2017 Kansas City Chiefs season
OwnerThe Hunt family, primarily Norma Hunt
General managerBrett Veach
Head coachAndy Reid
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs
(vs. Titans) 21–22
Pro Bowlers
AP All-ProsTE Travis Kelce (2nd team)
OT Mitchell Schwartz (2nd team)
Team MVPAlex Smith
Team ROYKareem Hunt

The 2017 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League, the 55th as the Kansas City Chiefs, the 58th overall, the fifth under head coach Andy Reid, and first under general manager Brett Veach. They won the AFC West, but lost to Tennessee in the wild-card round after blowing a 21–3 lead at the half. The season was the first to feature future two-time MVP and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes whose first start came in the last game of the regular season against the Denver Broncos, a game which had no playoff implications as the Chiefs had secured the division in Week 16.

Season notes

General manager John Dorsey was fired on June 22, 2017.[1] On July 10, the Chiefs promoted co-director of player personnel Brett Veach to general manager.[2] The only other personnel change for the Chiefs that occurred was co-offensive coordinator Brad Childress was promoted to assistant head coach, leaving Matt Nagy as the only offensive coordinator. The Chiefs most notable transaction of the off-season came when they released the franchise's all-time leading rusher, Jamaal Charles, after 9 seasons. After being released, Charles signed with the Chiefs division rival, the Denver Broncos.

Following the Atlanta Falcons 23–17 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 4, the Chiefs became the last undefeated team left in the NFL for the fourth time in team history, and the second time under Andy Reid, with the previous times being in 2003, 2010, and 2013. After their 5–0 start, the Chiefs lost 6 of their next 7 games, the lone win coming against the Broncos. During this stretch, the Chiefs offense struggled, leading to head coach Andy Reid giving play calling duties during games to offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.

After four straight losses, the Chiefs won three straight games to win the AFC West for the second consecutive season. It was the first time in franchise history that the Chiefs have won back-to-back division titles. It also marked the Chiefs qualifying for the playoffs three consecutive seasons, which they had not done since they made six consecutive playoff appearances from 1990 to 1995.[3] They finished the season with a 10–6 record, earning the AFC's fourth seed in the playoffs. In the wild-card round, they would lose to the Tennessee Titans 22–21. In the game, the Chiefs had a commanding 21–3 lead at halftime, but failed to score a single point in the second half. The loss extended their NFL record six straight home playoff losses.[4] It was the second time under Andy Reid they lost a playoff game after being up by more than 10 points at halftime. The Chiefs have lost three consecutive playoff games, and have lost 11 of their last 12. The Chiefs first two wins of the season came against teams that eventually meet in Super Bowl LII to end the season. the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. Additionally by beating the Patriots in Week 1, the Chiefs extending their winning streak against the defending Super Bowl champs to six.

NFL Top 100

The Chiefs had 6 players ranked in NFL Network's annual Top 100 players list, which was tied for the 3rd most.

Main article: NFL Top 100 Players of 2017

Rank Player Position Change
13 Eric Berry S Increase 42
26 Travis Kelce TE Increase 65
32 Marcus Peters CB

Increase 33

36 Tyreek Hill WR NR
76 Justin Houston LB Decrease 50
81 Alex Smith QB Steady 0



Reserve/future free agent contracts

Player Position
Isaiah Battle T
Will Ratelle FB
Julian Wilson CB
Joseph Cheek G
Jordan Devey G
Jimmy Hall S
Cory Johnson NT
Seantavius Jones WR
David King DE
Earl Okine LB
Joel Stave QB
Khaseem Greene LB
Josh James T
Montori Hughes DT
Darrin Reaves RB


Position Player 2017 team
RB Jamaal Charles Denver Broncos
DE Jaye Howard Chicago Bears
WR Jeremy Maclin Baltimore Ravens

Free agents

Position Player Status* 2016 Team(s) 2017 Team
S Eric Berry UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
TE Orson Charles UFA Detroit Lions Kansas City Chiefs
LB Reshard Cliett UFA Denver Broncos
New York Jets
Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City Chiefs
WR Kenny Cook ERFA Kansas City Chiefs TBD
RB Knile Davis UFA Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers
TE Gavin Escobar UFA Dallas Cowboys Kansas City Chiefs
QB Nick Foles* UFA Kansas City Chiefs Philadelphia Eagles
S Marqueston Huff UFA Jacksonville Jaguars
Baltimore Ravens
Kansas City Chiefs
CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste UFA Seattle Seahawks Kansas City Chiefs
DE Jarvis Jenkins UFA New York Jets
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
DT Bennie Logan UFA Philadelphia Eagles Kansas City Chiefs
FB Trey Millard ERFA Kansas City Chiefs TBD
P Will Monday UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Kansas City Chiefs
G Mike Person UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
DT Dontari Poe UFA Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
DE Kendall Reyes UFA Kansas City Chiefs TBD
LB Marcus Rush UFA Jacksonville Jaguars Kansas City Chiefs
K Cairo Santos RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
RB C. J. Spiller UFA New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks
New York Jets
Kansas City Chiefs
S Daniel Sorensen RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
G Andrew Tiller UFA San Francisco 49ers Kansas City Chiefs
WR Albert Wilson RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LS James Winchester RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
*RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent

