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2015 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head Coach Andy Reid
General Manager John Dorsey
Home Field Arrowhead Stadium
Results
Record 11–5
Place 2nd AFC West
Playoff Finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Texans) 30–0
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Patriots) 20–27
Pro Bowlers S Eric Berry
LB Tamba Hali
LB Justin Houston
TE Travis Kelce
CB Marcus Peters
LB Derrick Johnson
Team MVP Alex Smith & Eric Berry
Team ROY Marcus Peters
Uniform
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Timeline
Previous season Next season
2014 2016

The 2015 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League, the 56th overall and the third under the head coach/general manager tandem of Andy Reid and John Dorsey. The Chiefs went through a poor start in their first 6 games as they were 1–5, and lost their star running back, Jamaal Charles due to a torn ACL in his right knee during an 18–17 Week 5 loss at home against the Chicago Bears. In week 16, after their 9th consecutive victory and the Baltimore Ravens defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chiefs clinched a playoff berth, their 2nd in 3 years.[1] They are the first team since the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals to start the season 1–5 and qualify for the playoffs.[2] They also set the franchise record for the most consecutive victories, winning 10 in a row. In their wildcard matchup, the Chiefs played the Houston Texans. The Chiefs defeated the Texans 30–0 to earn their first playoff win in 22 years. The following week, they were defeated by the New England Patriots in the Divisional round by a score of 27–20.

Two Chiefs took home awards at the 5th Annual NFL Honors honoring performances from the 2015 season. Cornerback Marcus Peters won Defensive Rookie of the Year after leading the NFL in interceptions. Safety Eric Berry won Comeback Player of the Year after a Pro Bowl season the year after having his season cut short due to a lymphoma diagnosis.

Roster changesEdit

OffseasonEdit

Reserve/future free agent contractsEdit

Player Position
Brandon Barden TE
Armon Binns WR
Hebron Fangupo DT
Curtis Feight T
Brandon Hartson LS
Ricky Henry G
Aaron Hester CB
Deji Olatoye
Jarrod Pughsley T
Da'Rick Rogers WR
Adam Schiltz TE
Derek Sherrod T
Spencer Ware RB
Fred Williams WR
Jerel Worthy DT

CutsEdit

Position Player 2015 team
LB Joe Mays New York Jets
DT Vance Walker Denver Broncos
TE Anthony Fasano Tennessee Titans
WR Donnie Avery None
WR A. J. Jenkins Dallas Cowboys
WR Dwayne Bowe Cleveland Browns
G Mike McGlynn New Orleans Saints

TradesEdit

Position Player/pick
received
Team Compensation
G Ben Grubbs New Orleans Saints 5th round pick,
2015 NFL draft
FS Kelcie McCray Seattle Seahawks 5th round pick,
2016 NFL draft

Free agentsEdit

Position Player Status* 2014 team(s) 2015 team
WR Jason Avant UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
S Tyvon Branch UFA Oakland Raiders Kansas City Chiefs
FS Kurt Coleman UFA Kansas City Chiefs Carolina Panthers
LS Thomas Gafford UFA Kansas City Chiefs Chicago Bears
TE Richard Gordon UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
WR Frankie Hammond ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
TE Demetrius Harris ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
T Ryan Harris UFA Kansas City Chiefs Denver Broncos
WR Junior Hemingway ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LB Justin Houston UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
C Rodney Hudson UFA Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders
G Jeff Linkenbach UFA Kansas City Chiefs Miami Dolphins
WR Jeremy Maclin UFA Philadelphia Eagles Kansas City Chiefs
LB Josh Martin ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LB Josh Mauga UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
FS Kelcie McCray RFA Kansas City Chiefs Seattle Seahawks
RB Joe McKnight UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
CB Chris Owens UFA Kansas City Chiefs New Orleans Saints
CB Ron Parker UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
DE Kevin Vickerson UFA Kansas City Chiefs New York Jets
*RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, Franchise: Franchise tag

2015 draft classEdit

2015 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 18 Marcus Peters Cornerback Washington
2 49 Mitch Morse Guard Missouri
3 76 Chris Conley Wide Receiver Georgia
98 Steven Nelson Cornerback Oregon State
4 118 Ramik Wilson Linebacker Georgia
5 172 D. J. Alexander Linebacker Oregon State
173 James O'Shaughnessy Tight End Illinois State
6 217 Rakeem Nuñez-Roches Defensive Tackle Southern Mississippi
7 233 Da'Ron Brown Wide Receiver Northern Illinois
Compensatory selection

