2015 Defensive Review: How Did the Chiefs Stack Up Against Everyone Else? from The Mothership
The ability to come back from a 1-5 start all the way to their first playoff win in more than two decades will be one of the many ways the 2015 Kansas City Chiefs will be defined in franchise history.
That comeback, which started at home with a 23-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, was led by the performance of the defense, which allowed just 12.9 points per game over the final 12 games of the season.
For a complete breakdown of the defense in a game-by-game look, click here.
Here's a breakdown of where the Chiefs finished in different statistical categories throughout the regular season:
Chiefs Replay: Week 8 vs. the Detroit Lions from The Mothership
The next game involved long-distance travel to London, England, where they would face the Detroit Lions.
The Lions at the time had won just one game, but with only two to the Chiefs name, there still was uncertainty.
How would they handle the 10-hour flight across the Atlantic? Could they put two wins together? Would London fans support the Chiefs in what was considered a home game for Kansas City?
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Chiefs will ‘do everything' they can to retain Eric Berry, team chairman Clark Hunt says from The Kansas City Star
"Certainly, Eric is somebody that's very important to the franchise," Hunt said. "Coach (Andy) Reid and his staff think highly of him. They appreciate the leader that he's become, and obviously personally, he had the amazing year overcoming cancer. We'll do everything we can to try to bring him back."
That would probably mean giving Berry a contract that eclipses the four-year, $40 million extension that star Seattle safety Earl Thomas received in April 2014, a deal that included $27.75 million in guaranteed money and set the market for elite players at the position.
"There's no way that anybody who is involved in professional sports wouldn't appreciate what he did this year and overcoming what he did and what it took to do that," Hunt said. "You just add that to his natural leadership abilities, and he certainly was important to the team."
With a couple of strong contenders in safety Eric Berry and cornerback Marcus Peters and an outside candidate in coach Andy Reid, it seems the Kansas City Chiefs are in line for at least one honor when the NFL's postseason awards are handed out Saturday night.
Position evaluation: Jeremy Maclin anchors Chiefs WR corps from Chiefs Digest
The Kansas City Chiefs finally washed away the no-receiver touchdowns during the 2015 season with 12 touchdowns by receivers.
The position saw much needed upgrades, but there is still work to be done.
Position evaluation: LT Eric Fisher makes strides in third year with Chiefs from Chiefs Digest
Uncertainty surrounded the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive line entering the 2015 season, but the unit came together as the weeks went on.
Here is how the offensive line progressed the past season:
In the last half of the Kansas City Chiefs season, everything seemed to go right - an 11-game winning streak to end the regular season and their first playoff win since 1994. But in the courtroom, an age discrimination case against the Chiefs was turning problematic.
Court documents filed this week indicate the Chiefs have now settled the case out of court. Neither the plaintiff, former Chiefs maintenance manager Steve Cox, nor his attorney would comment on the settlement. The Chiefs did not respond to a request for comment.
Before the settlement, Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt was scheduled to give a deposition later this month.
Chiefs settle age discrimination case with former employee from The Kansas City Business Journal
The long-running case started with a Jackson County district court jury ruling in favor of the Chiefs in March 2013. A subsequent appeal from the plaintiff was denied by the Missouri Court of Appeals in August 2014.
But Cox's lawyer persisted and the appeal went all the way to the Missouri Supreme Court. The justices ruled that the district court erred in not allowing the testimony of 20 former employees or allowing the plaintiff to depose Clark Hunt. The complaint was sent back to the circuit court for trial in September 2015.
Chiefs' Alex Smith scores with California home sale from The Kansas City Business Journal
In an examination of NFL players' real estate activity in 2015, The Wall Street Journal reports that Smith sold his home in Monte Sereno, Calif., for $3.999 million, the highest price fetched by a quarterback.
Sixteen have been to all 50 Super Bowls.
They include the three members of the "Never Miss a Super Bowl Club," five members of "The Super Bowl 5," six media members, a former grounds keeper and Norma Hunt, the wife-now-widow of Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt.
"Lamar and I saw 40 Super Bowls together," she said. "He wanted me to keep going and I've made it to 50."
Hunt says it's a blessing to be at Super Bowl 50 that she credits to longevity and great health.
When the Kansas City Chiefs took the field against the Green Bay Packers nearly a half-century ago in the first Super Bowl, they embodied the most obvious plotline of the game: How would the champions of the upstart American Football League fare against the established titans of the NFL?
Less overtly, though, the Chiefs were representing another kind of insurgent cause - that of the outstanding and widely unrecognized football programs of the HBCUs [note: historically black colleges and universities] and, more broadly, HBCU culture itself. With all the retrospective consideration of Super Bowl I as the 50th Super Bowl looms this Sunday, the racial significance of that initial title game deserves to be recognized. The connection is all the more relevant as this Super Bowl's Carolina Panthers are led by Cam Newton, only the sixth African-American quarterback to start in a Super Bowl.
