1962: 11-3, won AFL championship
This is a good start. I like the way this one ended up.
1966: 11-2-1, lost Super Bowl I
Yes, right now I would take a Super Bowl loss. In fact, I would LOVE a Super Bowl loss.
1994: 9-7, lost Wild Card
The first of three straight years the Chiefs started at least 3-0. This would be Joe Montana's second year. By the way, for all the hype we gave Joe back then, his numbers were pretty average compared to today's numbers: 3,283 yards, 16 TDs, 9 INTs. 60.6 percent completion percentage. This team scored 30, 24 and 30 in their first three games. 14th best offense in the NFL and 7th best defense.
They created 14 turnovers in the first three games. Riiiiidiculous.
1995: 13-3, lost Divisional round (Don't you dare say that kicker's name)
This was supposed to be the best team in the NFL this year. Two of their first three games were OT wins. They started 10-1 thanks to the No. 1 defense in the NFL. Steve Bono was the quarterback. Rich Gannon was on the team but not yet a factor.
Go look at the stats. This team was loaded.
1996: 9-7, missed playoffs
Nightmare scenario here. This team started 4-0 -- and MISSED the playoffs.
1996 is one of those lost years for me. Like the Gunther years. I just don't remember much about it.
2003: 13-3, lost Divisional round
We all remember this one. The Chiefs started 9-0. If Gary Stills doesn't block that block, the Chiefs beat the Bengals and start 10-0.
This team was flawed badly on defense. We knew that, and we knew that was likely their downfall. The 2003 Divisional playoff game against the Colts -- from Dante's return to Priest's fumble -- remains one of the best games I've ever seen.
2010: 10-6, lost Wild Card
The 2010 team looks very similar to this team. Very similar. Except this year's defense is better. The Chiefs formula in 2010 was don't turn it over and let the rushing game do the work. They were the No. 1 rushing team in the NFL. The offense was ranked 14th and the defense 11th.
I would like to see more balance between the offense and defense. But this defense is good enough to carry you to the playoffs. Winning games once you get there is another story but this defense can get you there.