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1971 Kansas City Chiefs

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10-3-1, Finished 1st in AFC West Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.1, Offense: 0.6, Defense: 4.5, SoS: -1.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 302 points (21.6/g), 8th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 208 points (14.9/g), 5th.
 Differential of 94 points (6.7/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 9.9-4.1.

Coach: Hank Stram (10-3-1)

Stadium: Kansas City Municipal Stadium
 Training Camp: William Jewell College (Liberty, Missouri)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Lamar Hunt
Executive VP/General Manager Jack Steadman
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 302 4190 859 4.9 26 13 240 183 337 2347 15 13 6.3 119 487 1843 14 3.8 108 72 734 13
Opp. Stats 208 3768 813 4.6 33 6 223 209 418 2468 11 27 5.5 125 367 1300 9 3.5 73 71 751 25
Lg Rank Offense 8 9 4 7 8 18 7 10 4 7 8 12 9 18
Lg Rank Defense 5 7 16 26 10 25 24 5 3 11 3 3 7 7

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore L 0-1 @ San Diego Chargers 14 21 17 231 115 116 2 21 356 254 102 1
2 Sun September 26 boxscore W 1-1 @ Houston Oilers 20 16 19 286 207 79 2 15 198 172 26 3
3 Sun October 3 boxscore W 2-1 @ Denver Broncos 16 3 11 159 66 93 3 9 222 160 62 5
4 Sun October 10 boxscore W 3-1 San Diego Chargers 31 10 21 388 167 221 11 179 125 54 2
5 Mon October 18 boxscore W 4-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 38 16 15 348 285 63 2 18 322 251 71 4
6 Sun October 24 boxscore W 5-1 Washington Redskins 27 20 20 325 163 162 2 16 304 205 99 2
7 Sun October 31 boxscore T 5-1-1 @ Oakland Raiders 20 20 18 248 87 161 2 19 252 141 111 2
8 Sun November 7 boxscore L 5-2-1 @ New York Jets 10 13 10 190 95 95 3 11 145 9 136
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 6-2-1 Cleveland Browns 13 7 23 384 201 183 2 15 292 247 45 3
10 Sun November 21 boxscore W 7-2-1 Denver Broncos 28 10 16 387 255 132 3 15 319 190 129 3
11 Thu November 25 boxscore L 7-3-1 @ Detroit Lions 21 32 19 258 139 119 2 22 381 223 158 2
12 Mon December 6 boxscore W 8-3-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 26 17 20 427 255 172 1 18 331 219 112 1
13 Sun December 12 boxscore W 9-3-1 Oakland Raiders 16 14 17 304 194 110 2 18 207 114 93 3
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 10-3-1 Buffalo Bills 22 9 14 255 118 137 15 260 158 102 3
Playoffs
Division Sat December 25 boxscore L OT 10-4-1 Miami Dolphins 24 27 23 451 238 213 4 22 407 263 144 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
16 Len Dawson* 36 QB 14 13 9-3-1 167 301 55.5 2504 15 5.0 13 4.3 82 8.3 7.4 15.0 178.9 81.6 30 303 6.65 5.79 9.1 3 3
10 Mike Livingston 26 qb 3 1 1-0-0 12 28 42.9 130 0 0.0 0 0.0 36 4.6 4.6 10.8 43.3 57.1 4 39 2.84 2.84 12.5
7 John Huarte 28 1 0 2 6 33.3 18 0 0.0 0 0.0 26 3.0 3.0 9.0 18.0 42.4 1 5 1.86 1.86 14.3
14 Ed Podolak 24 PR/RB 13 11 2 2 100.0 42 0 0.0 0 0.0 23 21.0 21.0 21.0 3.2 118.7 0 0 21.00 21.00 0.0
Team Total 26.4 14 10-3-1 183 337 54.3 2694 15 4.5 13 3.9 82 8.0 7.1 14.7 192.4 79.4 35 347 6.31 5.54 9.4 3 3
Opp Total 14 209 418 50.0 2703 11 2.6 27 6.5 6.5 4.09 12.9 193.1 52.6 28 235 5.5 3.3 6.3

