10 Greatest Kansas City Chiefs Teams of All Time

The best team in AFL history is currently enjoying success in the NFL

The Kansas City Chiefs were hands down the best team in AFL history. Founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans before moving to Kansas City in 1963, the franchise won the most titles (three) and most games (87) in league history.

 

Since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970, the Chiefs have had ups and downs in terms of success, but are currently on a good run. Either way, they have fielded some great teams in their nearly 60-year history. Here are the 10 best.

 

10. 2015

Finished: Lost to New England Patriots 27-20 in the Divisional Playoff Round

Regular Season Record: 11-5

After starting 1-5, Kansas City won its next 11 games before coming up short against New England in the playoffs.

 

9. 1968

Finished: Lost to Oakland Raiders 41-6 in the AFL Western Division Playoff

Record: 12-2

The Chiefs split their regular-season series with the Raiders and when both finished tied for the AFL Western Division at 12-2, a tiebreaker game was held to settle the score. In this rubber match, Oakland intercepted Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson four times in a beatdown. Kansas City would get revenge the next season.

 

8. 2016

Finished: Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers 18-16 in Divisional Playoff Round

Regular Season Record: 12-4

Once again, it came down to the series with the Raiders where two regular-season wins against Oakland proved to be the difference in winning the AFC West and a first-round bye. In the playoffs, the Chiefs lost a war of attrition to a Steelers team that kicked six field goals.

 

7. 2003

Finished: Lost to Indianapolis Colts 38-31 in Divisional Playoff Round

Regular Season Record: 13-3

The Chiefs sported the best offense in the league and running back Priest Holmes set the single-season rushing touchdown record with 27. However, they also had one of the worst defenses in the NFL and lost a shootout to Peyton Manning and the Colts in the playoffs.

 

6. 1995

Finished: Lost to Indianapolis Colts 10-7 in Divisional Playoff Round

Regular Season Record: 13-3

Newly acquired quarterback Steve Bono matched a defense that led the league in points allowed as the team recorded 13 wins for the first time in franchise history. The Chiefs also earned the top seed in the playoffs, but three missed field goals against Indianapolis ended their season earlier than expected.

 

5. 1993

Finished: Lost to Buffalo Bills 30-13 in AFC Championship Game

Regular Season Record: 11-5

The Chiefs acquired San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana and Los Angeles Raiders running back Marcus Allen in the offseason. Allen rushed for 764 yards and 12 touchdowns and was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Montana struggled with injuries but led comeback wins in two playoff games before losing to a Bills team headed to its fourth straight Super Bowl.

 

4. 1962 Dallas Texans

Finished: Beat Houston Oilers 20-17 in AFL Championship

Regular Season Record: 11-3

The Texans clinched the AFL Western Division in November and then beat the Oilers in double overtime to win the first of the franchise's three AFL titles. The 77:54 game time was the longest in AFL history and is second only to the Chiefs' Christmas Day loss to the Miami Dolphins in 1971 for longest in pro football history. Realizing the city of Dallas could not support both the Texans and the Cowboys, owner Lamar Hunt moved the team to Kansas City in the offseason.

 

3. 1966

Finished: Lost to Green Bay Packers 35-10 in Super Bowl I

Regular Season Record: 11-2-1

Kansas City blew out the Buffalo Bills 31-7 in the AFL Championship to earn a spot in the first Super Bowl. There, Green Bay showed the league still had a bit of a ways to go to catch up with the NFL, but the Chiefs would make up for that three years later.

 

2. 2018

Finished: Lost to New England Patriots 37-31 (OT) in the AFC Championship Game

Regular Season Record: 12-4

Led by NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and one of the best offenses in franchise history, Kansas City started out 5-0 and made the conference championship game for the first time in 25 years. Although the Chiefs lost a shootout in overtime to the Patriots, one has to think this team will be a major factor in 2019.

 

1. 1969

Finished: Beat Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV

Regular Season Record: 11-3

For its final playoffs, the AFL expanded to allow the top two teams in each division into the postseason. The Chiefs were second in their division to the Raiders, but made the most of it, beating the defending champ New York Jets at Shea Stadium and then toppling the Oakland Raiders for the last AFL title. Their subsequent win against Minnesota proved the Jets' Super Bowl victory the year before was no fluke and that the AFL had caught up with the NFL.

 

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