1970 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head Coach Hank Stram
Home Field Municipal Stadium
Record 7–5–2
Place 2nd AFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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1969 1971

The 1970 Kansas City Chiefs season began with the Chiefs attempting to defend their championship but ended with a 7–5–2 record and no playoff berth.

Following their championship success, the Chiefs traded running back Mike Garrett, who was the club’s all-time leading rusher at the time, to San Diego and replaced him in the lineup with Ed Podolak.[1] Despite a 44–24 win against Baltimore on September 28 in just the second-ever telecast of ABC's Monday Night Football package, the Chiefs owned a 3–3–1 record at the season's midpoint.[1] One of the season's pivotal junctures came in a 17–17 tie against Oakland on November 1.[1] The Chiefs were ahead 17–14 when Len Dawson apparently sealed the win, running for a first down which would have allowed Kansas City to run out the clock. While on the ground, Dawson was speared by Raiders defensive end Ben Davidson in an infamous incident that cost the Chiefs a victory and further inflamed the already heated Chiefs-Raiders rivalry.[1] Wide receiver Otis Taylor retaliated and a bench-clearing brawl ensued. Offsetting penalties were called, nullifying Dawson’s first down. The Chiefs were forced to punt and Raiders kicker George Blanda eventually booted a game-tying field with eight seconds remaining. That tie ultimately cost the Chiefs the opportunity to split the AFC West division title with Oakland as Kansas City finished the year with a 7–5–2 record, while the Raiders went 8–4–2.[1] The rules were changed several years later to assess such penalties as the Davidson-Taylor incident as dead-ball fouls after the play counted.


NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
126Sid SmithOffensive TackleUSC

Regular seasonEdit


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 20, 1970 at Minnesota Vikings L 27–10
2 September 28, 1970 at Baltimore Colts W 44–24
3 October 4, 1970 at Denver Broncos L 26–13
4 October 11, 1970 Boston Patriots W 23–10
5 October 18, 1970 at Cincinnati Bengals W 27–19
6 October 25, 1970 Dallas Cowboys L 27–16
7 November 1, 1970 Oakland Raiders T 17–17
8 November 8, 1970 Houston Oilers W 24–9
9 November 15, 1970 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–14
10 November 22, 1970 St. Louis Cardinals T 6–6
11 November 29, 1970 San Diego Chargers W 26–14
12 December 6, 1970 Denver Broncos W 16–0
13 December 12, 1970 at Oakland Raiders L 20–6
14 December 20, 1970 at San Diego Chargers L 31–13


AFC West
Oakland Raiders 842.667300293
Kansas City Chiefs 752.583272244
San Diego Chargers 563.455282278
Denver Broncos 581.385253264


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  2. 1970 NFL Draft on
  3. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 297
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