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2015 Kansas City Chiefs Season
2015 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachAndy Reid
General managerJohn Dorsey
OwnerThe Hunt family
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (at Texans) 30-0
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Patriots) 20-27
Pro BowlersS Eric Berry
LB Tamba Hali
LB Justin Houston
TE Travis Kelce
CB Marcus Peters
LB Derrick Johnson
Team MVPAlex Smith & Eric Berry
Team ROYMarcus Peters
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The 2015 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League, the 56th overall and the third under the head coach/general manager tandem of Andy Reid and John Dorsey. The Chiefs went through a poor start in their first 6 games as they were 1-5, and lost their star running back, Jamaal Charles due to a torn ACL in his right knee during an 18-17 Week 5 loss at home against the Chicago Bears. In week 16, after their 9th consecutive victory and the Baltimore Ravens defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chiefs clinched a playoff berth, their 2nd in 3 years.[1] They are the first team since the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals to start the season 1-5 and qualify for the playoffs.[2] They also set the franchise record for the most consecutive victories, winning 10 in a row. In their wildcard matchup, the Chiefs played the Houston Texans. The Chiefs defeated the Texans 30-0 to earn their first playoff win in 22 years. The following week, they were defeated by the New England Patriots in the Divisional round by a score of 27-20.

Two Chiefs took home awards at the 5th Annual NFL Honors honoring performances from the 2015 season. Cornerback Marcus Peters won Defensive Rookie of the Year after leading the NFL in interceptions. Safety Eric Berry won Comeback Player of the Year after a Pro Bowl season the year after having his season cut short due to a lymphoma diagnosis.

Roster changes


Reserve/future free agent contracts

Player Position
Brandon Barden TE
Armon Binns WR
Hebron Fangupo DT
Curtis Feight T
Brandon Hartson LS
Ricky Henry G
Aaron Hester CB
Deji Olatoye
Jarrod Pughsley T
Da'Rick Rogers WR
Adam Schiltz TE
Derek Sherrod T
Spencer Ware RB
Fred Williams WR
Jerel Worthy DT


Position Player 2015 team
LB Joe Mays New York Jets
DT Vance Walker Denver Broncos
TE Anthony Fasano Tennessee Titans
WR Donnie Avery None
WR A. J. Jenkins Dallas Cowboys
WR Dwayne Bowe Cleveland Browns
G Mike McGlynn New Orleans Saints


Position Player/pick
Team Compensation
G Ben Grubbs New Orleans Saints 5th round pick,
2015 NFL draft
FS Kelcie McCray Seattle Seahawks 5th round pick,
2016 NFL draft

Free agents

Position Player Status* 2014 team(s) 2015 team
WR Jason Avant UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
S Tyvon Branch UFA Oakland Raiders Kansas City Chiefs
FS Kurt Coleman UFA Kansas City Chiefs Carolina Panthers
LS Thomas Gafford UFA Kansas City Chiefs Chicago Bears
TE Richard Gordon UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
WR Frankie Hammond ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
TE Demetrius Harris ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
T Ryan Harris UFA Kansas City Chiefs Denver Broncos
WR Junior Hemingway ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LB Justin Houston UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
C Rodney Hudson UFA Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders
G Jeff Linkenbach UFA Kansas City Chiefs Miami Dolphins
WR Jeremy Maclin UFA Philadelphia Eagles Kansas City Chiefs
LB Josh Martin ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LB Josh Mauga UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
FS Kelcie McCray RFA Kansas City Chiefs Seattle Seahawks
RB Joe McKnight UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
CB Chris Owens UFA Kansas City Chiefs New Orleans Saints
CB Ron Parker UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
DE Kevin Vickerson UFA Kansas City Chiefs New York Jets
*RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, Franchise: Franchise tag

2015 draft class

2015 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 18 Marcus Peters Cornerback Washington
2 49 Mitch Morse Guard Missouri
3 76 Chris Conley Wide Receiver Georgia
98 Steven Nelson Cornerback Oregon State
4 118 Ramik Wilson Linebacker Georgia
5 172 D. J. Alexander Linebacker Oregon State
173 James O'Shaughnessy Tight End Illinois State
6 217 Rakeem Nuñez-Roches Defensive Tackle Southern Mississippi
7 233 Da'Ron Brown Wide Receiver Northern Illinois


  • The Chiefs traded their fifth-round selection (No. 154 overall) to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for guard Ben Grubbs.
  • The Chiefs traded their 3rd round pick (80th overall) and their 6th round pick (193rd overall) to the Minnesota Vikings for their 3rd round pick (76th overall)

Preseason transactions


Regular season transactions

Suspensions served

Position Player Length Reason Weeks
CB Sean Smith 4 games Violation of personal
conduct policy



Position Player Previous team
TE Brian Parker San Diego Chargers
RB Spencer Ware Kansas City Chiefs*
DL David King Seattle Seahawks
T Jah Reid Baltimore Ravens
T Jarrod Pughsley Kansas City Chiefs*

Players involved in multiple transactions

This list is for players who were involved in more than one transaction during the season