*Nick Foles had an option on his contract for the 2017 season that the Chiefs declined


Position Player/Pick
Team Compensation
NA 5th round pick
2017 Draft
New England Patriots TE James O'Shaughnessy
6th round pick 2017 Draft


Main article: 2017 NFL Draft

2017 Kansas City Chiefs Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 10 Patrick Mahomes II Quarterback Texas Tech
2 59 Tanoh Kpassagnon Defensive end Villanova
3 86 Kareem Hunt Running back Toledo
4 139 Jehu Chesson Wide receiver Michigan
5 183 Ukeme Eligwe Linebacker Georgia Southern
6 218 * Leon McQuay III Safety USC
* Compensatory selection


Undrafted free agents

Position Player College
T Corin Brooks Texas–Permian Basin
S Devin Chappell Oregon State
WR Gehrig Dieter Alabama
S Damariay Drew California
WR Anas Hasic West Florida
TE Wyatt Houston Utah State
WR Marcus Kemp Hawaii
CB Ashton Lampkin Oklahoma State
G Damien Mama USC
WR Alonzo Moore Nebraska
CB J. R. Nelson Montana
S Jordan Sterns Oklahoma State
WR Tony Stevens Auburn

Players signed from rookie mini camp tryouts

Position Player College
NT Ricky Ali'ifua Utah State
TE Emmanuel Byrd Marshall
RB Devine Redding Indiana
WR Jamari Staples Louisville

Players cut in the offseason before playing for the Chiefs

Position Player
Julian Wilson CB
Jimmy Hall CB
Anas Hasic WR
Wyatt Houston TE
Cory Johnson* DT
Will Ratelle* FB
Darrin Reaves RB
Kelvin Taylor RB
Jamari Staples WR

*Indicates player was on the practice squad during the 2016 season but never on the active roster


2017 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Chairman/CEO – Clark Hunt
  • President – Mark Donovan
  • General manager – Brett Veach
  • Director of football administration – Brandt Tilis
  • Salary cap & legal executive – Chris Shea
  • Director of player personnel – Mike Borgonzi
  • Director of college scouting – Ryan Poles
  • Assistant director of college scouting – Ryne Nutt
  • Director of pro personnel – Tim Terry

Head coaches

  • Head coach – Andy Reid
  • Assistant head coach – Brad Childress
  • Senior assistant to the head coach – Porter Ellett

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive coordinator – Matt Nagy
  • Assistant quarterbacks – Corey Matthaei
  • Running backs – Eric Bieniemy
  • Wide receivers – Greg Lewis
  • Tight ends – Tom Melvin
  • Offensive line – Andy Heck
  • Offensive quality control – Joe Blaymeir
  • Offensive quality control – Mike Kafka
  • Statistical analysis coordinator – Mike Frazier
Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Head athletic trainer – Rick Burkholder
  • Strength and conditioning – Barry Rubin
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Travis Crittenden
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Devin Woodhouse
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Ryan Reynolds

Final roster

2017 Kansas City Chiefs final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
53 active, 18 inactive, 10 practice squad


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 11 San Francisco 49ers L 17–27 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 August 19 at Cincinnati Bengals W 30–12 1–1 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
3 August 25 at Seattle Seahawks L 13–26 1–2 Century Link Field Recap
4 August 31 Tennessee Titans W 30–6 2–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 7 at New England Patriots W 42–27 1–0 Gillette Stadium Recap
2 September 17 Philadelphia Eagles W 27–20 2–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 September 24 at Los Angeles Chargers W 24–10 3–0 StubHub Center Recap
4 October 2 Washington Redskins W 29–20 4–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
5 October 8 at Houston Texans W 42–34 5–0 NRG Stadium Recap
6 October 15 Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–19 5–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
7 October 19 at Oakland Raiders L 30–31 5–2 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
8 October 30 Denver Broncos W 29–19 6–2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 November 5 at Dallas Cowboys L 17–28 6–3 AT&T Stadium Recap
10 Bye
11 November 19 at New York Giants L 9–12 (OT) 6–4 MetLife Stadium Recap
12 November 26 Buffalo Bills L 10–16 6–5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
13 December 3 at New York Jets L 31–38 6–6 MetLife Stadium Recap
14 December 10 Oakland Raiders W 26–15 7–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
15 December 16 Los Angeles Chargers W 30–13 8–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
16 December 24 Miami Dolphins W 29–13 9–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
17 December 31 at Denver Broncos W 27–24 10–6 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: at New England Patriots

NFL Kickoff Game

Week 1: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Chiefs 7 7 72142
Patriots 7 10 10027

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information

Week 2: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 2: Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Eagles 3 0 71020
Chiefs 3 3 71427

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 3: at Los Angeles Chargers

Week 3: Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Chiefs 14 3 0724
Chargers 7 3 0010

at StubHub Center, Carson, California

Game information

Week 4: vs. Washington Redskins

Week 4: Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Redskins 10 0 7320
Chiefs 0 7 101229

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 5: at Houston Texans

Week 5: Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 20 01942
Texans 0 7 62134

at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information

Week 6: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 6: Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Steelers 2 10 0719
Chiefs 3 0 01013

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 7: at Oakland Raiders

Week 7: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Chiefs 10 10 10030
Raiders 14 0 71031

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

Week 8: vs. Denver Broncos

Week 8: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 3 10619
Chiefs 14 3 3929

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Clear, 44 °F (7 °C)
  • Game attendance: 76,573
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

During halftime, Carlos Carson was inducted into the Chiefs Ring of Honor.