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
14 Ed Podolak 24 PR/RB 13 11 184 708 9 25 3.8 54.5 14.2 36 252 7.0 0 23 2.8 19.4 960 9 5
38 Wendell Hayes 31 FB 14 14 132 537 1 27 4.1 38.4 9.4 16 150 9.4 1 26 1.1 10.7 687 2 1
6 Warren McVea 25 12 3 68 288 3 19 4.2 24.0 5.7 5 -3 -0.6 0 10 0.4 -0.3 285 3 1
35 Jim Otis 23 13 0 49 184 0 14 3.8 14.2 3.8 13 81 6.2 2 26 1.0 6.2 265 2 1
45 Robert Holmes 26 6 0 21 35 0 6 1.7 5.8 3.5 2 16 8.0 0 12 0.3 2.7 51 0 1
1 Mike Adamle 22 8 0 13 43 0 15 3.3 5.4 1.6 1 6 6.0 1 6 0.1 0.8 49 1 0
16 Len Dawson* 36 QB 14 13 12 24 0 8 2.0 1.7 0.9 24 0 8
10 Mike Livingston 26 qb 3 1 5 11 0 5 2.2 3.7 1.7 11 0 1
89 Otis Taylor*+ 29 WR 14 14 1 25 1 25 25.0 1.8 0.1 57 1110 19.5 7 82 4.1 79.3 1135 8 0
17 Elmo Wright 22 WR 14 14 1 -10 0 -10 -10.0 -0.7 0.1 26 528 20.3 3 69 1.9 37.7 518 3 1
83 Willie Frazier 29 8 1 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.3 0.1 2 41 20.5 0 23 0.3 5.1 39 0 0
88 Morris Stroud 25 TE 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 454 20.6 1 54 1.6 32.4 454 1 0
21 Dennis Homan 25 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 47 23.5 0 29 0.3 5.9 47 0 1
70 Sid Smith 23 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 12 12.0 0 12 0.1 0.9 12 0 0
Team Total 26.4 14 487 1843 14 27 3.8 131.6 34.8 183 2694 14.7 15 82 13.1 192.4 4537 29 23
Opp Total 14 367 1300 9 3.5 92.9 26.2 209 2468 11.8 11 14.9 176.3 3768 20 16

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
14 Ed Podolak 24 PR/RB 13 11 14 84 0 23 6.0 3 65 0 25 21.7 1109
15 Kerry Reardon 22 KR 6 0 3 5 0 4 1.7 12 308 0 41 25.7 313
21 Dennis Homan 25 8 0 10 61 0 18 6.1 108
6 Warren McVea 25 12 3 9 177 0 37 19.7 462
20 Mike Sensibaugh 22 7 0 5 -2 0 3 -0.4 4 71 0 25 17.8 69
1 Mike Adamle 22 8 0 7 149 0 34 21.3 198
45 Robert Holmes 26 6 0 7 171 0 41 24.4 222
38 Wendell Hayes 31 FB 14 14 4 75 0 34 18.8 762
24 Ceasar Belser 27 14 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
84 Bruce Bergey 25 6 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
Team Total 26.4 14 33 150 0 23 4.5 47 1031 0 41 21.9 5719
Opp Total 14 40 286 0 7.2 47 1071 0 22.8

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
3 Jan Stenerud* 29 K 14 0 13 12 9 5 8 4 9 4 5 1 44 26 59.1% 32 32 100.0%
44 Jerrel Wilson* 30 P 14 0 64 2864 68 1 44.8
66 Bob Stein 23 14 0 1 1 0.0%
Team Total 26.4 14 13 12 9 5 9 4 9 4 5 1 45 26 57.8% 32 32 100.0% 64 2864 68 1 44.8
Opp Total 14 32 20 62.5% 21 20 95.2% 67 2727 40.7

