1994 Kansas City Chiefs season
OwnerLamar Hunt
Head coachMarty Schottenheimer
General managerCarl Peterson
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (at Dolphins) 17–27
Pro BowlersDE Neil Smith
LB Derrick Thomas
CB Dale Carter

The 1994 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 25th season in the National Football League, the 32nd as the Kansas City Chiefs and the 35th overall. They failed to improve their 11–5 record from 1993 and finishing with a 9–7 record and Wild Card spot in the 1994–95 playoffs. The Chiefs lost to the Miami Dolphins 27–17 in the Wild Card round. Alongside celebrating the NFL's 75th anniversary season, Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana retired following the season.

By playing their first four games vs. the NFC West, the Chiefs became the first AFC team to play its first four games against NFC teams since the AFL–NFL merger. The first team to play four inter-conference games to open a season were the 1992 Los Angeles Rams.


NFL draft

Main article: 1994 NFL draft

1994 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 25 Greg Hill  Running back Texas A&M
2 58 Donnell Bennett  Running back Miami (FL)
3 92 Lake Dawson  Wide receiver Notre Dame
3 96 Chris Penn  Wide receiver Tulsa
4 127 Bracy Walker  Defensive back North Carolina
5 151 James Burton  Defensive back Fresno State
5 156 Rob Waldrop  Defensive tackle Arizona
6 185 Anthony Daigle  Running back Fresno State
7 199 Steve Matthews  Quarterback Memphis
7 219 Tracy Greene  Tight end Grambling State
      Made roster  




1994 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

Strength and conditioning


1994 Kansas City Chiefs roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

  • 49 Matt Gay S
  • —- Allen DeGraffenreid WR
  • -- Emerson Martin G
  • -- John Reece S

Rookies in italics

Season summary

After an opening day win over the New Orleans Saints, the Chiefs faced the San Francisco 49ers on September 11. Facing his old team, Joe Montana led the Chiefs to a 24–17 win at Arrowhead. But after opening the season at 3–0, the Chiefs dropped 2 in a row to the Rams and Chargers.

On October 17, a 6-yard pass and a tightrope run into the end zone ended the Chiefs' 11-year drought in Mile High Stadium. Joe Montana and the Chiefs faced a 4-point deficit on Monday Night Football. The final drive in the final 82 seconds took nine plays, all of them Montana passes except one run of 10 yards by Marcus Allen; Montana's final pass was a five-yard score to Willie Davis for the 31–28 Kansas City win. For the game, Montana hit 34 of 54 pass attempts for 393 yards and 3 touchdowns and the Chiefs, now 4–2, had now thrust themselves back into the playoff hunt. The game was tied 14–14 at the half. Lin Elliott's field goal with 4:08 left in the game temporarily put the Chiefs ahead 24–21. A Marcus Allen fumble set up the Broncos' final touchdown, but Montana and his inspiring confidence resulted in the comeback.

Montana would have another great season, passing for 3,283 yards. The rushing game improved from 1993 as the Chiefs rushed for 1,732 yards and twelve touchdowns (up from the previous year's 1,655 yards). Allen's game trailed off from 1993 as he gained 709 yards to lead the team (to 764 the previous year), while rookie Greg Hill managed only 574 yards for the season. Fullback Kimble Anders was the leading receiver with 67 receptions. The defense showed flashes of brilliance as it improved to seventh in fewest points allowed from 1993's ninth, and as had become the standard, was led by perennial Pro Bowlers Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith. Defensive back Dale Carter had a superb year and was also chosen for the Pro Bowl.

On December 24, Marcus Allen gained 132 yards rushing as the Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Raiders 19–9 in the last Raider's game ever as host in Los Angeles. The win secured a fifth-straight playoff spot for the Chiefs.



Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 July 31 Houston Oilers W 24–17 1–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 August 7 vs. Minnesota Vikings L 9–17 1–1 Tokyo Dome Recap
3 August 12 at Washington Redskins W 17–14 2–1 RFK Stadium Recap
4 August 22 Chicago Bears L 18–21 2–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
5 August 26 at Buffalo Bills L 3–24 2–3 Rich Stadium Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 4 at New Orleans Saints W 30–17 1–0 Louisiana Superdome Recap
2 September 11 San Francisco 49ers W 24–17 2–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 September 18 at Atlanta Falcons W 30–10 3–0 Georgia Dome Recap
4 September 25 Los Angeles Rams L 0–16 3–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
5 Bye
6 October 9 at San Diego Chargers L 6–20 3–2 Jack Murphy Stadium Recap
7 October 17 at Denver Broncos W 31–28 4–2 Mile High Stadium Recap
8 October 23 Seattle Seahawks W 38–23 5–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 October 30 at Buffalo Bills L 10–44 5–3 Rich Stadium Recap
10 November 6 Los Angeles Raiders W 13–3 6–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
11 November 13 San Diego Chargers L 13–14 6–4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
12 November 20 Cleveland Browns W 20–13 7–4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
13 November 27 at Seattle Seahawks L 9–10 7–5 Kingdome Recap
14 December 4 Denver Broncos L 17–20 (OT) 7–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
15 December 12 at Miami Dolphins L 28–45 7–7 Joe Robbie Stadium Recap
16 December 18 Houston Oilers W 31–9 8–7 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
17 December 24 at Los Angeles Raiders W 19–9 9–7 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.


Main article: 1994–95 NFL playoffs

Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue Recap
Wild Card December 31 at Miami Dolphins (3) L 17–27 0–1 Joe Robbie Stadium Recap


AFC West
(2) San Diego Chargers 11 5 0 .688 381 306 W2
(6) Kansas City Chiefs 9 7 0 .563 319 298 W2
Los Angeles Raiders 9 7 0 .563 303 327 L1
Denver Broncos 7 9 0 .438 347 396 L3
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 .375 287 323 L2


  1. ^ "1994 Kansas City Chiefs draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 4, 2014.