Week 9: at Dallas Cowboys

Week 9: Kansas City Chiefs at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 10 7017
Cowboys 7 7 7728

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: November 5
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 93,273
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

This was the last time the Chiefs lost a game by more than 8 points until Super Bowl LV.

Week 11: at New York Giants

Week 11: Kansas City Chiefs at New York Giants – Game summary
Period 1 2 34OTTotal
Chiefs 0 3 0609
Giants 0 6 03312

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

Week 12: vs. Buffalo Bills

Week 12: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Bills 7 6 3016
Chiefs 0 3 7010

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 13: at New York Jets

Week 13: Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Chiefs 14 3 7731
Jets 14 7 61138

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: December 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 48 °F (9 °C)
  • Game attendance: 77,562
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 14: vs. Oakland Raiders

Week 14: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 0 01515
Chiefs 3 13 10026

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 10
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 46 °F (8 °C)
  • Game attendance: 74,461
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 15: vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Week 15: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 6 7013
Chiefs 3 7 101030

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 7:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 53 °F (12 °C)
  • Game attendance: 75,011
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (NFLN): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 16: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 16: Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Dolphins 3 10 0013
Chiefs 3 17 3629

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 23 °F (−5 °C)
  • Game attendance: 65,325
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon and Jenny Dell
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 17: at Denver Broncos

Week 17: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Chiefs 7 7 10327
Broncos 3 7 01424

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information



AFC West
(4) Kansas City Chiefs 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 415 339 W4
Los Angeles Chargers 9 7 0 .563 3–3 6–6 355 272 W2
Oakland Raiders 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 301 373 L4
Denver Broncos 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 289 382 L2


Division leaders
1[a] New England Patriots East 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .484 .466 W3
2[a] Pittsburgh Steelers North 13 3 0 .813 6–0 10–2 .453 .423 W2
3[b] Jacksonville Jaguars South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 .434 .394 L2
4[b] Kansas City Chiefs West 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 .477 .481 W4
Wild Cards
5[c] Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 .434 .396 W1
6[c] Buffalo Bills East 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .492 .396 W1
Did not qualify for the postseason
7[c] Baltimore Ravens North 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .441 .299 L1
8[c] Los Angeles Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 3–3 6–6 .457 .347 W2
9 Cincinnati Bengals North 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 .465 .321 W2
10[d] Oakland Raiders West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 .512 .396 L4
11[d] Miami Dolphins East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 .543 .531 L3
12[e] Denver Broncos West 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 .492 .413 L2
13[e] New York Jets East 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 .520 .438 L4
14[f] Indianapolis Colts South 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 .480 .219 W1
15[f] Houston Texans South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .516 .375 L6
16 Cleveland Browns North 0 16 0 .000 0–6 0–12 .520 L16
  1. ^ a b New England claimed the No. 1 seed over Pittsburgh based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b Jacksonville claimed the No. 3 seed over Kansas City based on conference record.
  3. ^ a b c d Tennessee finished ahead of Buffalo, Baltimore and Los Angeles Chargers based on conference record, claiming the No. 5 seed.
    Buffalo and Baltimore finished ahead of Los Angeles Chargers based on conference record.
    Buffalo claimed the No. 6 seed over Baltimore based on strength of victory.
  4. ^ a b Oakland finished ahead of Miami based on head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ a b Denver finished ahead of the New York Jets based on head-to-head victory.
  6. ^ a b Indianapolis finished ahead of Houston based on head-to-head sweep.
  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.


See also: 2017–18 NFL playoffs


Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue Recap
Wild Card January 6 Tennessee Titans (5) L 21–22 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Game summaries

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: vs. (5) Tennessee Titans

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: (5) Tennessee Titans at (4) Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Titans 0 3 71222
Chiefs 14 7 0021

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

For the first round of the playoffs, the Chiefs played the Tennessee Titans at home. The Chiefs entered the game looking to win their first home playoff game since 1994, a streak of 5 straight home playoff losses. The Chiefs had a strong first half, building a 21–3 halftime lead and sending the home crowd into a frenzy. However, the Titans were able to catch fire, with a batted down touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota to himself, to make the score 21–10. The Chiefs were not able to recover after this touchdown, and the Titans outscored Kansas City 19–0 in the second half to win 22–21. The Chiefs, looked as though they had taken the lead on a fumble by Derrick Henry. However, the turnover was reviewed, and upon review, the call was overturned and Tennessee kept the ball. Henry was then able to run for a first down on third down to seal the game. With the loss, the Chiefs ended their season at 10–7 and lost 6 straight home playoff games, the worst in NFL history.


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