2012 Kansas City Chiefs season
OwnerThe Hunt family
General managerScott Pioli
Head coachRomeo Crennel
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
Record2–14
Division place4th AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB Jamaal Charles
LB Tamba Hali
LB Justin Houston
LB Derrick Johnson
S Eric Berry
P Dustin Colquitt
Team MVPJamaal Charles
Team ROYDontari Poe
Uniform
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The 2012 season was the Kansas City Chiefs' 43rd in the National Football League (NFL), their 53rd overall and their first and only full season under head coach Romeo Crennel, who had served as the interim head coach for the final three games of the 2011 season following Todd Haley's termination. The Chiefs failed to rebound from their 7–9 record in 2011, and were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 12. Although they shared the same 2–14 record as the Jacksonville Jaguars for the worst record of the season, the Chiefs had a lower strength of schedule, so they were awarded the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Chiefs went 0–12 against AFC opponents in 2012; their only wins of the season were from NFC teams, against the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. In 2017, ESPN.com named the 2012 season the Chiefs’ worst in franchise history.[1] The season remains, as of 2021, the most recent season that the Chiefs had a losing record.

On December 1, 2012, the day before the Chiefs' week 13 game against the Carolina Panthers, linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend then drove to Arrowhead Stadium where he killed himself in front of Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli. The Chiefs held a moment of silence for domestic violence victims and the teams met for a prayer on the field prior to the game.

Season summary

The 2012 team tied the 1977 (2–12) and 2008 (2–14) teams for the franchise worst seasons in terms of fewest wins. The 2008 and 2012 seasons were the worst in terms of win percentage (.125) in franchise history.

They tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the NFL's worst record. The Chiefs had the number 1 pick in the 2013 National Football League Draft based on strength of schedule.[2] It was the second time in franchise history the Chiefs have had the #1 pick.[3]

Kansas City suffered from quarterback controversy all season. The Chiefs were tied with the Arizona Cardinals for most interceptions (20) with Matt Cassel throwing 12 and his late season replacement Brady Quinn throwing 8.[4]

The Chiefs started the season tying the 1929 record of Buffalo Bisons for most games without ever leading in regulation (8 games). The Chiefs did defeat the Saints in week 3, but didn't lead until their game winning field goal in overtime. The Chiefs broke the streak in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers when they led 10–0 in the second quarter before losing the game 16–13 in overtime.[5] In Week 4, the Chiefs had six turnovers in a loss to San Diego.[6] Chiefs tackle Eric Winston claimed Kansas City hometown fans cheered the injury of quarterback Matt Cassel in a Week 5 loss to the Baltimore Ravens calling it "Sick", however fans claim it was because Brady Quinn was seen coming onto the field and were cheering for him.[7][8] Fans formed the "Save Our Chiefs" organization. They wore black to games to protest and hired an airplane to fly over Arrowhead Stadium on game days towing a banner that read, "Restore Hope: Fire Pioli."[9] When asked why running back Jamaal Charles carried the ball only 5 times in a week 8 loss to the Oakland Raiders, Romeo Crennel responded "Now, that I'm not exactly sure, either."[10] In Week 15, the Chiefs didn't have a first down until the third quarter in a loss against Oakland.[11] In Week 16, the team rushed for a franchise record of 352 yards against the Colts and still lost the game.[12] In Week 17, the Chiefs matched the 1981 Baltimore Colts season record of losing 9 games by 14 points or more in one season as the Chiefs lost to Denver.[3]

The Chiefs finished near the bottom of the league in most major statistical categories. They were 23rd in total offense, 32nd in points scored,[13] and 37 giveaways, tied for worst in the NFL.[14] The Chiefs were 20th in total defense and 25th in points allowed. The Chiefs tied for the fewest takeaways with the Eagles. Their low forced turnovers and giveaways led the Chiefs to finish tied for the worst turnover differential in the NFL with a −24.[15]

Roster changes

Free agency

[16][17]