Notes

  • The Chiefs traded their fifth-round selection (No. 154 overall) to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for guard Ben Grubbs.
  • The Chiefs traded their 3rd round pick (80th overall) and their 6th round pick (193rd overall) to the Minnesota Vikings for their 3rd round pick (76th overall)

Preseason transactionsEdit

CutsEdit

Cuts to 75
Position Player
WR Kenny Cook
T Anthony Dima
LS Andrew East
CB Aaron Hester
DE Vaughn Martin
CB Kenneth Penny
G Marcus Reed
TE Adam Schiltz
WR Jeret Smith
DL Charles Tuaau
WR L’Damian Washington
WR Junior Hemingway
OL Tevon Rooks
Cuts to 53
Position Player
WR Da'Ron Brown
DE Mike Catapano
S Sanders Commings
LB Ja'Gared Davis
DT Hebron Fangupo
C Garrett Frye
DL David Irving
LB James-Michael Johnson
C Eric Kush
WR Tello Luckett
C Daniel Munyer
DB Deji Olatoye
G Jarrod Pughsley
RB Darrin Reaves
DB Kevin Short
OT Derek Sherrod
TE Ryan Taylor
FB Spencer Ware
WR Fredd Williams
TE Richard Gordon

Regular season transactionsEdit

Suspensions servedEdit

Position Player Length Reason Weeks
served
CB Sean Smith 4 games Violation of personal
conduct policy
1-4

CutsEdit

SigningsEdit

Position Player Previous team
TE Brian Parker San Diego Chargers
RB Spencer Ware Kansas City Chiefs*
DL David King Seattle Seahawks
T Jah Reid Baltimore Ravens
T Jarrod Pughsley Kansas City Chiefs*

Players involved in multiple transactionsEdit

This list is for players who were involved in more than one transaction during the season

Position Player Final status
LB Dezman Moses Chiefs active roster
WR Frankie Hammond Chiefs active roster
WR Saalim Hakim Free agent
OL Daniel Munyer Chiefs active roster

*Indicates player was signed off the practice squad of the team listed

StaffEdit

2015 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2015 Kansas City Chiefs roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 8 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 15 at Arizona Cardinals W 34–19 1–0 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
2 August 21 Seattle Seahawks W 14–13 2–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 August 28 Tennessee Titans W 34–10 3–0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 September 3 at St. Louis Rams W 24–17 4–0 Edward Jones Dome Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 13 at Houston Texans W 27–20 1–0 NRG Stadium Recap
2 September 17 Denver Broncos L 24–31 1–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 September 28 at Green Bay Packers L 28–38 1–2 Lambeau Field Recap
4 October 4 at Cincinnati Bengals L 21–36 1–3 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
5 October 11 Chicago Bears L 17–18 1–4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
6 October 18 at Minnesota Vikings L 10–16 1–5 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
7 October 25 Pittsburgh Steelers W 23–13 2–5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
8 November 1 Detroit Lions W 45–10 3–5 Wembley Stadium Recap
9 Bye
10 November 15 at Denver Broncos W 29–13 4–5 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
11 November 22 at San Diego Chargers W 33–3 5–5 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
12 November 29 Buffalo Bills W 30–22 6–5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
13 December 6 at Oakland Raiders W 34–20 7–5 O.co Coliseum Recap
14 December 13 San Diego Chargers W 10–3 8–5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
15 December 20 at Baltimore Ravens W 34–14 9–5 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
16 December 27 Cleveland Browns W 17–13 10–5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
17 January 3 Oakland Raiders W 23–17 11–5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

PostseasonEdit

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 9, 2016 at Houston Texans (4) W 30–0 1–0 NRG Stadium Recap
Divisional January 16, 2016 at New England Patriots (2) L 20–27 1–1 Gillette Stadium Recap

Game summariesEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Week 1: at Houston TexansEdit

Week One: Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 14 13 0 0

27

Texans 6 3 0 11

20

at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • KC –
  • HOU –

Top rushers

  • KC –
  • HOU –

Top receivers

  • KC –
  • HOU –

Top tacklers

  • KC –
  • HOU –
With the win, the Chiefs started their 2015 campaign at 1-0.

