2020 Kansas City Chiefs Season
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2020 Kansas City Chiefs Season
2020 Kansas City Chiefs season
OwnerThe Hunt family
Head coachAndy Reid
General managerBrett Veach
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (vs. Browns) 22-17
Won AFC Championship (vs. Bills) 38-24
Lost Super Bowl LV (vs.[A] Buccaneers) 9-31
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVPTravis Kelce
Team ROYClyde Edwards-Helaire
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The 2020 Kansas City Chiefs season was the Kansas City Chiefs' 51st in the National Football League (NFL), their 61st season overall and their eighth under head coach Andy Reid. The Chiefs qualified for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, tying a franchise record set from 1990 to 1995 and won the division for the fifth consecutive year. They finished with a franchise-record and league-leading 14 wins. The Chiefs appeared in Super Bowl LV, their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance and fourth in franchise history, but lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9-31.

Season summary

In the offseason, the Chiefs released the longest tenured player in franchise history, punter Dustin Colquitt, who had been with the team since 2005. Colquitt was later signed to the Chiefs practice squad shortly before the playoffs.

The biggest move of the offseason, however, was signing quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a ten-year, $503-million-dollar extension, the largest contract in American sports history.[1]

On August 17, the Chiefs announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, their stadium will be filled at about 22% capacity, or about 16,000 fans. Additionally, fans in attendance will be required to wear a face covering when they are not actively eating or drinking. Season tickets were not sold, however, season ticket holders from 2019 that have not cancelled season tickets already, will still have the option to buy season tickets in 2021.[2]

After a 34-20 Week 3 win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Chiefs set a franchise record for consecutive wins including the playoffs with 12.[3] The streak was snapped two weeks later at 13 with a Week 5 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.[4] Following a Week 4 victory over the New England Patriots, the Chiefs became the first team in NFL history to open their season 4-0 in four consecutive seasons.[5] The Chiefs clinched their fifth consecutive AFC West title after defeating the Miami Dolphins in Week 14. The victory also gave the Chiefs their first 12-1 record in franchise history.[6] A Week 16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons gave the Chiefs their franchise record 14th win. It also clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Chiefs finished the season undefeated on the road for the first time in franchise history and with a 14-2 overall record, the best in the NFL during the season. In doing so, the Chiefs became the first team since the 2016 New England Patriots to achieve an 8-0 road record in the regular season.

Following their win in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Browns, Kansas City became the first AFC team ever to host three consecutive conference championship games, and the second team in NFL history to host three consecutive conference championships. The other team was the Philadelphia Eagles from 2002-04, who were also coached by Andy Reid.[7] The win also gave the Chiefs their 3rd consecutive season winning at least one playoff game, after losing 11 of their previous 12 playoff games. In the AFC Championship, the Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bills 38-24 and advanced to Super Bowl LV, their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance and fourth all-time Super Bowl appearance. They went on to lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, becoming the first team since the 2017 New England Patriots to win a Super Bowl but lose the following one the next season.

With the Patriots missing the postseason for the first time since 2008, the Chiefs now hold the longest active postseason streak, making it every year since 2015.

NFL Top 100

The Chiefs had six players named to the Top 100. Tight end Travis Kelce is the only player who was ranked higher than the previous season. Defending Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the highest rated Chiefs player on the list at fourth. Mahomes selection of fourth (behind fellow quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson, as well as defensive tackle Aaron Donald) drew criticism from multiple NFL analysts and fans.[8] SB Nation's Chiefs site Arrowhead Pride said they will no longer report on the Top 100 following Mahomes being selected fourth.[9]

Rank Player Position Change
4 Patrick Mahomes Quarterback Steady 0
18 Travis Kelce Tight end Increase 3
22 Tyreek Hill Wide receiver Decrease 3
39 Tyrann Mathieu Safety NR
52 Chris Jones Defensive tackle Decrease 16
95 Frank Clark Defensive end Decrease 10


Coaching staff changes

2020 Kansas City Chiefs Coaching staff changes
Old coach Position New coach
Vacant Passing game coordinator Mike Kafka*
Rod Wilson Assistant special teams
Andy Hill

*Mike Kafka will continue serving in his role as quarterbacks coach, but will have additional duties as passing game coordinator

Players added

Below are players signed following the conclusion of the 2019 season, some of the players signed spent a portion of the 2019 NFL season on the practice squad and/or active roster.