Kansas City Chiefs free agency
Position Player Status* 2011 team 2012 team
CB Mikail Baker UFA St. Louis Rams Kansas City Chiefs
RB Jackie Battle UFA Kansas City Chiefs San Diego Chargers
TE Anthony Becht UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
LB Jovan Belcher RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
TE Kevin Boss UFA Oakland Raiders Kansas City Chiefs
WR Dwayne Bowe UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
CB Brandon Carr UFA Kansas City Chiefs Dallas Cowboys
CB Travis Daniels UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
DE Wallace Gilberry UFA Kansas City Chiefs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NT Amon Gordon UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
NT Kelly Gregg UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
LB Cory Greenwood ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
RB Peyton Hillis UFA Cleveland Browns Kansas City Chiefs
RB Thomas Jones UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
S Reshard Langford UFA Kansas City Chiefs Detroit Lions
FB LeRon McClain UFA Kansas City Chiefs San Diego Chargers
S Jon McGraw UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
OT Ryan O'Callaghan UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
TE Jake O'Connell RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
QB Kyle Orton UFA Kansas City Chiefs Dallas Cowboys
QB Tyler Palko UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
S Sabby Piscitelli UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
DE Ropati Pitoitua UFA New York Jets Kansas City Chiefs
TE Leonard Pope UFA Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers
QB Brady Quinn UFA Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs
CB Jacques Reeves UFA Free Agent Kansas City Chiefs
OT Barry Richardson UFA Kansas City Chiefs St. Louis Rams
CB Stanford Routt UFA Oakland Raiders Kansas City Chiefs
WR Jerheme Urban UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
C Casey Wiegmann UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
OT Eric Winston UFA Houston Texans Kansas City Chiefs
*RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, Franchise: Franchise tag

Draft

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft

2012 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 11 Dontari Poe *  DT Memphis
2 44 Jeff Allen  OT Illinois
3 74 Donald Stephenson  OT Oklahoma
4 107 Devon Wylie  WR Fresno St
5 146 DeQuan Menzie  CB Alabama
6 182 Cyrus Gray  RB Texas A&M
7 218 Jerome Long  DT San Diego St
7 238 Junior Hemingway  WR Michigan Pick from NE[a]
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

^[a] Acquired via trade with the New England Patriots for S Jarrad Page.

Staff

2012 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and conditioning – Mike Clark
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Brent Salazar

Final roster

2012 Kansas City Chiefs final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 active, 11 inactive, 7 practice squad

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 10 Arizona Cardinals W 27–17 1–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 August 18 at St. Louis Rams L 17–31 1–1 Edward Jones Dome Recap
3 August 24 Seattle Seahawks L 14–44 1–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 August 30 at Green Bay Packers L 3–24 1–3 Lambeau Field Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 9 Atlanta Falcons L 24–40 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 September 16 at Buffalo Bills L 17–35 0–2 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
3 September 23 at New Orleans Saints W 27–24 (OT) 1–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
4 September 30 San Diego Chargers L 20–37 1–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
5 October 7 Baltimore Ravens L 6–9 1–4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
6 October 14 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10–38 1–5 Raymond James Stadium Recap
7 Bye
8 October 28 Oakland Raiders L 16–26 1–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 November 1 at San Diego Chargers L 13–31 1–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
10 November 12 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–16 (OT) 1–8 Heinz Field Recap
11 November 18 Cincinnati Bengals L 6–28 1–9 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
12 November 25 Denver Broncos L 9–17 1–10 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
13 December 2 Carolina Panthers W 27–21 2–10 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
14 December 9 at Cleveland Browns L 7–30 2–11 Cleveland Browns Stadium Recap
15 December 16 at Oakland Raiders L 0–15 2–12 O.co Coliseum Recap
16 December 23 Indianapolis Colts L 13–20 2–13 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
17 December 30 at Denver Broncos L 3–38 2–14 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 1: Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 10 10 14640
Chiefs 3 14 0724

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 2: at Buffalo Bills

Week 2: Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 0 31417
Bills 7 14 14035

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: September 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 pm. CDT
  • Game weather: Mostly sunny, 66 °F (19 °C)
  • Game attendance: 69,402
  • Referee: Robert Dalton
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Steve Beuerlein
Game information

Week 3: at New Orleans Saints

Week 3: Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Chiefs 3 3 711327
Saints 7 3 140024

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: September 23
  • Game time: 12:00 pm. CDT
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 72,226
  • Referee: Don King
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information

Week 4: vs. San Diego Chargers

Week 4: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 17 10 01037
Chiefs 0 6 7720

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • SD – Nick Novak 47-yard field goal, 8:09. Chargers 20–0.
  • KC – Jamaal Charles 37-yard run (2-point conversion failed), 5:22. Chargers 20–6.
  • SD – Donald Butler 21-yard interception return (Nick Novak kick), 2:59. Chargers 27–6.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • SD – Jackie Battle 4-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Nick Novak kick), 7:59. Chargers 34–13.
  • KC – Dwayne Bowe 29-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop kick), 5:37. Chargers 34–20.
  • SD – Nick Novak 45-yard field goal, 2:00. Chargers 37–20.