Week 2: vs. Denver BroncosEdit

Week Two: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 14 3 14

31

Chiefs 0 14 3 7

24

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • DEN –
  • KC –

Top rushers

  • DEN –
  • KC –

Top receivers

  • DEN –
  • KC –

Top tacklers

  • DEN –
  • KC –
The Broncos would score 2 touchdowns in the final minute to steal the win from the Chiefs. The second touchdown was a critical fumble by running back Jamaal Charles.

With the heartbreaking and stunning loss, the Chiefs fell to 1-1, and picked up their 7th straight loss to Denver.

Week 3: at Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Three: Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 7 7 14

28

Packers 14 10 7 7

38

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • KC –
  • GB –

Top rushers

  • KC –
  • GB –

Top receivers

  • KC –
  • GB –

Top tacklers

  • KC –
  • GB –
In a rematch of the 2011 game, the Chiefs fell to 1-2.

Week 4: at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Four: Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 3 9 3 6

21

Bengals 14 0 15 7

36

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

21-36 First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • KC – Alex Smith
  • CIN – Andy Dalton

Top rushers

  • KC –
  • CIN –

Top receivers

  • KC –
  • CIN –

Top tacklers

  • KC –
  • CIN –
Cairo Santos would kick 7 field goals in this game, setting a new franchise record for most field goals in one game by a Kansas City kicker. The 7 kicks also tied an NFL record. However, the 7 field goals by Santos were not enough to beat the Bengals, as the Chiefs fell to 1-3.

Week 5: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week Five: Chicago Bears at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 0 3 12

18

Chiefs 7 10 0 0

17

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • CHI –
  • KC –

Top rushers

  • CHI –
  • KC –

Top receivers

  • CHI –
  • KC –

Top tacklers

  • CHI –
  • KC –
The Chiefs would build a 17-3 lead at one point, but Chicago would pull off a miraculous comeback to win 18-17. The Chiefs tried a 66-yard field goal, but Santos kick went wide right and missed everything near the goalposts. During this game, the Bears fans at times outnumbered the Chiefs fans, as Chicago fans are best known for good travel.

With the loss, Kansas City fell to 1-4. They would also lose Jamaal Charles for the season, as he tore his ACL in this game.

Week 6: at Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Six: Kansas City Chiefs at Minnesota Vikings  – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 0 0 10

10

Vikings 3 7 3 3

16

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • KC –
  • MIN –

Top rushers

  • KC –
  • MIN –

Top receivers

  • KC –
  • MIN –

Top tacklers

  • KC –
  • MIN –
With their 5th straight loss, the Chiefs fell to 1-5.

Week 7: vs. Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week Seven: Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 0 7 3

13

Chiefs 3 6 7 7

23

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: October 25
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 58 °F (14 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 76,365
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Stacey Dales
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • PIT –
  • KC –

Top rushers

  • PIT –
  • KC –

Top receivers

  • PIT –
  • KC –

Top tacklers

  • PIT –
  • KC –
Ben Roethlisberger would not play in this game for the Steelers, so backup quarterback Landry Jones led the way for the Steelers. In his first career start, the Chiefs defense would force 3 turnovers, 2 of them interceptions, and the Chiefs would hold on to win 23-13.

With the win, the Chiefs improved to 2-5.

Week 8: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

NFL International Series

Week 8: Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 3 0 0 7

10

Chiefs 7 17 7 14

45

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

  • Date: November 1
  • Game time: 2:30 p.m. GMT/8:30 a.m. CST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 83,624
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • DET –
  • KC –

Top rushers

  • DET –
  • KC –

Top receivers

  • DET –
  • KC –

Top tacklers

  • DET –
  • KC –
In their first ever game in London, the Chiefs routed the crestfallen 1-6 Detroit Lions. With the win, Kansas City improved to 3-5.

Week 10: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week Ten: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 10 9 3 7

29

Broncos 0 0 0 13

13

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: November 15
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST/2:25 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 64 °F (18 °C), mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 76,973
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • KC –
  • DEN –

Top rushers

  • KC –
  • DEN –

Top receivers

  • KC –
  • DEN –

Top tacklers

  • KC –
  • DEN –
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning would set the all-time record for most passing yards in NFL history in this game, but the Chiefs defense would have themselves a day, picking off Bronco quarterbacks 5 times, 4 by Manning, 1 by Brock Osweiler, and the Chiefs routed the Broncos, 29-13.