2020 Kansas City Chiefs Players added
Player Position
Taco Charlton DE
Adrian Colbert S
Felton Davis WR
Gehrig Dieter* WR
Jody Fortson* WR
Antonio Hamilton CB
Darius Harris LB
Daniel Helm TE
Braxton Hoyett* DT
Nick Keizer* TE
Daniel Kilgore C
Chris Lammons* CB
Devaroe Lawrence* DT
John Lovett FB
Elijah McGuire* RB
Tyler Newsome P
Kelechi Osemele G
Mike Remmers T
Ricky Seals-Jones TE
Emmanuel Smith* LB
Andrew Soroh S
Jordan Ta'amu QB
Tedric Thompson S
Tim Ward DE
DeAndré Washington RB

*Indicates player finished the previous season on the Chiefs' practice squad

Players lost

Below are players who were on the roster at the end of the 2019 season, but were either released or did not re-sign after their contract expired.

2020 Kansas City Chiefs Players lost
Player Position
Blake Bell TE
Morris Claiborne CB
Dustin Colquitt P
Felton Davis WR
Kendall Fuller CB
Darron Lee OLB
Jordan Lucas S
Marcus Marshall RB
LeSean McCoy RB
Emmanuel Ogbah DE
Reggie Ragland LB
Keith Reaser CB
Terrell Suggs DE
Spencer Ware RB
Xavier Williams DT
Stefen Wisniewski G
David Wells TE



  • The Chiefs traded linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for their 2nd round draft pick (63rd overall).
  • The Chiefs traded their 2nd round selection (64th overall), in addition to 2019 draft picks, to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for defensive end Frank Clark and a 2019 draft pick.
  • The Chiefs traded their 6th round selection (211th overall) to the New York Jets in exchange for linebacker Darron Lee
  • The Chiefs traded their 7th round selection (246th overall) to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for safety Jordan Lucas.
  • The Chiefs traded their 6th round pick in 2021 NFL Draft to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for their 237th pick in the 2020 draft.

Undrafted free agents

2020 Kansas City Chiefs Undrafted Free Agents
Player Position College
Andre Baccellia WR Washington
Hakeem Bailey CB West Virginia
Rodney Clemons S SMU
Omari Cobb LB Marshall
Jarvaris Davis CB Auburn
Yasir Durant OL Missouri
Jovahn Fair OL Temple
Maurice Ffrench WR Pittsburgh
Aleva Hifo WR BYU
Lavert Hill CB Michigan
Jalen Julius S Mississippi State
Kalija Lipscomb WR Vanderbilt
Shea Patterson QB Michigan
Justice Shelton-Mosley WR Vanderbilt
Tommy Townsend P Florida
Tershawn Wharton DT Missouri S&T
Cody White WR Michigan State
Darryl Williams C Mississippi State
Bryan Wright LB Cincinnati

Signed and released in the offseason

Below are players who were signed and released in the offseason before playing a game for the Chiefs in the 2020 season. These players were not a part of the final roster cut downs prior to the start of the regular season.

2020 Kansas City Chiefs Signed and released in the offseason
Player Position
Anthony Lanier DT
Alizé Mack TE
Shea Patterson QB
Kyle Shurmur QB
Mike Weber RB
Cody White WR
JaVarius Davis CB
Jovahn Fair G
Jalen Julius S
John Lovett FB
Tyler Newsome P
Byran Wright LB
Andrew Soroh S
Aleva Hifo WR
Andre Baccellia WR
Hakeem Bailey CB
Emmanuel Smith LB

COVID-19 opt-outs

On July 24, 2020, NFL owners and the NFL Players Association approved giving players the option to opt out of playing during the entire 2020 season as precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The players listed below opted-out before the August 6 deadline and did not play.[10]

2020 Kansas City Chiefs COVID-19 opt-outs
Player Position
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif G
Damien Williams RB
Lucas Niang OT

Final roster cutdown

The following players were released to bring the roster to the league mandated 53 players before week 1. In addition to the following 24 players being released, the Chiefs also placed two players on the reserve/suspended list and placed one player on the PUP list.

