1993 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1993 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 24th season in the National Football League and the 34th overall. They improved on their 10-6 record from 1992 and won the AFC West and with an 11-5 record. Kansas City advanced all the way to the AFC Championship before losing to the Buffalo Bills 30–13, which started the Chiefs' NFL record 8 game playoff losing streak. It would be 22 years before the Chiefs would win another playoff game.[1]

The season marked the first for new quarterback Joe Montana, who was acquired through a trade with the San Francisco 49ers and running back Marcus Allen from the Los Angeles Raiders, both winners of five Super Bowl championships combined. This would be the last time until 2018 that the Chiefs would appear in the AFC Championship game or win a home playoff game.

1993 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachMarty Schottenheimer
General managerCarl Peterson
OwnerLamar Hunt
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishWon AFC Wild Card Playoffs (Steelers) 27-24
Won AFC Divisional Playoffs (Oilers) 28-20
Lost AFC Championship (Bills) 30-13
Pro BowlersQB Joe Montana
RB Marcus Allen
T John Alt
DE Neil Smith
LB Derrick Thomas


Montana and Marcus

Kansas City acquired two Super Bowl MVPs with one fell swoop--Joe Montana from the San Francisco 49ers and Marcus Allen. Allen arrived from Kansas City's most hated rival, the Los Angeles Raiders, in a move still talked about today when discussing football's most heated rivalry. Leading into the 1993 season, the Chiefs had not only a proven passer, but also a proven running game to complement their already powerful defense.

The previous season, the Chiefs' starting quarterback was Dave Krieg and their running back was Christian Okoye. Okoye suffered a knee injury prior to training camp in 1993, but keeping Krieg would prove to be a wise decision in the event of injury to the new starter Montana.

Allen was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1993 after rushing for twelve touchdowns and 764 yards.

NFL draft

With their first pick in the 1993 NFL draft, coming in the third round, the Chiefs' selected future all-pro guard Will Shields out of the University of Nebraska. Shields went on to start 215 of the 224 career games he played for the team and was selected to 12 Pro Bowls.[2]

1993 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
3 74 Will Shields *  Guard Nebraska
4 103 Jaime Fields  Linebacker Washington
5 130 Lindsay Knapp  Guard Notre Dame
6 159 Darius Turner  Running back Washington
7 186 Danan Hughes  Wide receiver Iowa
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career




1993 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Founder – Lamar Hunt
  • Chairman of the Board – Jack Steadman
  • President/General Manager/Chief Executive Officer – Carl Peterson
  • Assistant General Manager – Dennis Thum
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Lynn Stiles
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Mark Hatley
  • Director of College Scouting – Terry Bradway

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning


1993 Kansas City Chiefs roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics

Regular season

The Chiefs finished the regular season with a record of 11–5 after many close wins, advancing them to the playoffs for the fourth straight season.


◊: Denotes an over-time game

Week Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–3 Tampa Stadium
2 at Houston Oilers L 30–0 Astrodome
3 Denver Broncos W 15–7 Arrowhead Stadium
Week 4 — Bye
5 Los Angeles Raiders W 24–9 Arrowhead Stadium
6 Cincinnati Bengals W 17–15 Arrowhead Stadium
7 at San Diego Chargers W 17–14 Jack Murphy Stadium
Week 8 — Bye[4]
9 at Miami Dolphins L 30–10 Joe Robbie Stadium
10 Green Bay Packers W 23–16 Arrowhead Stadium
11 at Los Angeles Raiders W 31–20 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
12 Chicago Bears L 19–17 Arrowhead Stadium
13 Buffalo Bills W 23–7 Arrowhead Stadium
14 at Seattle Seahawks W 31–16 Kingdome
15 at Denver Broncos L 27–21 Mile High Stadium
16 San Diego Chargers W 28–24 Arrowhead Stadium
17 at Minnesota Vikings L 30–10 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
18 Seattle Seahawks W 34–24 Arrowhead Stadium
1994 Playoffs
Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–24 Arrowhead Stadium
Houston Oilers W 28–20 Astrodome
Buffalo Bills L 30–13 Rich Stadium


