The 1995 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 26th season in the National Football League, the 33rd as the Kansas City Chiefs and the 36th overall. The team improved on their 9-7 from 1994 and finished the regular season with a 13–3 record and the AFC West division championship, However, the Chiefs suffered a detrimental loss in the 1995-96 AFC playoffs when Placekicker Lin Elliott missed three crucial field goals, which gave the Indianapolis Colts an upset win.
|1995 Kansas City Chiefs season|
|Head coach||Marty Schottenheimer|
|Home field||Arrowhead Stadium|
|Division place||1st AFC West|
|Playoff finish||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 10-7|
|Pro Bowlers||QB Steve Bono|
FB Kimble Anders
G Will Shields
DE Neil Smith
DT Dan Saleaumua
LB Derrick Thomas
CB Dale Carter
|1995 Kansas City Chiefs draft|
|1||31||Trezelle Jenkins||Offensive tackle||Michigan|
|3||81||Tamarick Vanover||Wide receiver||Florida State|
|5||155||Mike Pelton||Defensive tackle||Auburn|
|6||202||Bryan Proby||Defensive tackle||Arizona State|
|1995 Kansas City Chiefs staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1995 Kansas City Chiefs roster|
The season began promisingly on September 3 with a convincing 34–10 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. New Chiefs quarterback Steve Bono passed for 3,121 yards and 21 touchdowns. Fullback Kimble Anders led the team in pass receptions with 55.
In Week Two, the Chiefs battled back from a two-touchdown deficit to defeat the New York Giants in overtime, 20–17 on September 10. A costly interception, penalties, and struggles on third down all led to a 17–3 Giants lead. The Chiefs didn't score a touchdown until 5:03 remained in the game. On the Chiefs' following possession, Bono completed to Danan Hughes with the game-tying score after a 67-yard, 14-play drive that took just 2 minutes and 32 seconds. Lin Elliott booted the game-winning field goal with 7:11 remaining in overtime to give the Chiefs the win. Marcus Allen led the Chiefs with 86 yards rushing and Bono passed for 187 yards.
The win improved the Chiefs record to 2–0. This was the first of three overtime wins for Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium during the 1995 season, and it set the tone for the team's ability to win tight,close games throughout the regular season.
On September 17, James Hasty picked off a Jeff Hostetler pass and returned it for a touchdown in overtime as the Chiefs' beat the Oakland Raiders, 23–17 to go 3–0. The defense would play a key role in Kansas City's success. The team held its opponents to a league-best 241 points and recorded a third-best 47 sacks. Cornerback Dale Carter led the team with 4 interceptions. Rookie kick returner Tamarick Vanover was also spectacular, returning two kickoffs and one punt for scores. Linebacker Derrick Thomas and defensive ends Neil Smith and Dan Saleaumua also shined for the Chiefs' defense.
On October 1, Quarterback Steve Bono ran for a 76 yard bootleg touchdown, accumulating more than 20% of his total career rushing yards in 1 play. The Chiefs won over the Cardinals 24-3.
On October 9, Tamarick Vanover returned a punt 86 yards in overtime to give the Chiefs a 29–23 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. It was the Chiefs' third overtime win at Arrowhead Stadium during the 1995 season, and was the first time in NFL history that an overtime game had been won on a punt return for a touchdown.
On November 19, the Chiefs win their seventh game in a row, beating the Houston Oilers 20–13 at Arrowhead Stadium, to go 10–1.
On December 24, Tamarick Vanover runs the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, and the Chiefs defeat the Broncos, 26–3. They win the AFC West title and finish the regular season with a 13–3 record.
|1||September 3, 1995||at Seattle Seahawks||W 34–10||NBC 3:00pm CST|
|2||September 10, 1995||New York Giants||W 20–17 (OT)||FOX 12:00pm CST|
|3||September 17, 1995||Oakland Raiders||W 23–17 (OT)||NBC 12:00pm CST|
|4||September 24, 1995||at Cleveland Browns||L 35–17||NBC 3:00pm CST|
|5||October 1, 1995||at Arizona Cardinals||W 24–3||NBC 3:00pm CST|
|6||October 9, 1995||San Diego Chargers||W 29–23 (OT)||ABC 8:00pm CST|
|7||October 15, 1995||New England Patriots||W 31–26||NBC 12:00pm CST|
|8||October 22, 1995||at Denver Broncos||W 21–7||NBC 3:00pm CST|
|10||November 5, 1995||Washington Redskins||W 24–3||FOX 12:00pm CST|
|11||November 12, 1995||at San Diego Chargers||W 22–7||NBC 3:00pm CST|
|12||November 19, 1995||Houston Oilers||W 20–13||ESPN 7:00pm CST|
|13||November 23, 1995||at Dallas Cowboys||L 24–12||NBC 3:00pm CST|
|14||December 3, 1995||at Oakland Raiders||W 29–23||NBC 3:00pm CST|
|15||December 11, 1995||at Miami Dolphins||L 13–6||ABC 8:00pm CST|
|16||December 17, 1995||Denver Broncos||W 20–17||NBC 3:00pm CST|
|17||December 24, 1995||Seattle Seahawks||W 26–3||NBC 12:00pm CST|
|(1) Kansas City Chiefs||13||3||0||.813||358||241||W2|
|(4) San Diego Chargers||9||7||0||.563||321||323||W5|
|Divisional||January 7, 1996||Indianapolis Colts||L 10–7|
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.
|Q1||SEA||Todd Peterson 49 yard field goal||SEA 3–0|
|Q1||KC||Willie Davis 60 yard pass from Steve Bono (Lin Elliott kick)||KC 7–3|
|Q2||KC||Lin Elliott 46 yard field goal||KC 10–3|
|Q2||KC||Willie Davis 40 yard pass from Steve Bono (Lin Elliott kick)||KC 17–3|
|Q2||KC||Lin Elliott 49 yard field goal||KC 20–3|
|Q3||KC||Tamarick Vanover 99 yard kickoff return (Lin Elliott kick)||KC 27–3|
|Q3||KC||Lake Dawson 16 yard pass from Steve Bono (Lin Elliott kick)||KC 34–3|
|Q4||SEA||Brian Blades 21 yard pass from John Friesz (Todd Peterson kick)||KC 34–10|
|Playoff appearances (20)|
|Division championships (10)|
|League championships (3)|
|Current league affiliations|
|Former league affiliation|
Championship seasons in bold