Phillipsburg native Bill Walsh a coach for Kansas City in first Super Bowl from The Morning Call
In Super Bowl I, which was called the AFL/NFL Championship Game that first year, the National Football League's heavily favored Green Bay Packers defeated the American Football League's Chiefs, 35-10, in Los Angeles.
"We had an explosive club that year," Walsh recalled from his home in Atlanta, "but with all the media hype of playing [Vince] Lombardi's powerful Packer team in the very first Super Bowl, everyone was so excited and nervous that we did not play our best."
However, Walsh and the Chiefs got a second chance three years later in January 1970. In Super Bowl IV in New Orleans, the Chiefs upset the NFL's two-touchdown favorite Minnesota Vikings, 23-7, in New Orleans.
Jacobs: KC Chiefs' Bobby Bell's path from NC to the first Super Bowl from The News & Observer
The 2016 Super Bowl is the 50th edition of what began as a generically named battle between competing leagues. Of 44 starters in that inaugural championship contest for the NFL's Green Bay Packers and AFL's Kansas City Chiefs, Bell was the sole North Carolinian.
"Nobody that I knew that played in that game ever thought it was going to be as big as it is right now," said the 12-year Chief, recalling that January 1967 contest. "The AFL just got started (in 1960). It was new. We were just young players coming out. They were just giving us an opportunity to play football."
She doesn't remember the guy with the rocket pack or when Buck Buchanan threw Jim Taylor down to the ground.
"The most exciting thing was being on the plane with the football players and they were so nice," she said.
After the Super Bowl, Lamar Hunt sent each cheerleader a letter thanking them for their job well done, including one to Howard.
"Debbie, a very belated but most appreciated thank you for the job you did for the Kansas City Chiefs this overall season. Your participation added greatly to the fans overall enjoyment of the game. Again, thanks for being on our team," said Hunt in his letter.
Family of Chuck Hurston presents golden football to Jordan from The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Johnny Hurston, brother of the late Chuck Hurston, presented Jordan High with a golden 50th anniversary football from the NFL on Friday to commemorate Chuck's participation in two Super Bowls during his football career.
Chuck played for the Kansas City Chiefs when they lost in the very first Super Bowl to the Green Bay Packers and returned three years later when the Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings.
Chuck, who died of cancer last November at 72 years old, was one of only two Bi-City players to have won a Super Bowl.
The seven honored players are Eric Alexander, Jordan Babineaux, Aaron Brown, Duriel Harris, Bobby Leopold, Tim McKyer and Joe Washington Jr. Jimmy Johnson, who coached the Dallas Cowboys to Super Bowl wins in 1993 and 1994, was also represented with a golden football. The eight attended schools that were consolidated into the current Memorial before the start of the 2002-03 school year.
Alexander won the 2005 Super Bowl as a linebacker with the New England Patriots. Brown was a defensive end with the Kansas City Chiefs and lost the first Super Bowl in 1967 and won in 1970. Harris was with the Miami Dolphins in 1983 and lost that year's Super Bowl to the Washington Redskins.
Tucson resident played in Super Bowl I from Tucson News Now
Sam Longmire was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs for 4 1/2 years, playing as a defensive back and then moving to wide receiver.
"There was a huge crowd, giant balloons and multiple bands, and spectacular events at the half," Longmire said. "They wanted to make it as big as possible and it came off very big. Bigger than anything you could imagine."
Wild Super Bowl stories from Steve Sabol: 'Matriculating the ball down the field' from The Los Angeles Times
Hank had the whole top floor of the Sonesta Hotel, with one bedroom just for his clothes. I always said he was the only man to win the Super Bowl wearing a toupee and a sports jacket made out of the same material -- beautiful jacket, bad toupee.
He was a very vain guy, and underneath his suit he wore a vest made out of scuba material just to keep his stomach in. That's what he was wearing when my dad and I went up to see him in his hotel suite on Saturday before the game.
ESPN's Clayton: Don't bet on old-school NFL owners approving Las Vegas from The Las Vegas Review-Journal
Lamar Hunt was creative, clever, a visionary, as forward a thinker as the NFL has known. I wonder what the late owner of the Kansas City Chiefs would have thought about the league housing a team in Las Vegas. I wonder if he would have seen the big picture in it like he did so many of the other historical changes he initiated.
The man thought of the name Super Bowl, for goodness sakes. He helped bring about the merger of the AFL and NFL.
You think he would have understood football in Las Vegas for more than sports books.
Super Bowl 50's data deluge: How much is too much? from The Conversation
Just look at the old footage to compare the responsibilities of Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers with those 49 years ago laid upon Bart Starr of the Green Bay Packers and Len Dawson of the Kansas City Chiefs, quarterbacks from the first Super Bowl.
The complex Kansas City offense would eventually become known as the "Offense of the '70s." But the necessary rate of today's decision-making process, and the digitally driven preparation that powers it, have taken that complexity to new levels.
The same is true of the presentation of the game. Images that once required waiting until the next day's newspaper, or the following week's edition of Sports Illustrated, are now captured in real time and available on your iPhone - if you're not too busy tweeting your own commentary on that last play.