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
16 Len Dawson* 36 QB 14 13 0 8 3 -14 0
18 Emmitt Thomas* 28 RCB 14 14 8 145 1 36 0
63 Willie Lanier*+ 26 MLB 14 14 2 38 0 21 0 0 0 3 3 0
14 Ed Podolak 24 PR/RB 13 11 0 5 0 0 0
46 Jim Kearney 28 SS 14 14 3 46 0 29 0 0 0 1 20 0
40 Jim Marsalis 26 LCB 14 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
42 Johnny Robinson 33 FS 14 14 4 53 0 29 0
38 Wendell Hayes 31 FB 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
21 Dennis Homan 25 8 0 0 1 1 0 0
51 Jim Lynch 26 RLB 14 14 1 10 0 10 0 0 0 1 4 0
20 Mike Sensibaugh 22 7 0 0 2 0 0 0
44 Jerrel Wilson* 30 P 14 0 0 1 1 -11 0
78 Bobby Bell* 31 LLB 14 14 1 26 1 26 0
87 Aaron Brown 28 RDE 13 13 1 68 1 68 0
86 Buck Buchanan* 32 RDT 14 14 1 9 0 9 0
23 David Hadley 23 14 0 1 0 0 0 0
45 Robert Holmes 26 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
10 Mike Livingston 26 qb 3 1 0 1 0 -1 0
6 Warren McVea 25 12 3 0 1 0 0 0
35 Jim Otis 23 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
70 Sid Smith 23 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
66 Bob Stein 23 14 0 1 5 0 5 0
89 Otis Taylor*+ 29 WR 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
77 Jim Tyrer* 32 LT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
17 Elmo Wright 22 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
99 Wilbur Young 22 de 13 1 1 3 0 3 0
Team Total 26.4 14 27 403 3 68 0 0 23 15 1 0
Opp Total 14 16 10 35 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Jan Stenerud* 29 K 14 0 32 32 26 44 110
14 Ed Podolak 24 PR/RB 13 11 9 9 54
89 Otis Taylor*+ 29 WR 14 14 1 7 8 48
6 Warren McVea 25 12 3 3 3 18
17 Elmo Wright 22 WR 14 14 3 3 18
38 Wendell Hayes 31 FB 14 14 1 1 2 12
35 Jim Otis 23 13 0 2 2 12
1 Mike Adamle 22 8 0 1 1 6
78 Bobby Bell* 31 LLB 14 14 1 1 6
87 Aaron Brown 28 RDE 13 13 1 1 6
88 Morris Stroud 25 TE 14 13 1 1 6
18 Emmitt Thomas* 28 RCB 14 14 1 1 6
Team Total 26.4 14 14 15 3 32 32 32 26 45 302
Opp Total 14 9 11 1 20 21 20 32 1 208

