1995 Kansas City Chiefs season
OwnerLamar Hunt
General managerCarl Peterson
Head coachMarty Schottenheimer
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishLost Divisional Playoffs (vs. Colts) 7–10
Pro BowlersQB Steve Bono
FB Kimble Anders
G Will Shields
DE Neil Smith
DT Dan Saleaumua
LB Derrick Thomas
CB Dale Carter

The 1995 season was the Kansas City Chiefs' 26th in the National Football League (NFL), their 33rd in Kansas City and their 36th overall. The team improved on their 9–7 record from 1994 and finished the regular season with a 13–3 record and the AFC West division championship. However, the Chiefs suffered a devastating loss in the divisional round of the 1995–96 AFC playoffs when placekicker Lin Elliott missed three crucial field goals, allowing the Indianapolis Colts to win 10–7. Due to the retirement of Joe Montana, the Chiefs made a change at the quarterback position, by starting Steve Bono, who started two games in 1994 while Montana was injured.


NFL draft

Main article: 1995 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 Expansion Draft

Main article: 1995 NFL expansion draft

Kansas City Chiefs selected during the Expansion Draft
Round Overall Name Position Expansion Team
9 18 Greg Kragen NT Carolina Panthers
20 39 Monty Grow DB Jacksonville Jaguars



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 won their seventh game in a row, beating the Houston Oilers 20–13 at Arrowhead Stadium, to go 10–1.

On December 24, Tamarick Vanover ran the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, and the Chiefs defeated the Seahawks, 26–3. They won the AFC West title and finished the regular season with a 13–3 record.



Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 5 Washington Redskins W 37–21 1–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 August 11 at Arizona Cardinals L 17–22 1–1 Sun Devil Stadium Recap
3 August 19 Buffalo Bills W 36–10 2–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 August 26 at Minnesota Vikings W 17–13 3–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 3 at Seattle Seahawks W 34–10 1–0 Kingdome Recap
2 September 10 New York Giants W 20–17 (OT) 2–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 September 17 Oakland Raiders W 23–17 (OT) 3–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 September 24 at Cleveland Browns L 17–35 3–1 Cleveland Stadium Recap
5 October 1 at Arizona Cardinals W 24–3 4–1 Sun Devil Stadium Recap
6 October 9 San Diego Chargers W 29–23 (OT) 5–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
7 October 15 New England Patriots W 31–26 6–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
8 October 22 at Denver Broncos W 21–7 7–1 Mile High Stadium Recap
9 Bye
10 November 5 Washington Redskins W 24–3 8–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
11 November 12 at San Diego Chargers W 22–7 9–1 Jack Murphy Stadium Recap
12 November 19 Houston Oilers W 20–13 10–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
13 November 23 at Dallas Cowboys L 12–24 10–2 Texas Stadium Recap
14 December 3 at Oakland Raiders W 29–23 11–2 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
15 December 11 at Miami Dolphins L 6–13 11–3 Joe Robbie Stadium Recap
16 December 17 Denver Broncos W 20–17 12–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
17 December 24 Seattle Seahawks W 26–3 13–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Seattle Seahawks

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


Main article: 1995–96 NFL playoffs


Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue Recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 7, 1996 Indianapolis Colts (5) L 7–10 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Game summaries

AFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. (5) Indianapolis Colts

AFC Divisional Playoffs: (5) Indianapolis Colts at (1) Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 0 7 3010
Chiefs 7 0 007

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO

  • Date: January 7, 1996
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 11 °F (−12 °C), relative humidity 58%, wind 8 mph, wind chill −15 °F (−26 °C)
  • TV: NBC
  • Recap
Game information


  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.