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1968 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head Coach Hank Stram
Home Field Municipal Stadium
Results
Record 12–2
Place 2nd AFL Western
Playoff Finish Lost Western Division playoff game (Raiders) 41–6
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1967 1969

The 1968 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with a 12–2 record, resulting in a tie for first place in the AFL Western Division. The Chiefs and Oakland Raiders both finished with 12–2 records in the same division, but the Raiders won the championship in a tiebreaker playoff (defeating the Chief 41–6 Western Division playoff game).

A debate raged in Kansas City whether the club’s new stadium should be built downtown or at a “remote” location. A location in Eastern Jackson County was chosen as the site and groundbreaking ceremonies took place in July with plans calling for a unique “rolling roof” design.

The 1968 Chiefs boasted one of the finest defenses ever assembled by the club, allowing a franchise-low 170 points (12.1 ppg). The nucleus of the defensive unit was clearly in its prime, producing six AFL All-Stars, including all three of the squad’s linebackers. Offensively, quarterback Len Dawson led the AFL in passing for the fourth time. The Chiefs began the season with a 7–1 record and rattled off five straight victories to close the regular season at 12–2, sharing the AFL Western Division crown with the Oakland Raiders and setting up an AFL Western Division Playoff Game. Kansas City lost a 41–6 decision at Oakland on December 22 as the Raiders advanced to the AFL Championship Game against the New York Jets.[1] The loss to Oakland was a major event in the Chiefs' rivalry with the Raiders, one of the NFL's most storied feuds.

OffseasonEdit

AFL DraftEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season scheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1968 at Houston Oilers W 26–21
45,083
2 September 15, 1968 New York Jets L 20-19
48,871
3 September 22, 1968 Denver Broncos W 34–2
45,821
4 September 28, 1968 at Miami Dolphins W 48–3
28,501
5 October 5, 1968 at Buffalo Bills W 18–7
40,748
6 October 13, 1968 Cincinnati Bengals W 13–3
47,096
7 October 20, 1968 Oakland Raiders W 24–10
50,015
8 October 27, 1968 San Diego Chargers W 27–20
50,344
9 November 3, 1968 at Oakland Raiders L 38–21
53,357
10 November 10, 1968 at Cincinnati Bengals W 16-9
25,537
11 November 17, 1968 Boston Patriots W 31-17
48,271
12 Bye
13 November 28, 1968 Houston Oilers W 24-10
48,493
14 December 8, 1968 at San Diego Chargers W 40–3
51,174
15 December 14, 1968 at Denver Broncos W 30–7
38,463

Division standingsEdit

Western Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
*Oakland Raiders 1220.857453233
Kansas City Chiefs 1220.857371170
San Diego Chargers 950.643382310
Denver Broncos 590.357255404
Cincinnati Bengals 3110.214215329
[2]

PostseasonEdit

A tie in the Western Division standings necessitated a Western Division playoff game

Western Division playoffEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 6 0 0 6
Raiders 21 7 0 13 41




Oakland Raiders 41, Kansas City Chiefs 6

December 22, 1968 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Scoring

  • OAK – Biletnikoff 24 pass from Lamonica (Blanda kick)
  • OAK – Wells 23 pass from Lamonica (Blanda kick)
  • OAK – Biletnikoff 44 pass from Lamonica (Blanda kick)
  • KC – Field goal Stenerud 10
  • KC – Field goal Stenerud 8
  • OAK – Biletnikoff 54 pass from Lamonica (Blanda kick)
  • OAK – Wells 35 pass from Lamonica (Blanda kick)
  • OAK – Field goal Blanda 41
  • OAK – Field goal Blanda 40

ReferencesEdit

  1. Kansas City Chiefs History 1960's
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 298
Eastern Division Western Division
Boston Cincinnati
Buffalo Denver
Houston Kansas City
Miami Oakland
New York Jets San Diego
1969 AFL DraftAFL Playoffs1968 AFL All-Star gameSuper Bowl III
Related: 1968 NFL Season

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