|1995 Kansas City Chiefs season|
|Head coach||Marty Schottenheimer|
|General manager||Carl Peterson|
|Home field||Arrowhead Stadium|
|Division place||1st AFC West|
|Playoff finish||Lost Divisional Playoffs (vs. Colts) 7–10|
|Pro Bowlers||QB 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 retirement of Joe Montana, the Chiefs made a change a quarterback by starting Steve Bono, who started two games in 1994 while Montana was injured.
Main article: 1995 NFL draft
|1995 Kansas City Chiefs draft|
|1||31||Trezelle Jenkins||Offensive tackle||Michigan|
|3||81||Tamarick Vanover||Wide receiver||Florida State|
|5||155||Mike Pelton||Defensive tackle||Auburn|
|6||202||Bryan Proby||Defensive tackle||Arizona State|
Main article: 1995 NFL expansion draft
|9||18||Greg Kragen||NT||Carolina Panthers|
|20||39||Monty Grow||DB||Jacksonville Jaguars|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
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. 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.
|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||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|
|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||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.
|(1) Kansas City Chiefs||13||3||0||.813||358||241||W2|
|(4) San Diego Chargers||9||7||0||.563||321||323||W5|
Main article: 1995–96 NFL playoffs
|Wild Card||First-round bye|
|Divisional||January 7, 1996||Indianapolis Colts (5)||L 7–10||0–1||Arrowhead Stadium||Recap|