1976 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head Coach Paul Wiggin
Home Field Arrowhead Stadium
Record 5–9
Place 3rd AFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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1975 1977

The 1976 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with a third consecutive 5–9 record and no playoff berth.

Buck Buchanan announced his retirement in February, while Len Dawson announced his own departure on May 1.[1] Off the field, Jack Steadman was promoted to team president and Jim Schaaf was named general manager in August.[1] On the field, Kansas City’s fortunes didn’t improve in the second year of the Wiggin regime. The club dropped three straight home games, including an embarrassing 27–17 loss in week three to the New Orleans Saints, the first win with the Saints for former Kansas City coach Hank Stram (who refused to shake hands with Wiggin following the game and rode off on the shoulders of his players as he did after the Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl IV) before suffering a 50–17 setback at Buffalo on October 3, opening the season at 0–4 for the first time in team history.[1] The team registered a 3–1 record during a successful midseason stretch, but like most of the previous seasons, could not maintain that momentum.[1]

After lingering in Len Dawson’s shadow for eight seasons, Mike Livingston was firmly entrenched as the team’s starting quarterback,[1] becoming the first QB to start every regular season game since Dawson in 1968. Although Livingston played well and rallied the squad for wins in two of the season’s final three games, the Chiefs still ended the year with their third consecutive 5–9 record.[1] Running back MacArthur Lane was the club’s top offensive threat, becoming the only player at the time in franchise history to lead the league in receptions (66).


NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Regular seasonEdit


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1976 San Diego Chargers L 30–16
2 September 20, 1976 Oakland Raiders L 24–21
3 September 26, 1976 New Orleans Saints L 27–17
4 October 3, 1976 at Buffalo Bills L 50–17
5 October 10, 1976 at Washington Redskins W 33–30
6 October 17, 1976 at Miami Dolphins W 20–17
7 October 24, 1976 Denver Broncos L 35–26
8 October 31, 1976 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 28–19
9 November 7, 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers L 45–0
10 November 14, 1976 at Oakland Raiders L 21–10
11 November 21, 1976 Cincinnati Bengals L 27–24
12 November 28, 1976 at San Diego Chargers W 23–20
13 December 5, 1976 at Denver Broncos L 17–16
14 December 12, 1976 Cleveland Browns W 39–14


AFC West
Oakland Raiders 1310.929350237
Denver Broncos 950.643315206
San Diego Chargers 680.429248285
Kansas City Chiefs 590.357290376
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0140.000125412


AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Tampa Bay Washington Seattle
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