1991 Kansas City Chiefs season
The 1991 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with a 10–6 record and Wild Card spot in the 1992 playoffs. The Chiefs defeated their division rival, the Los Angeles Raiders in the Wild Card round, resulting in the franchise's first playoff victory since Super Bowl IV in 1970. The next week, the Chiefs lost to the Buffalo Bills in the divisional playoffs.
|1991 Kansas City Chiefs season|
|Head coach||Marty Schottenheimer|
|Home field||Arrowhead Stadium|
|Division place||2nd AFC West|
|Playoff finish||Won AFC Wild Card round (L.A. Raiders)
Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs (Bills)
|Pro Bowlers||FB Christian Okoye
DE Neil Smith
LB Derrick Thomas
But the Chiefs rebounded to win 4 straight games, including an October 7 game in which the Chiefs trounced the Buffalo Bills 33–6. It was the Chiefs' first home Monday Night Football game since 1983 and on October 13, The Chiefs blasted the Miami Dolphins 42–7 as Christian Okoye ran for 153 yards.
After a loss to the Denver Broncos, the Chiefs came from behind a week later to beat the Los Angeles Raiders 24–21 on Monday Night Football. The Chiefs' record was then 6–3.
But despite a good start, the Chiefs passing game wasn't as good as their 1990 campaign as Steve DeBerg's consistency dropped. The running game made up for lost time as Christian Okoye ran for 1,031 yards for the season, and Barry Word was productive, and rookie Harvey Williams was outstanding in limited playing time.
The Chiefs continued to play playoff football and on December 22 Christmas came early for the Chiefs and their fans. By playing brilliantly and holding off the Raiders in the end, they left Los Angeles with a 27–21 win. The victory gave the Chiefs a home playoff game against the Raiders. A loss would have meant playing in Los Angeles again the following week. It was the first playoff game in Kansas City in 20 years.
The offense was superb as quarterback Steve DeBerg completed 14 of 20 passes for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns. Barry Word rushed for 152 yards, and J. J. Birden caught 8 passes for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns. Even more impressive was that the Chiefs didn't have to punt in the game and held the ball for almost 40 minutes.
The Chiefs led 17–7 at the half, and after the Raiders scored with just under 4 minutes left in the game to pull within 27–21, the Chiefs ran out the clock to secure the win.
|1991 Kansas City Chiefs draft|
|1||21||Harvey Williams||Running back||LSU|
|3||77||Tim Barnett||Wide receiver||Jackson State|
|5||133||Charles Mincy||Defensive back||Washington|
|6||162||Darrell Malone||Defensive back||Jacksonville State|
|7||189||Bernard Ellison||Defensive back||Nevada|
|8||218||Tom Dohring||Offensive tackle||Michigan|
|10||273||Eric Ramsey||Defensive back||Auburn|
|11||300||Bobby Olive||Wide receiver||Ohio State|
|12||329||Ron Shipley||Guard||New Mexico|
|1991 Kansas City Chiefs staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1991 Kansas City Chiefs roster|
|1||September 1, 1991||Atlanta Falcons||W 14–3||
|2||September 8, 1991||New Orleans Saints||L 17–10||
|3||September 16, 1991||at Houston Oilers||L 17–7||
|4||September 22, 1991||Seattle Seahawks||W 20–13||
|5||September 29, 1991||at San Diego Chargers||W 14–13||
|6||October 7, 1991||Buffalo Bills||W 33–6||
|7||October 13, 1991||Miami Dolphins||W 42–7||
|8||October 20, 1991||at Denver Broncos||L 19–16||
|9||October 28, 1991||Los Angeles Raiders||W 24–21||
|11||November 10, 1991||at Los Angeles Rams||W 27–20||
|12||November 17, 1991||Denver Broncos||L 24–20||
|13||November 24, 1991||at Cleveland Browns||L 20–15||
|14||December 1, 1991||at Seattle Seahawks||W 19–6||
|15||December 8, 1991||San Diego Chargers||W 20–17||
|16||December 14, 1991||at San Francisco 49ers||L 28–14||
|17||December 22, 1991||at Los Angeles Raiders||W 27–21||
|(2) Denver Broncos||12||4||0||.750||5–3||10–4||304||235||W4|
|(4) Kansas City Chiefs||10||6||0||.625||6–2||8–4||322||252||W1|
|(5) Los Angeles Raiders||9||7||0||.563||5–3||7–5||298||297||L3|
|San Diego Chargers||4||12||0||.250||2–6||3–9||274||342||L1|
|Wildcard||December 28, 1991||Los Angeles Raiders||W 10–6||
|Division||January 5, 1992||at Buffalo Bills||L 37–14||