 6, 2007. Retrieved July 31, 2007.
  2. ^ Atlanta Falcons v Kansas City Chiefs
  3. ^ History of the NFL’s Structure and Formats
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

External links

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.

Scoring summary
1KCStephone Paige 56 yard pass from Todd Blackledge (Nick Lowery kick)Chiefs 7–0
1SDBob Thomas 24 yard field goalChiefs 7–3
2KCHerman Heard 7 yard run (Nick Lowery kick)Chiefs 14–3
2KCMike Pruitt 1 yard run (Nick Lowery kick)Chiefs 21–3
2KCStephone Paige 84 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)Chiefs 28–3
2KCJonathan Hayes 6 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)Chiefs 35–3
2SDBob Thomas 26 yard field goalChiefs 35–6
3SDWes Chandler 5 yard pass from Mark Herrmann (Bob Thomas kick)Chiefs 35–13
3KCNick Lowery 34 yard field goalChiefs 38–13
4SDTim Spencer 2 yard run (Bob Thomas kick)Chiefs 38–20
4SDLionel James 8 yard pass from Mark Herrmann (Bob Thomas kick)Chiefs 38–27
4SDTrumaine Johnson 20 yard pass from Mark Herrmann (Bob Thomas kick)Chiefs 38–34
Playoff appearances (20)
Division championships (10)
League championships (3)
Retired numbers
Current league affiliations
Former league affiliation
Seasons (59)

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