AFC West
(3) Kansas City Chiefs 11 5 0 .688 328 291 W1
(4) Los Angeles Raiders 10 6 0 .625 306 326 W1
(5) Denver Broncos 9 7 0 .563 373 284 L2
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 322 290 W2
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 .375 280 314 L1

Game summaries

Week 11 at Raiders


AFC Wild Card Playoffs

Chiefs kicker Nick Lowery made the winning 32-yard field goal after 11:03 of overtime. The Steelers scored first on tight end Adrian Cooper's 10-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Neil O'Donnell. Kansas City then tied the game after backup quarterback Dave Krieg, who temporarily replaced injured starter Joe Montana, threw a 23-yard touchdown to wide receiver J.J. Birden. However, Pittsburgh scored 10 unanswered points in the second quarter: kicker Gary Anderson's 30-yard field goal and O'Donnell's 26-yard touchdown completion to wide receiver Ernie Mills. After Lowery made a 23-yard field goal in the third quarter, the Chiefs eventually tied the game in the fourth period with running back Marcus Allen's 2-yard touchdown. However, the Steelers marched 74-yards to take the lead on O'Donnell's third touchdown pass of the game, a 22-yard score to tight end Eric Green. In the final minutes of regulation, Keith Cash blocked a Pittsburgh punt and Fred Jones returned it to the Steelers 9-yard line. On fourth down, wide receiver Tim Barnett scored on a 7-yard touchdown reception from Montana to tie the game. Then after forcing Pittsburgh to punt, Kansas City drove 47 yards to set up Lowery's 43-yard field-goal attempt in the closing seconds, but the kick was wide right and thus the game went into overtime. Montana finished the game with 276 passing yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions.

AFC Divisional Playoffs

Chiefs quarterback Joe Montana threw three touchdown passes in the second half to give his team a 28–20 win. The Oilers jumped to a 10–0 lead in the first quarter with kicker Al Del Greco's 49-yard field goal and running back Gary Brown's 2-yard touchdown. Then after a scoreless second period, Montana threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Keith Cash in the third quarter. In the fourth period, Del Greco kicked a 43-yard field goal to give Houston a 13–7 lead. But aided by a 38-yard pass interference penalty, the Chiefs advanced 71 yards to score on wide receiver J.J. Birden's 11-yard touchdown reception from Montana. On the Oilers' next possession, Kansas City defensive lineman Dan Saleaumua recovered a fumble by Houston quarterback Warren Moon, setting up Montana's 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Willie Davis. The Oilers then drove 80 yards to score on wide receiver Ernest Givins' 7-yard touchdown catch, but the Chiefs responded with running back Marcus Allen's game-clinching 21-yard touchdown run that capped off a 79-yard drive. The Oilers had 1:51 left to score but failed on a 4th down attempt on their own 20 yard line. This would be the Chiefs' last playoff win until the 2015 season.

AFC Championship

Running back Thurman Thomas led the Bills to the 30–13 victory by recording 186 rushing yards, 3 receptions for 22 yards, and three touchdowns. Buffalo scored first on Thomas' 12-yard touchdown run before Chiefs kicker Nick Lowery kicked two field goals. In the second quarter, Thomas scored on a 3-yard touchdown and Bills kicker Steve Christie made two field goals to extend the lead 20–6. With 21 seconds left in the first half, the Chiefs reached the Buffalo 5-yard line, but quarterback Joe Montana's pass was intercepted by Bills defensive back Henry Jones. Montana later suffered a concussion during the third play of the third quarter and left the game. Kansas City backup quarterback Dave Krieg then led his team on a 90-yard drive to score on running back Marcus Allen's 1-yard touchdown. However, Buffalo scored 10 unanswered points in the final period, an 18-yard field goal by Christie and a 3-yard touchdown by Thomas, to preserve the victory.


  1. ^ "Chiefs pummel Texans in 30-0 shutout win". NFL.com.
  2. ^ "Will Shields NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on October 9, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "1993 Kansas City Chiefs draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  4. ^ For the 1993 NFL season, all teams were scheduled two bye-weeks over the newly expanded 18-week schedule. This was the only time in NFL history that the season expanded to 18-weeks with 16 games. The format changed for the 1994 season.