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1971-09-19 @ SDG L, 14-21 1 6 rush Warren McVea 6 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
2 1971-09-19 @ SDG L, 14-21 2 1 rush Ed Podolak 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
3 1971-09-26 @ HOU W, 20-16 1 1 rush Wendell Hayes 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
4 1971-09-26 @ HOU W, 20-16 4 4 rush Warren McVea 4 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
5 1971-10-03 @ DEN W, 16-3 2 68 interception Aaron Brown 68 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
6 1971-10-10 SDG W, 31-10 2 3 pass Jim Otis 3 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
7 1971-10-10 SDG W, 31-10 3 15 pass Otis Taylor 15 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
8 1971-10-10 SDG W, 31-10 4 15 rush Warren McVea 15 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
9 1971-10-10 SDG W, 31-10 4 7 rush Ed Podolak 7 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
10 1971-10-18 PIT W, 38-16 2 5 pass Otis Taylor 5 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
11 1971-10-18 PIT W, 38-16 2 27 pass Otis Taylor 27 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
12 1971-10-18 PIT W, 38-16 2 5 pass Elmo Wright 5 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
13 1971-10-18 PIT W, 38-16 2 1 rush Ed Podolak 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
14 1971-10-18 PIT W, 38-16 4 32 interception Emmitt Thomas 32 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
15 1971-10-24 WAS W, 27-20 3 25 pass Otis Taylor 25 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
16 1971-10-24 WAS W, 27-20 4 15 pass Elmo Wright 15 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
17 1971-10-24 WAS W, 27-20 4 28 pass Otis Taylor 28 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
18 1971-10-31 @ OAK T, 20-20 1 1 rush Ed Podolak 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
19 1971-10-31 @ OAK T, 20-20 2 2 rush Ed Podolak 2 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
20 1971-11-07 @ NYJ L, 10-13 1 6 pass Mike Adamle 6 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
21 1971-11-14 CLE W, 13-7 2 26 pass Wendell Hayes 26 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
22 1971-11-21 DEN W, 28-10 1 39 pass Morris Stroud 39 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
23 1971-11-21 DEN W, 28-10 1 69 pass Elmo Wright 69 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
24 1971-11-21 DEN W, 28-10 2 17 rush Ed Podolak 17 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
25 1971-11-21 DEN W, 28-10 3 12 pass Jim Otis 12 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
26 1971-11-25 @ DET L, 21-32 2 2 rush Ed Podolak 2 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
27 1971-11-25 @ DET L, 21-32 3 5 rush Ed Podolak 5 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
28 1971-11-25 @ DET L, 21-32 4 6 rush Ed Podolak 6 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
29 1971-12-06 @ SFO W, 26-17 2 46 pass Otis Taylor 46 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
30 1971-12-06 @ SFO W, 26-17 3 25 rush Otis Taylor 25 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
31 1971-12-12 OAK W, 16-14 1 29 pass Otis Taylor 29 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
32 1971-12-19 BUF W, 22-9 3 26 interception Bobby Bell 26 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1971-09-19 @ SDG L, 14-21 3 39 pass Mike Montgomery 39 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
2 1971-09-19 @ SDG L, 14-21 4 37 pass Jerry LeVias 37 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
3 1971-09-19 @ SDG L, 14-21 4 26 rush Mike Garrett 26 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
4 1971-09-26 @ HOU W, 20-16 2 68 fumble Ken Houston 68 yard fumble return (Braden Beck kick)
5 1971-09-26 @ HOU W, 20-16 4 12 pass Charlie Joiner 12 yard pass from Dan Pastorini
6 1971-10-10 SDG W, 31-10 2 3 pass Mike Garrett 3 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
7 1971-10-18 PIT W, 38-16 4 1 rush John Fuqua 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
8 1971-10-24 WAS W, 27-20 1 4 pass Charley Taylor 4 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
9 1971-10-24 WAS W, 27-20 2 36 pass Charley Taylor 36 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
10 1971-10-31 @ OAK T, 20-20 2 1 rush Marv Hubbard 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
11 1971-10-31 @ OAK T, 20-20 4 24 pass Fred Biletnikoff 24 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
12 1971-11-07 @ NYJ L, 10-13 1 1 rush Emerson Boozer 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
13 1971-11-14 CLE W, 13-7 4 18 pass Milt Morin 18 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
14 1971-11-21 DEN W, 28-10 4 26 rush Floyd Little 26 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
15 1971-11-25 @ DET L, 21-32 2 1 rush Steve Owens 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
16 1971-11-25 @ DET L, 21-32 2 5 pass Charlie Sanders 5 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
17 1971-11-25 @ DET L, 21-32 3 17 pass Earl McCullouch 17 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
18 1971-12-06 @ SFO W, 26-17 2 35 pass Ted Kwalick 35 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
19 1971-12-06 @ SFO W, 26-17 4 3 rush Vic Washington 3 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
20 1971-12-12 OAK W, 16-14 2 1 rush Marv Hubbard 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
21 1971-12-12 OAK W, 16-14 4 1 rush Marv Hubbard 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)