2020 Kansas City Chiefs Final roster cutdown
Player Position
Jackson Barton T
Rodney Clemons DB
Omari Cobb LB
Adrian Colbert S
Gehrig Dieter WR
Maurice Ffrench WR
Jody Fortson WR
Darius Harris LB
Daniel Helm TE
Lavert Hill DB
Braxton Hoyett DT
Ryan Hunter G
Chris Lammons CB
Devaroe Lawrence DT
Kalija Lipscomb WR
Elijah McGuire RB
Matt Moore QB
Greg Senat T
Justice Shelton-Mosley WR
Breeland Speaks DE
Jordan Ta'amu QB
Tim Ward DE
DeAndré Washington RB
Darryl Williams OL

In-season transactions

All transactions listed in this section occurred after the Chiefs released their initial 53 player roster.

Suspensions served

The players listed below served a suspension at some point during the season. The length, reason, and weeks served are all listed below.

2020 Kansas City Chiefs Suspensions served
Player Position Reason Length Weeks served
Bashaud Breeland[11] CB Personal conduct and
positive test for marijuana
4 games 1-4
Mike Pennel[12] DT Positive test for PEDs 2 games 1-2


2020 Kansas City Chiefs In-season signings
Player Position
Le'Veon Bell RB

Practice squad elevations

2020 Kansas City Chiefs Practice squad elevations
Player Position Final status*
Braxton Hoyett DT Ravens PS
DeAndré Washington RB Dolphins roster
Darius Harris LB Chiefs roster
Danny Isidora G Steelers roster
Marcus Kemp WR Chiefs roster
Bryan Witzmann G Chiefs PS
Gehrig Dieter WR Chiefs PS
Tim Ward DE Chiefs roster
Chris Lammons CB Chiefs roster
Stefen Wisniewski G Chiefs roster
Deandre Baker CB Chiefs PS
Emmanuel Smith LB Chiefs PS
Omari Cobb LB Chiefs PS

*Roster status as of Super Bowl LV


2020 Kansas City Chiefs trades
Team Player/pick
Miami Dolphins 6th round pick
2021 NFL Draft
RB DeAndré Washington
7th round pick 2021 NFL Draft


2020 Kansas City Chiefs cuts
Player Position
Tedric Thompson CB
Ricky Seals-Jones* TE

*Signed to practice squad after release

Injured reserve returns

The following players spent a portion of the season on injured reserve and were eventually activated off of it.

2020 Kansas City Chiefs Injured reserve returns
Player Position Date added Date removed
Khalen Saunders DT September 19 October 24
L'Jarius Sneed CB September 30 November 21
Mike Danna DT October 10 October 31
Alex Okafor DE October 24 November 21


Final roster

  • Starters in bold.

Preseason cancellation

The Chiefs' preseason schedule was announced on May 7, but was later cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[13]

Week Date Opponent Venue Result
1 August 15 Cincinnati Bengals Arrowhead Stadium Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2 August 22 at Arizona Cardinals State Farm Stadium
3 August 29 at Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium
4 September 3 Green Bay Packers Arrowhead Stadium

Regular season


As the defending Super Bowl champions, the Chiefs earned the right to host the NFL Kickoff Game, which occurred on September 10. The Chiefs' 2020 schedule was announced on May 7.[13]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 10 Houston Texans W 34-20 1-0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 September 20 at Los Angeles Chargers W 23-20 (OT) 2-0 SoFi Stadium Recap
3 September 28 at Baltimore Ravens W 34-20 3-0 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
4[B] October 5 New England Patriots W 26-10 4-0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
5 October 11 Las Vegas Raiders L 32-40 4-1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
6[C] October 19 at Buffalo Bills W 26-17 5-1 Bills Stadium Recap
7 October 25 at Denver Broncos W 43-16 6-1 Empower Field at Mile High Recap
8 November 1 New York Jets W 35-9 7-1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 November 8 Carolina Panthers W 33-31 8-1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
10 Bye
11 November 22 at Las Vegas Raiders W 35-31 9-1 Allegiant Stadium Recap
12 November 29 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27-24 10-1 Raymond James Stadium Recap
13 December 6 Denver Broncos W 22-16 11-1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
14 December 13 at Miami Dolphins W 33-27 12-1 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
15 December 20 at New Orleans Saints W 32-29 13-1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
16 December 27 Atlanta Falcons W 17-14 14-1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
17 January 3 Los Angeles Chargers L 21-38 14-2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Houston Texans

NFL Kickoff Game

Week 2: at Los Angeles Chargers

Week 3: at Baltimore Ravens

Week 4: vs. New England Patriots

Week 5: vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Week 6: at Buffalo Bills

Week 7: at Denver Broncos

Week 8: vs. New York Jets

Week 9: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 11: at Las Vegas Raiders

Week 12: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This matchup would repeat itself in Super Bowl LV, with the Buccaneers winning 31-9.