Week 5: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week 5: Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 3 0 609
Chiefs 0 3 036

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 12:00 pm. CDT
  • Game weather: Sunny, 47 °F (8 °C)
  • Game attendance: 68,803
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts

Week 6: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 6: Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 3 0710
Buccaneers 7 0 141738

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: October 14
  • Game time: 1:00 pm. EDT/12:00 pm. CDT
  • Game weather: Sunny, 85 °F (29 °C)
  • Game attendance: 46,500
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon

Week 8: vs. Oakland Raiders

Week 8: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 3 10 10326
Chiefs 0 6 3716

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: October 28
  • Game time: 3:05 pm. CDT
  • Game weather: Sunny, 50 °F (10 °C)
  • Game attendance: 74,730
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots

Week 9: at San Diego Chargers

Week 9: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 3 3713
Chargers 7 3 02131

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Week 10: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 10: Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Chiefs 7 3 03013
Steelers 0 10 03316

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Week 11: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 11: Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bengals 7 14 0728
Chiefs 3 3 006

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 12:00 pm. CST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 59 °F (15 °C)
  • Game attendance: 63,336
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information

Week 12: vs. Denver Broncos

Week 12: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 7 7317
Chiefs 6 0 309

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 12:00 pm. CST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 52 °F (11 °C)
  • Game attendance: 74,244
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf

Week 13: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 13: Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 7 7 0721
Chiefs 10 7 7327

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 12:00 pm. CST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 61 °F (16 °C)
  • Game attendance: 62,860
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz and Kristina Pink

Week 14: at Cleveland Browns

Week 14: Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 7 0 007
Browns 3 7 101030

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 1:00 pm. EST/12:00 pm. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 47 °F (8 °C)
  • Game attendance: 62,422
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker

Week 15: at Oakland Raiders

Week 15: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 0 000
Raiders 3 6 3315

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 3:25 pm. CST/1:25 pm. PST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 54 °F (12 °C)
  • Game attendance: 51,446
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots

Week 16: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week 16: Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 7 6 0720
Chiefs 3 0 10013

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 12:00 pm. CST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 25 °F (−4 °C)
  • Game attendance: 62,938
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker

Week 17: at Denver Broncos

Week 17: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 3 003
Broncos 7 14 14338

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 3:25 pm. CST/2:25 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 35 °F (2 °C)
  • Game attendance: 76,502
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts

Standings

Division

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Denver Broncos 13 3 0 .813 6–0 10–2 481 289 W11
San Diego Chargers 7 9 0 .438 4–2 7–5 350 350 W2
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 2–4 4–8 290 443 L2
Kansas City Chiefs 2 14 0 .125 0–6 0–12 211 425 L4

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division winners
1 Denver Broncos West 13 3 0 .813 6–0 10–2 .457 .385 W11
2[a] New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 6–0 11–1 .496 .466 W2
3[a] Houston Texans South 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 .496 .432 L2
4[b] Baltimore Ravens North 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 .496 .438 L1
Wild cards
5 Indianapolis Colts South 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 .441 .403 W2
6[b] Cincinnati Bengals North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .438 .381 W3
Did not qualify for the postseason
7 Pittsburgh Steelers North 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 .465 .438 W1
8[c] San Diego Chargers West 7 9 0 .438 4–2 7–5 .457 .286 W2
9[c] Miami Dolphins East 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .500 .415 L1
10[d] Tennessee Titans South 6 10 0 .375 1–5 5–7 .512 .344 W1
11[d][e] New York Jets East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .512 .401 L3
12[e] Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 .480 .281 W1
13 Cleveland Browns North 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 .508 .388 L3
14 Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 2–4 4–8 .469 .219 L2
15[f] Jacksonville Jaguars South 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 .539 .531 L5
16[f] Kansas City Chiefs West 2 14 0 .125 0–6 0–12 .516 .438 L4
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b New England clinched the AFC's No. 2 seed over Houston based on a head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b Baltimore clinched the AFC North title over Cincinnati based on a better divisional record (4–2 to 3–3).
  3. ^ a b San Diego finished with a better conference record than Miami (7–5 to 5–7).
  4. ^ a b Tennessee finished ahead of New York Jets based on head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ a b New York Jets finished ahead of Buffalo in the AFC East based on record versus common opponents (5–7 to 3–9).
  6. ^ a b Jacksonville finished with a better conference record than Kansas City (2–10 to 0–12).
  7. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

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