|2015 Kansas City Chiefs season|
|Head coach||Andy Reid|
|General manager||John Dorsey|
|Owner||The Hunt family|
|Home field||Arrowhead Stadium|
|Division place||2nd AFC West|
|Playoff finish||Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Texans) 30-0|
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Patriots) 20-27
|Pro Bowlers||S Eric Berry|
LB Tamba Hali
LB Justin Houston
TE Travis Kelce
CB Marcus Peters
LB Derrick Johnson
|Team MVP||Alex Smith & Eric Berry|
|Team ROY||Marcus Peters|
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. They are the first team since the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals to start the season 1-5 and qualify for the playoffs. 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.
|LB||Joe Mays||New York Jets|
|DT||Vance Walker||Denver Broncos|
|TE||Anthony Fasano||Tennessee Titans|
|WR||A. J. Jenkins||Dallas Cowboys|
|WR||Dwayne Bowe||Cleveland Browns|
|G||Mike McGlynn||New Orleans Saints|
|G||Ben Grubbs||New Orleans Saints||5th round pick,|
2015 NFL draft
|FS||Kelcie McCray||Seattle Seahawks||5th round pick,|
2016 NFL draft
|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|
|3||76||Chris Conley||Wide Receiver||Georgia|
|98||Steven Nelson||Cornerback||Oregon State|
|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|
|CB||Sean Smith||4 games||Violation of personal
|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*|
This list is for players who were involved in more than one transaction during the season
|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
|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|
|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|
|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|
With the win, the Chiefs started their 2015 campaign at 1-0.
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.
In a rematch of the 2011 game, the Chiefs fell to 1-2.
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.
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.
With their 5th straight loss, the Chiefs fell to 1-5.
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.
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.
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.
With the huge win, Kansas City went to 5-5, and climbed back into playoff contention.
With the win, Kansas City went to 6-5.
With the win, the Chiefs went to 7-5.
With the low-scoring win, the Chiefs went to 8-5 and swept the Chargers for the second straight season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|(5)Kansas City Chiefs||11||5||0||.688||5-1||10-2||405||287||W10|
|San Diego Chargers||4||12||0||.250||0-6||3-9||320||398||L2|
|2[a]||New England Patriots||East||12||4||0||.750||4-2||9-3||.473||.448||L2|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs||West||11||5||0||.688||5-1||10-2||.496||.432||W10|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|7[b]||New York Jets||East||10||6||0||.625||3-3||7-5||.441||.388||L1|
|14||San Diego Chargers||West||4||12||0||.250||0-6||3-9||.527||.328||L2|