External links

History of Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks

31 quarterbacks have started for the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs since their franchise began. The team has also had numerous backup quarterbacks that have stolen the spotlight from the starters.Under Len Dawson, the Texans/Chiefs won three American Football League championships and appeared in two Super Bowl championship games. Dawson was named Most Valuable Player following the Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl IV. Dawson played a total of 13 seasons with Kansas City and retired with many franchise records. Despite never having success in developing and drafting a quality quarterback of their own, the Chiefs have achieved success under many veteran quarterbacks, including Dave Krieg, Joe Montana, Elvis Grbac, Trent Green and Alex Smith. The Chiefs have often relied on veteran leadership at the position.

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.

Game information
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP KC SD
1 4:25 Chiefs Marcus Allen 15-yard touchdown reception from Joe Montana, Nick Lowery kick good 7 0
2 9:20 Chargers Natrone Means 7-yard touchdown run, John Carney kick good 7 7
2 0:00 Chiefs 37-yard field goal by Nick Lowery 10 7
4 13:55 Chargers Anthony Miller 4-yard touchdown reception from John Friesz, John Carney kick good 10 14
4 1:57 Chiefs Marcus Allen 1-yard touchdown run, Nick Lowery kick good 17 14
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 17 14
Game information
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP KC LA
1 10:08 Raiders Napoleon McCallum 4-yard touchdown run, Jeff Jaeger kick good 0 7
2 9:00 Raiders Ethan Horton 8-yard touchdown reception from Jeff Hostetler, Jeff Jaeger kick good 0 14
2 2:01 Chiefs Kimble Anders 15-yard touchdown reception from Dave Krieg, Nick Lowery kick good 7 14
2 0:00 Raiders 35-yard field goal by Jeff Jaeger 7 17
3 5:39 Chiefs Marcus Allen 4-yard touchdown run, Nick Lowery kick good 14 17
3 1:08 Chiefs Willie Davis 66-yard touchdown reception from Dave Krieg, Nick Lowery kick good 21 17
4 10:15 Raiders 30-yard field goal by Jeff Jaeger 21 20
4 3:57 Chiefs 30-yard field goal by Nick Lowery 24 20
4 2:52 Chiefs Keith Cash 4-yard touchdown reception from Dave Krieg, Nick Lowery kick good 31 20
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 31 20
Game information
  • PIT – Cooper 10 pass from O'Donnell (Anderson kick)
  • KC – Birden 23 pass from Krieg (Lowery kick)
  • PIT – FG Anderson 30
  • PIT – Mills 26 pass from O'Donnell (Anderson kick)
  • KC – FG Lowery 23
  • KC – Allen 2 run (Lowery kick)
  • PIT – Green 22 pass from O'Donnell (Anderson kick)
  • KC – Barnett 7 pass from Montana (Lowery kick)
  • KC – FG Lowery 32
Game information
  • HOU – FG Del Greco 49
  • HOU – G. Brown 2 run (Del Greco kick)
  • KC – K. Cash 7 pass from Montana (Lowery kick)
  • HOU – FG Del Greco 43
  • KC – Birden 11 pass from Montana (Lowery kick)
  • KC – W. Davis 18 pass from Montana (Lowery kick)
  • HOU – Givins 7 pass from Moon (Del Greco kick)
  • KC – Allen 21 run (Lowery kick)
Game information
  • BUF – Thomas 12 run (Christie kick)
  • KC – FG Lowery 31
  • KC – FG Lowery 31
  • BUF – Thomas 3 run (Christie kick)
  • BUF – FG Christie 23
  • BUF – FG Christie 25
  • KC – Allen 1 run (Lowery kick)
  • BUF – FG Christie 18
  • BUF – Thomas 3 run (Christie kick)
Playoff appearances (20)
Division championships (10)
League championships (3)
Retired numbers
Current league affiliations
Former league affiliation
Seasons (59)

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