Position Player Final status
LB Dezman Moses Chiefs active roster
WR Frankie Hammond Chiefs active roster
WR Saalim Hakim Free agent
OL Daniel Munyer Chiefs active roster

*Indicates player was signed off the practice squad of the team listed


Final roster



Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 August 15 at Arizona Cardinals W 34-19 1-0 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
2 August 21 Seattle Seahawks W 14-13 2-0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 August 28 Tennessee Titans W 34-10 3-0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 September 3 at St. Louis Rams W 24-17 4-0 Edward Jones Dome Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 September 13 at Houston Texans W 27-20 1-0 NRG Stadium Recap
2 September 17 Denver Broncos L 24-31 1-1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 September 28 at Green Bay Packers L 28-38 1-2 Lambeau Field Recap
4 October 4 at Cincinnati Bengals L 21-36 1-3 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
5 October 11 Chicago Bears L 17-18 1-4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
6 October 18 at Minnesota Vikings L 10-16 1-5 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
7 October 25 Pittsburgh Steelers W 23-13 2-5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
8 November 1 Detroit Lions W 45-10 3-5 Wembley Stadium Recap
9 Bye
10 November 15 at Denver Broncos W 29-13 4-5 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
11 November 22 at San Diego Chargers W 33-3 5-5 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
12 November 29 Buffalo Bills W 30-22 6-5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
13 December 6 at Oakland Raiders W 34-20 7-5 O.co Coliseum Recap
14 December 13 San Diego Chargers W 10-3 8-5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
15 December 20 at Baltimore Ravens W 34-14 9-5 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
16 December 27 Cleveland Browns W 17-13 10-5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
17 January 3 Oakland Raiders W 23-17 11-5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.


Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
Wild Card January 9, 2016 at Houston Texans (4) W 30-0 1-0 NRG Stadium Recap
Divisional January 16, 2016 at New England Patriots (2) L 20-27 1-1 Gillette Stadium Recap

Game summaries

Regular season

Week 1: at Houston Texans

With the win, the Chiefs started their 2015 campaign at 1-0.

Week 2: vs. Denver Broncos

The Broncos would score 2 touchdowns in the final minute to steal the win from the Chiefs. The second touchdown was a critical fumble by running back Jamaal Charles.

With the heartbreaking and stunning loss, the Chiefs fell to 1-1, and picked up their 7th straight loss to Denver.

Week 3: at Green Bay Packers

In a rematch of the 2011 game, the Chiefs fell to 1-2.

Week 4: at Cincinnati Bengals

Cairo Santos would kick 7 field goals in this game, setting a new franchise record for most field goals in one game by a Kansas City kicker. The 7 kicks also tied an NFL record. However, the 7 field goals by Santos were not enough to beat the Bengals, as the Chiefs fell to 1-3.

Week 5: vs. Chicago Bears

The Chiefs would build a 17-3 lead at one point, but Chicago would pull off a miraculous comeback to win 18-17. The Chiefs tried a 66-yard field goal, but Santos kick went wide right and missed everything near the goalposts. During this game, the Bears fans at times outnumbered the Chiefs fans, as Chicago fans are best known for good travel.

With the loss, Kansas City fell to 1-4. They would also lose Jamaal Charles for the season, as he tore his ACL in this game.

Week 6: at Minnesota Vikings

With their 5th straight loss, the Chiefs fell to 1-5.

Week 7: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger would not play in this game for the Steelers, so backup quarterback Landry Jones led the way for the Steelers. In his first career start, the Chiefs defense would force 3 turnovers, 2 of them interceptions, and the Chiefs would hold on to win 23-13.

With the win, the Chiefs improved to 2-5.

Week 8: vs. Detroit Lions

NFL International Series

In their first ever game in London, the Chiefs routed the crestfallen 1-6 Detroit Lions. With the win, Kansas City improved to 3-5.

Week 10: at Denver Broncos

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning would set the all-time record for most passing yards in NFL history in this game, but the Chiefs defense would have themselves a day, picking off Bronco quarterbacks 5 times, 4 by Manning, 1 by Brock Osweiler, and the Chiefs routed the Broncos, 29-13.

With the win, the Chiefs went to 4-5, and snapped their 7-game losing streak against the Broncos.

Week 11: at San Diego Chargers

With the huge win, Kansas City went to 5-5, and climbed back into playoff contention.

Week 12: vs. Buffalo Bills

With the win, Kansas City went to 6-5.

Week 13: at Oakland Raiders

With the win, the Chiefs went to 7-5.

Week 14: vs. San Diego Chargers

With the low-scoring win, the Chiefs went to 8-5 and swept the Chargers for the second straight season.

Week 15: at Baltimore Ravens

Rookie Marcus Peters would put the dagger into the Ravens, as he returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown. With the win, the Chiefs went to 9-5.

Week 16: vs. Cleveland Browns

The Browns, led by Johnny Manziel, attempted a comeback to put a stop to Kansas City's playoff hopes, but Cleveland did not have any timeouts remaining, and they ultimately ran out of time when Manziel couldn't advance the ball down the field fast enough.

