There have been good times, and there have been some really tough times. That’s the story of the Kansas City Chiefs. They’ve had three great eras — the late 1960s, most of the 1990s, and what’s happening now. On the flip side, they also went without a playoff trip from 1972 to 1985 with only three winning seasons.
So the Kansas City franchise and its fans are enjoying the moment. With their team heading to its second straight Super Bowl and NFL betting lines favoring Kansas City, there are smiles abound in the self-dubbed BBQ Capital of the World (it is pretty good ‘Cue).
Those Key Kansas City Moments
1963 — The franchise completed its move from Texas, where it was known as the Dallas Texans, when Lamar Hunt founded the team in 1959.
The Texans even won an AFL Championship in 1962 before Hunt realized there wasn’t enough room in town for the two of them. Two big-time professional football teams, that is. The Dallas Cowboys had begun play around the same time in the NFL.
It didn’t take long for the Chiefs to find success in the new city. They captured the 1966 AFL Championship and moved on to play in the first Super Bowl against NFL Champ Green Bay.
1969 — This was the lone Super Bowl victory for Kansas City until a guy named Pat Mahomes showed up a few years ago. With Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Lenny Dawson leading the way on the field, and the Chiefs’ all-time winningest coach Hank Stram mentoring the group, this team dominated defensively behind future NFL Hall of Famers Willie Lanier (LB), Bobby Bell (LB), Buck Buchanan (DT), Curley Culp (DT), Emmitt Thomas (CB) and Johnny Robinson (S).
In the team’s three postseason wins, they gave up only 20 total points — including only seven to the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.
1993 — the 1990-97 era was a good one for the Chiefs. The franchise made the playoffs every season except for one and won three AFC West Division championships under the second-winningest coach in K.C. history, Marty Schottenheimer.
The 1993 team made it to the AFC Championship round before falling to the Buffalo Bills. Players like Joe Montana — who was winding down his illustrious career — were on the roster, along with fellow future NFL Hall of Famers Marcus Allen (RB), Derrick Thomas (LB), and Will Shields (OL).
2019 — The Andy Reid era has been a good one for the Chiefs. Since taking over in 2013 and taking a team to the playoffs that had finished with a 2-14 record the year before, Reid’s teams have had a winning record every year. They’ve only missed the playoffs once (2014) and won last year’s Super Bowl and are favored in the NFL betting lines to win another on February 7.
The 2019 Super Bowl was won when the Chiefs were down by at least 10 points in every postseason game, yet rallied to win them all.
A massive spark for recent success has been Mahomes, who was the Super Bowl MVP last year and led his year’s team to the NFL’s best record (14-2) and the AFC Championship this past weekend. The Chiefs are 38-10 with three straight trips to the AFC title game since he became a full-time starter. Offensive weapons like WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce have been a big part of it. On defense, studs like DT Chris Jones and DE Frank Clark have been standouts.
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Brian McLaughlin is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of BMac and Herd’s FCS Podcast. He has written for The Sporting News, headed up the PARADE Magazine High School All American teams, covered college football for HERO Sports, and wrote for so many newspapers he lost count. Follow BMac on Twitter @BrianMacWriter.