With the win, the Chiefs went to 4-5, and snapped their 7-game losing streak against the Broncos.

Week 11: at San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Eleven: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 6 6 7 14

33

Chargers 0 3 0 0

3

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: November 22
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 87 °F (31 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 65,837
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • KC –
  • SD –

Top rushers

  • KC –
  • SD –

Top receivers

  • KC –
  • SD –

Top tacklers

  • KC –
  • SD –
With the huge win, Kansas City went to 5-5, and climbed back into playoff contention.

Week 12: vs. Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Twelve: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 10 6 6 0

22

Chiefs 0 14 10 6

30

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: November 29
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 35 °F (2 °C), cloudy and rainy
  • Game attendance: 72,493
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • BUF –
  • KC –

Top rushers

  • BUF –
  • KC –

Top receivers

  • BUF –
  • KC –

Top tacklers

  • BUF –
  • KC –
With the win, Kansas City went to 6-5.

Week 13: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Thirteen: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 7 0 7 20

34

Raiders 7 7 6 0

20

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: December 6
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), overcast
  • Game attendance: 55,010
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • KC –
  • OAK –

Top rushers

  • KC –
  • OAK –

Top receivers

  • KC –
  • OAK –

Top tacklers

  • KC –
  • OAK –
With the win, the Chiefs went to 7-5.

Week 14: vs. San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Fourteen: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 0 3 0

3

Chiefs 0 10 0 0

10

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • SD –
  • KC –

Top rushers

  • SD –
  • KC –

Top receivers

  • SD –
  • KC –

Top tacklers

  • SD –
  • KC –
With the low-scoring win, the Chiefs went to 8-5 and swept the Chargers for the second straight season.

Week 15: at Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Fifteen: Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 14 10 0 10

34

Ravens 7 7 0 0

14

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: December 20
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 41 °F (5 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 70,791
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon and Chris Fischer
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • KC –
  • BAL –

Top rushers

  • KC –
  • BAL –

Top receivers

  • KC –
  • BAL –

Top tacklers

  • KC –
  • BAL –
Rookie Marcus Peters would put the dagger into the Ravens, as he returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown. With the win, the Chiefs went to 9-5.

Week 16: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Sixteen: Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 3 7 3

13

Chiefs 10 7 0 0

17

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 27
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 36 °F (2 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,115
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • KC – Jeremy Maclin 11-yard pass from Alex Smith (Cairo Santos kick), 7:57. Chiefs 7–0. Drive: 11 plays, 65 yards, 7:08.
  • KC – Cairo Santos 40-yard field goal, 2:24. Chiefs 10–0. Drive: 9 plays, 39 yards, 4:43.

Second quarter

  • CLE – Travis Coons 45-yard field goal, 9:02. Chiefs 10–3. Drive: 7 plays, 29 yards, 3:36.
  • KC – Travis Kelce 13-yard pass from Alex Smith (Cairo Santos kick), 0:36. Chiefs 17–3. Drive: 5 plays, 56 yards, 1:03.

Third quarter

  • CLE – Isaiah Crowell 10-yard run (Travis Coons kick), 9:21. Chiefs 17–10. Drive: 9 plays, 82 yards, 5:45.

Fourth quarter

  • CLE – Travis Coons 36-yard field goal, 8:31. Chiefs 17–13. Drive: 21 plays, 62 yards, 12:01.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Top tacklers

The Browns, led by Johnny Manziel, attempted a comeback to put a stop to Kansas City's playoff hopes, but Cleveland did not have any timeouts remaining, and they ultimately ran out of time when Manziel couldn't advance the ball down the field fast enough.

With the win, the Chiefs went to 10-5 and clinched a playoff spot.

Week 17: vs. Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Seventeen: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 10 0 7

17

Chiefs 14 0 9 0

23

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: January 3, 2016
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 37 °F (3 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 76,114
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • OAK –
  • KC –

Top rushers

  • OAK –
  • KC –

Top receivers

  • OAK –
  • KC –

Top tacklers

  • OAK –
  • KC –
With their 10th straight win, the Chiefs ended their season at 11-5. They were the first team to end a season with 10 or more consecutive wins since the 2012 Broncos won 11 in a row to end their season.

