The Kansas City Chiefs, based in Kansas City, Missouri, is a professional American Football team that plays as a part of the AFC West division in the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League.
The Chiefs franchise was originally founded by businessman Lamar Hunt in 1960 and named the Dallas Texans – and became a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). However, the Texans relocated to Kansas City in 1963, where it was rebranded to the Kansas City Chiefs.
It was after the 1970 NFL-AFL merger that the Chiefs joined the NFL – and has most recently been valued at more than $2 billion. Lamar Hunt’s son, Clark Hunt is currently on the team’s personnel as the chairman and the CEO, but the actual ownership of the club was inherited by Hunt’s wife and children when he passed away in 2006. Clark Hunt is the man in charge of the business, however, and he is the representative of the club and is the one that holds the authority.
In their franchise history, the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFL championships pre-merger three times – in 1962, 1966 and again in 1969. Moreover, behind the New York Jets, they were the second team to beat an NFL team in an NFL-AFL World Championship game – which came at Super Bowl IV in January 1970 when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings – the last game before the final league merger. After the Green Bay Packers, they were also the second team to reach the Super Bowl more than once – and the first AFL team to manage this. Another string to their bow is that they are also the first team to reach the championship game in two separate decades.
Although they enjoyed plenty of postseason success in their early years – winning five out of six of their first postseason games, they struggled to achieve any real success in the postseason in the decades that followed. Indeed, between 1993 and 2017, they lost ten out of eleven playoff games – losing eight consecutive games. However, since then, their fortunes have turned around and they have won five out of six of their last playoff matches, through the divisional round, winning the AFC Championship game and into the 2020 Super Bowl LIV – defeating the San Francisco 49ers. This was their first championship win in more than 50 years. The next season, in 2021, they defeated Josh Allen and his Buffalo Bills team in the AFC Championship Games to make another Super Bowl appearance but lost out in that final game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
All About the Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs was originally established in August 1959 – over 60 years ago. Their home ground is the Arrowhead Stadium, which is located in Kansas City, Missouri with their headquarters and training facility being found at the University of Kansas City Health System.
The Kansas City Chiefs Player Personnel
- Owners: The Hunt family
- Chairman and CEO: Clark Hunt
- President: Mark Donovan
- Head Coach: Andy Reid
- General Manager: Brett Veach
Probably the best player in the Chiefs’ history was Derrick Thomas, who played for the team as an outside linebacker between 1989 and 1999. During his rookie season, he managed 10 sacks, 75 tackles, a fumble recovery and three forced fumbles. However, the next season he enjoyed one of the best ever seasons for an outside linebacker – setting the all-time record for sacks in a single game. In his career, he tallied a team record of 126.5 sacks and holds the Chiefs record for safeties and forced fumbles.
Thomas earned the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 1993, was elected to nine pro bowls and two First-Team All-Pros. He was also the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Unfortunately, in February 2000 he was killed in a car accident at just 33 years old, whilst still a strong team player. He has been sorely missed by the Chiefs fans, Kansas City community and football fans across the US. In recognition of his achievements, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
The Kansas City Chiefs Main Rivalries
The Kansas City Chiefs’ main rivals in the NFL are:
The Las Vegas Raiders
One of the most bitter of all the NFL rivalries is the one between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Las Vegas Raiders. These two teams have faced each other regularly since the American Football League (AFL) was first established in 1960 – having been part of the same division ever since – first both playing in the AFL Western Conference and following the merger, both playing in the AFC West division. Their first meeting was in September 1960 when the Chiefs (then known as the Texans) beat the Raiders 34-16. Since then, up until the end of the 2021-22 season, they have met 126 times and the Chiefs lead the all-time series 70-54-2.
The Denver Broncos
The Chiefs and Broncos have been divisional rivals since the establishment of the AFL in 1960. First in the AFL Western Conference and then in the AFC West division of the NFL. During the 1960s, it was the Chiefs that dominated the rivalry – winning 19 of the 20 matches. However, since then the Broncos have upped their game, winning the series for the next few decades up until the 2010s – where the Chiefs won 11-9 – the narrowest of margins. Up until the end of the 2021-22 season, they have met 125 times – including the playoffs and the Chiefs are leading the way 70-55, but the Broncos have won the only postseason game in 1998.
