1995 Kansas City Chiefs season

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 coachMarty Schottenheimer
OwnerLamar Hunt
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishLost Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 10-7
Pro BowlersQB Steve Bono
FB Kimble Anders
G Will Shields
DE Neil Smith
DT Dan Saleaumua
LB Derrick Thomas
CB Dale Carter


NFL draft

1995 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 31 Trezelle Jenkins  Offensive tackle Michigan
3 81 Tamarick Vanover  Wide receiver Florida State
3 97 Troy Dumas  Linebacker Nebraska
4 134 Steve Stenstrom  Quarterback Stanford
5 155 Mike Pelton  Defensive tackle Auburn
5 164 Jerrott Willard  Linebacker California
6 202 Bryan Proby  Defensive tackle Arizona State
6 207 Tom Barndt  Center Pittsburgh
      Made roster  




1995 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

  • Special Teams – Mike Stock
  • Assistant Special Teams – Woodrow Lowe

Strength and conditioning


1995 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 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.[2] 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 October 22, the Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium, 21–7. Marcus Allen was again a standout for the offense, gaining 890 yards rushing and scoring 5 touchdowns for the season.

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.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance TV Time
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
9 Bye
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

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
• Chiefs 7 13140 34
Seahawks 3 007 10



AFC West
(1) Kansas City Chiefs 13 3 0 .813 358 241 W2
(4) San Diego Chargers 9 7 0 .563 321 323 W5
Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 .500 363 366 L1
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 388 345 W1
Oakland Raiders 8 8 0 .500 348 332 L6


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 7, 1996 Indianapolis Colts L 10–7

Game summary


  1. ^ "1995 Kansas City Chiefs draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1995 NFL Opposition & Defensive Statistics
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Jan-28.
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
Q1SEATodd Peterson 49 yard field goalSEA 3–0
Q1KCWillie Davis 60 yard pass from Steve Bono (Lin Elliott kick)KC 7–3
Q2KCLin Elliott 46 yard field goalKC 10–3
Q2KCWillie Davis 40 yard pass from Steve Bono (Lin Elliott kick)KC 17–3
Q2KCLin Elliott 49 yard field goalKC 20–3
Q3KCTamarick Vanover 99 yard kickoff return (Lin Elliott kick)KC 27–3
Q3KCLake Dawson 16 yard pass from Steve Bono (Lin Elliott kick)KC 34–3
Q4SEABrian Blades 21 yard pass from John Friesz (Todd Peterson kick)KC 34–10
Game information
Playoff appearances (20)
Division championships (10)
League championships (3)
Retired numbers
Current league affiliations
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Seasons (59)

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