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The 1997 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 28th season in the National Football League, and the 38th overall.

1997 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachMarty Schottenheimer
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
Record13–3
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishLost AFC Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 14–10
Pro BowlersWR Andre Rison
FB Kimble Anders
G Will Shields
LB Derrick Thomas
CB Dale Carter
CB James Hasty

The Chiefs finished with a 13–3 record and as AFC West division champions. The season is best remembered for the Rich GannonElvis Grbac quarterback controversy [1] which brewed throughout the entire season and arguably cost the Chiefs a victory in the playoffs. The Chiefs were beaten by division rival and eventual Super Bowl champions, the Denver Broncos, in the 1998 playoffs. 1997 was the final season that the Chiefs would appear in the playoffs during the 1990s and for the next several seasons, they fell out of contention. They would return to the playoffs in 2003.

This was the last season that Marty Schottenheimer would coach the team into the playoffs, with the loss to Denver in the Divisional round 14-10 capping off many years of disappointing playoff losses. This was also the final season for future Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

1997 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 13 Tony Gonzalez *  Tight end California
2 47 Kevin Lockett  Wide receiver Kansas State
4 110 Pat Barnes  Quarterback California
6 163 June Henley  Running back Kansas
6 195 Isaac Byrd  Wide receiver Kansas
7 214 Nathan Parks  Offensive tackle Stanford
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[2]

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1997 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Founder – Lamar Hunt
  • Chairman of the Board – Jack Steadman
  • President/General Manager/Chief Executive Officer – Carl Peterson
  • Executive Vice President/Assistant General Manager – Dennis Thum
  • Administrative Assistant to the Head Coach – Russ Ball

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

RosterEdit

1997 Kansas City Chiefs roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

ScheduleEdit

Week Opponent Result Game site TV Time (CT) TV Announcers Attendance
1 at Denver Broncos L 3–19 Mile High Stadium NBC 3:00pm Dick Enberg, Paul Maguire & Phil Simms
75,600
2 at Oakland Raiders W 28–27 Network Associates Coliseum ABC 8:00pm Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf
61,523
3 Buffalo Bills W 22–16 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 12:00pm Mike Breen & James Lofton
78,169
4 at Carolina Panthers W 35–14 Bank of America Stadium NBC 12:00pm Dan Hicks & Jim Mora
67,402
5 Seattle Seahawks W 20–17 OT Arrowhead Stadium NBC 3:00pm Don Criqui & Jim Mora
77,877
6 at Miami Dolphins L 14–17 Pro Player Stadium NBC 12:00pm Charlie Jones, Randy Cross & Bob Trumpy
71,794
7 Bye
8 San Diego Chargers W 31–3 Arrowhead Stadium TNT 7:00pm Verne Lundquist, Pat Haden & Mark May
77,195
9 at St. Louis Rams W 28–20 Edward Jones Dome NBC 12:00pm Joel Meyers & Beasley Reece
64,864
10 Pittsburgh Steelers W 13–10 Arrowhead Stadium ABC 8:00pm Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf
78,301
11 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 14–24 Alltel Stadium NBC 12:00pm Dan Hicks & Jim Kelly
70,444
12 Denver Broncos W 24–22 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 12:00pm Dick Enberg, Paul Maguire & Phil Simms
77,963
13 at Seattle Seahawks W 19–14 Kingdome NBC 3:00pm Mike Breen & James Lofton
66,264
14 San Francisco 49ers W 44–9 Arrowhead Stadium FOX 12:00pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
77,535
15 Oakland Raiders W 30–0 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 12:00pm Charlie Jones & Bob Trumpy
76,379
16 at San Diego Chargers W 29–7 Qualcomm Stadium NBC 3:00pm Tom Hammond & Randy Cross
54,594
17 New Orleans Saints W 25–13 Arrowhead Stadium FOX 12:00pm Joe Buck & Bill Maas
66,772

StandingsEdit

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(1) Kansas City Chiefs 13 3 0 .813 375 232 W6
(4) Denver Broncos 12 4 0 .750 472 287 W1
Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 .500 365 362 W2
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 324 419 L5
San Diego Chargers 4 12 0 .250 266 425 L8

PlayoffsEdit

1997 playoffs
Divisional
Playoff
Denver Broncos L 10–14 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 4:15pm
76,965

Game summaryEdit

AFC Divisional Playoff: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 7 0714
Chiefs 0 0 10010

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: January 4, 1998
  • Game time: 2:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 30°F, relative humidity 91°F, round (wind) 11 MPH
  • TV: NBC
  • Boxscore [1]
Game information

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gretz, Bob. Quarterbacks and controversy Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine KCChiefs.com, November 1, 2006
  2. ^ "1997 Kansas City Chiefs draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 5, 2014.