|2020 Kansas City Chiefs season|
|Owner||The Hunt family|
|Head coach||Andy Reid|
|General manager||Brett Veach|
|Home field||Arrowhead Stadium|
|Division place||1st AFC West|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoffs (vs. Browns) 22-17|
Won AFC Championship (vs. Bills) 38-24
Lost Super Bowl LV (vs.[A] Buccaneers) 9-31
|Team MVP||Travis Kelce|
|Team ROY||Clyde Edwards-Helaire|
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.
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.
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.
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. The streak was snapped two weeks later at 13 with a Week 5 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. SB Nation's Chiefs site Arrowhead Pride said they will no longer report on the Top 100 following Mahomes being selected fourth.
|18||Travis Kelce||Tight end||3|
|22||Tyreek Hill||Wide receiver||3|
|52||Chris Jones||Defensive tackle||16|
|95||Frank Clark||Defensive end||10|
|Old coach||Position||New coach|
|Vacant||Passing game coordinator||Mike Kafka*|
|Rod Wilson||Assistant special teams
*Mike Kafka will continue serving in his role as quarterbacks coach, but will have additional duties as passing game coordinator
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.
*Indicates player finished the previous season on the Chiefs' practice squad
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.
|1||32||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||Running back||LSU|
|2||63||Willie Gay||Linebacker||Mississippi State|
|4||138||L'Jarius Sneed||Safety||Louisiana Tech|
|5||177||Mike Danna||Defensive end||Michigan|
|Hakeem Bailey||CB||West Virginia|
|Jalen Julius||S||Mississippi State|
|Tershawn Wharton||DT||Missouri S&T|
|Cody White||WR||Michigan State|
|Darryl Williams||C||Mississippi State|
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.
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.
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.
All transactions listed in this section occurred after the Chiefs released their initial 53 player roster.
The players listed below served a suspension at some point during the season. The length, reason, and weeks served are all listed below.
|Bashaud Breeland||CB||Personal conduct and
positive test for marijuana
|Mike Pennel||DT||Positive test for PEDs||2 games||1-2|
|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
|Miami Dolphins||6th round pick
2021 NFL Draft
|RB DeAndré Washington|
7th round pick 2021 NFL Draft
*Signed to practice squad after release
The following players spent a portion of the season on injured reserve and were eventually activated off of it.
|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|
|1||Cincinnati Bengals||Arrowhead Stadium||Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic|
|2||at Arizona Cardinals||State Farm Stadium|
|3||at Dallas Cowboys||AT&T Stadium|
|4||Green Bay Packers||Arrowhead Stadium|
|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||at Baltimore Ravens||W 34-20||3-0||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|4[B]||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]||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|
|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.
This matchup would repeat itself in Super Bowl LV, with the Buccaneers winning 31-9.
|(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|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||West||14||2||0||.875||4-2||10-2||.465||.464||L1|
|Did not qualify for the postseason|
|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|
|15||New York Jets||East||2||14||0||.125||0-6||1-11||.594||.656||L1|
|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|