PostseasonEdit

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: at (#4) Houston TexansEdit

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: (#5) Kansas City Chiefs at (#4) Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 7 6 7 10

30

Texans 0 0 0 0

0

at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • KC – Cairo Santos 49-yard field goal, 12:50. Chiefs 10–0. Drive: 5 plays, 27 yards, 2:30.
  • KC – Cairo Santos 49-yard field goal, 7:06. Chiefs 13–0. Drive: 6 plays, 40 yards, 3:29.

Third quarter

  • KC – Chris Conley 9-yard pass from Alex Smith (Cairo Santos kick), 4:35. Chiefs 20–0. Drive: 11 plays, 94 yards, 5:23.

Fourth quarter

  • KC – Spencer Ware 5-yard run (Cairo Santos kick), 14:56. Chiefs 27–0. Drive: 8 plays, 71 yards, 4:13.
  • KC – Cairo Santos 33-yard field goal, 3:59. Chiefs 30–0. Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 2:13.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

The Texans, who won the AFC South division with a 9–7 record, were completely crushed by the Chiefs. The Chiefs made postseason history as the first ever team to score a kick return touchdown in the opening play of the playoffs, when Knile Davis returned the opening kick 106 yards for a touchdown. After that, the game started to slow down, 3 and out Texans, 3 & out Chiefs, followed by a string of turnovers, Eric Berry's interception of Brian Hoyer, Brian Cushing's interception of Alex Smith two plays later, and a Hoyer fumble recovered by Dontari Poe on the ensuing drive. The Chiefs made a field goal on the drive, and although the team was able to get to the 2 yard line, a negative run by J. J. Watt and another interception by Hoyer ended the Texans' closest chance at scoring in the entire game. Although the Texans' defense forced a 3-and-out, Hoyer threw his third interception to Marcus Peters on the second play of their drive.

AFC Divisional Playoffs: at (#2) New England PatriotsEdit

AFC Divisional Playoffs: (#5) Kansas City Chiefs at (#2) New England Patriots  – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 3 3 7 7

20

Patriots 7 7 7 6

27

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • NE – Tom Brady 1-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 3:23. Patriots 14–3. Drive: 11 plays, 98 yards, 5:36.
  • KC – Cairo Santos 32-yard field goal, 0:12. Patriots 14–6. Drive: 11 plays, 52 yards, 3:11.

Third quarter

  • NE – Rob Gronkowski 16-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 8:24. Patriots 21–6. Drive: 5 plays, 69 yards, 2:07.
  • KC – Albert Wilson 10-yard pass from Alex Smith (Cairo Santos kick), 2:12. Patriots 21–13. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 6:12.

Fourth quarter

  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 40-yard field goal, 14:46. Patriots 24–13. Drive: 8 plays, 57 yards, 2:26.
  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 32-yard field goal, 10:20. Patriots 27–13. Drive: 5 plays, 19 yards, 2:06.
  • KC – Charcandrick West 1-yard run (Cairo Santos kick), 1:13. Patriots 27–20. Drive: 16 plays, 80 yards, 5:16.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

The Chiefs, who had won 11 straight, travelled to Gillete Stadium to face the Patriots, who had advanced to the AFC Championship for the last 5 years. The Patriots scored first blood with a Rob Gronkowski touchdown catch, followed by a Cairo Santos field goal for Kansas City. The pattern was duplicated in the 2nd quarter, with Tom Brady rushing for a score before Santos kicked another field goal. In the 3rd quarter, after Gronkowski scored his second TD, Alex Smith threw his first to Albert Wilson. The Patriots responded with 2 fourth quarter field goals to make the score 27-13 with 10:20 left. Although the Chiefs go on a touchdown drive late in the game, the drive took up over 5 minutes, and the Chiefs had to force a 3 and out (with 3 timeouts) to have a chance. On 2nd down, when Brady threw the ball instead of running it to waste time, the ball was batted and miraculously caught by Julian Edelman for a 1st down, ending the game.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Template:2015 AFC West standings

ConferenceEdit

Template:2015 AFC standings

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Template:2015 NFL season by team

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