With the win, the Chiefs went to 10-5 and clinched a playoff spot.

Week 17: vs. Oakland Raiders

With their 10th straight win, the Chiefs ended their season at 11-5. They were the first team to end a season with 10 or more consecutive wins since the 2012 Broncos won 11 in a row to end their season.


AFC Wild Card Playoffs: at (#4) Houston Texans

The Texans, who won the AFC South division with a 9-7 record, were completely crushed by the Chiefs. The Chiefs made postseason history as the first ever team to score a kick return touchdown in the opening play of the playoffs, when Knile Davis returned the opening kick 106 yards for a touchdown. After that, the game started to slow down, 3 and out Texans, 3 & out Chiefs, followed by a string of turnovers, Eric Berry's interception of Brian Hoyer, Brian Cushing's interception of Alex Smith two plays later, and a Hoyer fumble recovered by Dontari Poe on the ensuing drive. The Chiefs made a field goal on the drive, and although the team was able to get to the 2 yard line, a negative run by J. J. Watt and another interception by Hoyer ended the Texans' closest chance at scoring in the entire game. Although the Texans' defense forced a 3-and-out, Hoyer threw his third interception to Marcus Peters on the second play of their drive.

AFC Divisional Playoffs: at (#2) New England Patriots

The Chiefs, who had won 11 straight, travelled to Gillete Stadium to face the Patriots, who had advanced to the AFC Championship for the last 5 years. The Patriots scored first blood with a Rob Gronkowski touchdown catch, followed by a Cairo Santos field goal for Kansas City. The pattern was duplicated in the 2nd quarter, with Tom Brady rushing for a score before Santos kicked another field goal. In the 3rd quarter, after Gronkowski scored his second TD, Alex Smith threw his first to Albert Wilson. The Patriots responded with 2 fourth quarter field goals to make the score 27-13 with 10:20 left. Although the Chiefs go on a touchdown drive late in the game, the drive took up over 5 minutes, and the Chiefs had to force a 3 and out (with 3 timeouts) to have a chance. On 2nd down, when Brady threw the ball instead of running it to waste time, the ball was batted and miraculously caught by Julian Edelman for a 1st down, ending the game.



AFC West
(1)Denver Broncos 12 4 0 .750 4-2 8-4 355 296 W2
(5)Kansas City Chiefs 11 5 0 .688 5-1 10-2 405 287 W10
Oakland Raiders 7 9 0 .438 3-3 7-5 359 399 L1
San Diego Chargers 4 12 0 .250 0-6 3-9 320 398 L2


Division Leaders
1[a] Denver Broncos West 12 4 0 .750 4-2 8-4 .500 .479 W2
2[a] New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4-2 9-3 .473 .448 L2
3[a] Cincinnati Bengals North 12 4 0 .750 5-1 9-3 .477 .406 W1
4 Houston Texans South 9 7 0 .563 5-1 7-5 .496 .410 W3
Wild Cards
5 Kansas City Chiefs West 11 5 0 .688 5-1 10-2 .496 .432 W10
6[b] Pittsburgh Steelers North 10 6 0 .625 3-3 7-5 .504 .463 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[b] New York Jets East 10 6 0 .625 3-3 7-5 .441 .388 L1
8[c] Buffalo Bills East 8 8 0 .500 4-2 7-5 .508 .438 W2
9[c] Indianapolis Colts South 8 8 0 .500 4-2 6-6 .500 .406 W2
10 Oakland Raiders West 7 9 0 .438 3-3 7-5 .512 .366 L1
11 Miami Dolphins East 6 10 0 .375 1-5 4-8 .469 .469 W2
12[c] Jacksonville Jaguars South 5 11 0 .313 2-4 5-7 .473 .375 L3
13[c] Baltimore Ravens North 5 11 0 .313 3-3 4-8 .508 .425 L1
14 San Diego Chargers West 4 12 0 .250 0-6 3-9 .527 .328 L2
15[c] Cleveland Browns North 3 13 0 .188 1-5 2-10 .531 .271 L3
16[c] Tennessee Titans South 3 13 0 .188 1-5 1-11 .492 .375 L4
  1. ^ a b c Denver finished ahead of New England and Cincinnati for the No. 1 seed based on head-to-head sweep. New England finished ahead of Cincinnati for the No. 2 seed based
    on record vs. common opponents -- New England's cumulative record against Buffalo, Denver, Houston and Pittsburgh was 4-1, while Cincinnati's cumulative record against
    the same four teams was 2-3.
  2. ^ a b Pittsburgh finished ahead of the New York Jets for the No. 6 seed and qualified for the last playoff spot based on record vs. common opponents -- Pittsburgh's cumulative
    record against Cleveland, Indianapolis, New England and Oakland was 4-1, while the Jets' cumulative record against the same four teams was 3-2.
  3. ^ a b c d e f The tiebreaker was based on head-to-head victory.
  4. ^ 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.


  1. ^ "Chiefs earn playoff berth with win over Browns". NFL.com.
  2. ^ "Chiefs clinch playoffs on nailbiter, win ninth straight after 1-5 start". Sports.Yahoo.com.

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