Week 13: vs. Denver Broncos

Week 14: at Miami Dolphins

Week 15: at New Orleans Saints

Week 16: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 17: vs. Los Angeles Chargers



AFC West
(1) Kansas City Chiefs 14 2 0 .875 4-2 10-2 473 362 L1
Las Vegas Raiders 8 8 0 .500 4-2 6-6 434 478 W1
Los Angeles Chargers 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 384 426 W4
Denver Broncos 5 11 0 .313 1-5 4-8 323 446 L3


Division leaders
1 Kansas City Chiefs West 14 2 0 .875 4-2 10-2 .465 .464 L1
2 Buffalo Bills East 13 3 0 .813 6-0 10-2 .512 .471 W6
3 Pittsburgh Steelers North 12 4 0 .750 4-2 9-3 .475 .448 L1
4[a] Tennessee Titans South 11 5 0 .688 5-1 8-4 .475 .398 W1
Wild Cards
5[b][c] Baltimore Ravens North 11 5 0 .688 4-2 7-5 .494 .401 W5
6[c][d] Cleveland Browns North 11 5 0 .688 3-3 7-5 .451 .406 W1
7[a][b][d] Indianapolis Colts South 11 5 0 .688 4-2 7-5 .443 .384 W1
Did not qualify for the postseason
8 Miami Dolphins East 10 6 0 .625 3-3 7-5 .467 .347 L1
9 Las Vegas Raiders West 8 8 0 .500 4-2 6-6 .539 .477 W1
10[e] New England Patriots East 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 .527 .429 W1
11[e] Los Angeles Chargers West 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 .482 .344 W4
12 Denver Broncos West 5 11 0 .313 1-5 4-8 .566 .388 L3
13 Cincinnati Bengals North 4 11 1 .281 1-5 4-8 .529 .438 L1
14 Houston Texans South 4 12 0 .250 2-4 3-9 .541 .219 L5
15 New York Jets East 2 14 0 .125 0-6 1-11 .594 .656 L1
16 Jacksonville Jaguars South 1 15 0 .063 1-5 1-11 .549 .688 L15
  1. ^ a b Tennessee finished ahead of Indianapolis based on division record.
  2. ^ a b Baltimore finished ahead of Indianapolis based on head-to-head victory. Division tiebreaker used to eliminate Cleveland (see below).
  3. ^ a b Baltimore finished ahead of Cleveland based on head-to-head sweep.
  4. ^ a b Cleveland finished ahead of Indianapolis based on head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ a b New England finished ahead of the LA Chargers based on head-to-head victory.
  6. ^ 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.



Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue Recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 17, 2021 Cleveland Browns (6) W 22-17 1-0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
AFC Championship January 24, 2021 Buffalo Bills (2) W 38-24 2-0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
Super Bowl LV February 7, 2021 vs.[A] Tampa Bay Buccaneers (N5) L 9-31 2-1 Raymond James Stadium Recap

Game summaries

AFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. (6) Cleveland Browns

AFC Championship: vs. (2) Buffalo Bills

Super Bowl LV: vs. (N5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers



  1. ^ a b c Despite being played in the Buccaneers home stadium, the Super Bowl is still officially considered a neutral site game.
  2. ^ a b Due to positive COVID-19 tests from Chiefs' practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta'amu and Patriots' quarterback Cam Newton, the NFL announced the game would be postponed to give both teams time to see if any other players had caught the virus. Following all additional tests coming back negative, the NFL announced the game would be played on October 5.[14]
  3. ^ a b The Chiefs' Week 6 game at the Buffalo Bills was moved to from October 15 (Thursday) to October 19 (Monday), due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Titans' organization that forced the Bills-Titans game during Week 5 to be rescheduled from October 11 to October 13.[15]


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  10. ^ "Players opting out of 2020 NFL season because of coronavirus concerns: Tracking the full list". ESPN.com.
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  14. ^ Baca, Michael (October 4, 2020). "Patriots-Chiefs game rescheduled for Monday night; Falcons-Packers now at 8:50 p.m. ET". NFL. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ "NFL ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE CHANGES". NFL Communications. October 11, 2020. Retrieved 2020.

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