1973 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head Coach Hank Stram
Home Field Arrowhead Stadium
Record 7–5–2
Place 3rd AFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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1972 1974

The 1973 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with a 7–5–2 record and third place finish in the AFC West.

For 1973, the defense kept the club in contention thanks to a nucleus that still included the bulk of the squad’s Super Bowl IV starters. Quarterback Mike Livingston started in a 23–13 Opening Day loss against Oakland on September 16, but Len Dawson returned to rally the club for three consecutive wins to get the club off to a 3–1 start for a third consecutive year.[1] The aging Len Dawson made his final start of the year in a 23–14 loss at Buffalo on October 29 and was replaced for the remainder of the year by Livingston, beginning a string of three straight seasons in which both players split time at the position.[1]

Livingston led the club to another three straight wins, putting the team in first place in mid-November with a 6–3–1 record. A 1–2–1 ledger over the season’s final month ended the club’s post-season aspirations as the team finished the year in a second-place tie with Denver at 7–5–2.[1] Len Dawson became the second Chiefs player in as many years to win the NFL Man of the Year Award.[1] Following Super Bowl VIII, The AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was held at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20 with the AFC claiming a 15–13 win thanks to five field goals from Miami placekicker Garo Yepremian.[1]


NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Regular seasonEdit


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 16, 1973 Los Angeles Rams L 23–13
2 September 23, 1973 at New England Patriots W 10–7
3 September 30, 1973 Oakland Raiders W 16–3
4 October 7, 1973 Denver Broncos W 16–14
5 October 14, 1973 at Green Bay Packers T 10–10
6 October 21, 1973 at Cincinnati Bengals L 14–6
7 October 29, 1973 at Buffalo Bills L 23–14
8 November 4, 1973 at San Diego Chargers W 19–0
9 November 12, 1973 Chicago Bears W 19–7
10 November 18, 1973 Houston Oilers W 38–14
11 November 25, 1973 at Denver Broncos L 14–10
12 December 2, 1973 Cleveland Browns T 20–20
13 December 8, 1973 at Oakland Raiders L 37–7
14 December 16, 1973 San Diego Chargers W 33–6


AFC West
Oakland Raiders 941.679292175
Kansas City Chiefs 752.571231192
Denver Broncos 752.571354296
San Diego Chargers 2111.179188386


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  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 296
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