The Chiefs/Texans lead the series 70–55, but since the Texans moved to Kansas City and became the Chiefs, they lead 64–55. Dallas swept all six meetings in the rivalry’s first three years.
The Los Angeles Chargers
Another rivalry is with the Los Angeles Chargers – who have also been in the same division as the Chiefs since the establishment of the AFL in 1960. The Kansas City Chiefs is one of only four teams that has managed to achieve a winning record against all of their divisional rivals in regular season, with over 100 games (alongside the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys). On the other hand, the Chargers are one of only three teams that have suffered a losing record against all of the other teams in their division (along with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions). Up until the end of the 2021-22 season, they have met 124 times and the Kansas City Chiefs lead the series 65-58-1.
Kansas City Chiefs Facts
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Kansas City Chiefs Nicknames
- The Redwood Forest – the nickname of their defense between 1966 and 1971
- The Legion of Zoom – the nickname given to their offense from 2018 until present
In NFL history, the Kansas City Chiefs have won the league Championship 5 times – 3 times pre AFL-NFL merger:
Plus two Super Bowl wins :
- 1969: Super Bowl IV
- 2019: Super Bowl LIV
NFL/NFC Conference Championships
In the Kansas City Chiefs history, they have won the Conference Championships twice – both during their time in the AFC conference:
The Kansas City Chiefs NFL team has won 14 Division championships – 2 whilst playing in the AFL Western Division:
Plus 14 as part of the AFC West division:
Playoff Berth Appearances
The Kansas City Chiefs reached the AFC divisional playoffs 24 times – four times in the AFL:
1962, 1966, 1968 and 1969
and the NFL playoffs 20 times:
1971, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Kansas City Chiefs Home Fields
Since they were first created, the Kansas City Chiefs have had three home fields:
- The Cotton Bowl between 1960 and 1962
- The Municipal Stadium between 1963 and 1971
- The Arrowhead Stadium from 1972 until present
Kansas City Chiefs Pro Football Hall of Famers
Here are the players who have spent all or part of their football careers playing for the Kansas City Chiefs and who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- No. Player Position Dates Induction
- 78 Bobby Bell LB 1963–1974 1983
- 63 Willie Lanier LB 1967–1977 1986
- 16 Len Dawson QB 1963–1975 1987
- 86 Buck Buchanan DT 1963–1975 1990
- 3 Jan Stenerud K 1967–1979 1991
- 53 Mike Webster C 1989–1990 1997
- 19 Joe Montana QB 1993–1994 2000
- 32 Marcus Allen RB 1993–1997 2003
- 1 Warren Moon QB 1999–2000 2006
- 18 Emmitt Thomas CB 1966–1978 2008
- 58 Derrick Thomas LB 1989–1999 2009
- 77 Willie Roaf OT 2002–2005 2012
- 61 Curley Culp DT 1968–1974 2013
- 68 Will Shields OG 1993–2006 2015
- 8 Morten Andersen K 2002–2003 2017
- 88 Tony Gonzalez TE 1997–2008 2019
- 24 Ty Law CB 2006–2007 2019
- 42 Johnny Robinson S 1960–1971 2019
Coaches and Contributors
- Name Position Dates Inducted
- Lamar Hunt Founder: franchise and AFL 1960–2006 1972
- Marv Levy Head coach 1978–1982 2001
- Hank Stram Head coach 1960–1974 2003
- Bill Polian Contributor 1978–1982 2015
- Bobby Beathard Contributor 1963, 1966–1967 2018
Kansas City Chiefs Most Valuable Player Awards
In the history of the Super Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs have had two Super Bowl MVP players.
- Season Player Position
- 1970 Len Dawson QB
- 2019 Patrick Mahomes QB
Kansas City Chiefs FAQs
Who is Better – the Chiefs or the Bills?
Although they aren’t in the same division, up until the end of the 2021-22 season, the Bills have played the Chiefs 51 times, including four postseason games. It is the Buffalo Bills that lead the all-time series 27-23-1 and have scored 1123 points compared to the Chiefs 1044 points. So, in terms of head to head, the Bills come out on top. However, on current form, the Chiefs would be considered stronger and most bookmakers would place them as favourites.
Who Did the Chiefs Beat in the 2021 NFL Playoffs AFC Championship Game?
The Chiefs beat the Bills 38-24 in the AFC Championship Game in 2021 but lost in the Super Bowl to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.