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1979 Kansas City Chiefs

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7-9-0, Finished 5th in AFC West Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.4, Offense: -4.0, Defense: 5.4, SoS: 2.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 238 points (14.9/g), 26th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 262 points (16.4/g), 5th.
 Differential of -24 points (-1.5/g), 18th.  Expected W-L: 7.1-8.9.

Coach: Marv Levy (7-9-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Rod Rust

Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
 Training Camp: William Jewell College (Liberty, Missouri)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Lamar Hunt
General Manager Jim Schaaf
Defensive Alignment 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 238 3976 972 4.1 36 18 28 241 190 361 1660 7 18 4.1 91 569 2316 18 4.1 122
Team Defense 262 4971 1088 4.6 37 14 26 297 296 528 3124 22 23 5.5 169 522 1847 8 3.5 102
Lg Rank Offense 26 27 9 16 26 28 28 28 7 28 9 13 10 12
Lg Rank Defense 5 12 17 22 13 27 22 20 10 11 11 6 1 6

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore W 1-0 Baltimore Colts 14 0 12 211 45 166 1 15 308 225 83 2
2 Sun September 9 boxscore L 1-1 Cleveland Browns 24 27 19 248 147 101 1 23 402 238 164 2
3 Sun September 16 boxscore L 1-2 @ Houston Oilers 6 20 16 280 97 183 5 16 345 173 172 1
4 Sun September 23 boxscore W 2-2 Oakland Raiders 35 7 22 292 70 222 2 10 121 90 31 4
5 Sun September 30 boxscore W 3-2 @ Seattle Seahawks 24 6 11 230 15 215 1 18 312 178 134 2
6 Sun October 7 boxscore W 4-2 @ Cincinnati Bengals 10 7 11 200 101 99 2 14 221 66 155 2
7 Sun October 14 boxscore L 4-3 Denver Broncos 10 24 16 166 68 98 2 21 344 207 137 1
8 Sun October 21 boxscore L 4-4 New York Giants 17 21 28 463 294 169 4 13 226 126 100 1
9 Sun October 28 boxscore L 4-5 @ Denver Broncos 3 20 12 210 108 102 3 20 381 269 112 2
10 Sun November 4 boxscore L 4-6 San Diego Chargers 14 20 17 283 164 119 4 23 315 229 86 2
11 Sun November 11 boxscore L 4-7 Pittsburgh Steelers 3 30 8 127 62 65 3 20 355 228 127 2
12 Sun November 18 boxscore W 5-7 @ Oakland Raiders 24 21 20 363 122 241 1 21 339 271 68 3
13 Sun November 25 boxscore L 5-8 @ San Diego Chargers 7 28 9 190 125 65 1 30 460 325 135 1
14 Sun December 2 boxscore W 6-8 Seattle Seahawks 37 21 20 331 137 194 2 21 275 231 44 5
15 Sun December 9 boxscore W 7-8 @ Baltimore Colts 10 7 16 302 83 219 2 16 298 223 75 4
16 Sun December 16 boxscore L 7-9 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 3 4 80 22 58 2 16 269 45 224 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player 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 SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
4 Steve Fuller 22 QB 16 12 6-6-0 146 270 54.1% 1484 6 2.2 14 5.2 40 5.5 3.6 10.2 92.8 55.8 37 244 4.04 2.38 12.1 0 1
10 Mike Livingston 34 qb 5 4 1-3-0 44 90 48.9% 469 1 1.1 4 4.4 38 5.2 3.4 10.7 93.8 49.7 5 49 4.42 2.74 5.3
1 Bob Grupp* 24 P 16 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 25.1 16 7-9-0 190 361 52.6% 1953 7 1.9 18 5.0 40 5.4 3.6 10.3 122.1 54.2 42 293 4.12 2.46 10.4 0 1
Opp Total 16 296 528 56.1% 3404 22 4.2 23 4.4 6.4 5.32 11.5 212.8 71.4 38 280 5.5 4.5 6.7

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player 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
22 Ted McKnight 25 FB 15 14 153 755 8 84 4.9 50.3 10.2 38 226 5.9 0 24 2.5 15.1 981 8 5
32 Tony Reed 24 RB 11 11 113 446 1 23 3.9 40.5 10.3 34 352 10.4 0 40 3.1 32.0 798 1 4
21 Arnold Morgado 27 11 4 75 231 4 19 3.1 21.0 6.8 5 55 11.0 0 22 0.5 5.0 286 4 1
40 Mike Williams 22 14 3 69 261 1 22 3.8 18.6 4.9 16 129 8.1 2 25 1.1 9.2 390 3 2
23 Earl Gant 22 16 3 56 196 1 16 3.5 12.3 3.5 15 101 6.7 0 26 0.9 6.3 297 1 2
4 Steve Fuller 22 QB 16 12 50 264 1 49 5.3 16.5 3.1 264 1 6
35 Horace Belton 24 KR 16 1 44 134 1 12 3.0 8.4 2.8 4 44 11.0 0 23 0.3 2.8 178 1 1
10 Mike Livingston 34 qb 5 4 3 2 0 5 0.7 0.4 0.6 2 0 2
89 Henry Marshall 25 WR 16 12 2 34 1 23 17.0 2.1 0.1 21 332 15.8 1 38 1.3 20.8 366 2 0
34 Wilbert Haslip 23 5 0 2 1 0 1 0.5 0.2 0.4 1 0 0
54 Frank Manumaleuga 23 LILB 15 12 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.2 0.1 -3 0 0
87 Stan Rome 23 9 0 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -0.6 0.1 -5 0 0
86 J.T. Smith 24 PR/WR 16 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 33 444 13.5 3 34 2.1 27.8 444 3 3
81 Tony Samuels 25 TE 16 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 147 10.5 0 30 0.9 9.2 147 0 1
83 Steve Gaunty 22 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 87 17.4 1 23 0.6 9.7 87 1 0
88 Walter White 28 te 6 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 15 5.0 0 12 0.5 2.5 15 0 1
85 Ed Beckman 24 te 9 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 21 10.5 0 12 0.2 2.3 21 0 0
Team Total 25.1 16 569 2316 18 84 4.1 144.8 35.6 190 1953 10.3 7 40 11.9 122.1 4269 25 31
Opp Total 16 522 1847 8 3.5 115.4 32.6 296 3124 10.6 22 18.5 195.3 4971 30 34

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
86 J.T. Smith 24 PR/WR 16 13 58 612 2 88 10.6 1056
35 Horace Belton 24 KR 16 1 22 463 0 52 21.0 641
83 Steve Gaunty 22 9 0 12 271 0 50 22.6 358
80 Johnnie Dirden 27 4 0 7 154 0 32 22.0 154
23 Earl Gant 22 16 3 4 75 0 20 18.8 372
22 Ted McKnight 25 FB 15 14 2 34 0 17 17.0 1015
44 Tim Collier 25 RCB 15 9 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
34 Wilbert Haslip 23 5 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 8
21 Arnold Morgado 27 11 4 1 0 0 0 0.0 286
50 Cal Peterson 27 16 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.1 16 58 612 2 88 10.6 51 1004 0 52 19.7 5885
Opp Total 16 49 315 0 6.4 51 1017 0 19.9

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player 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
1 Bob Grupp* 24 P 16 0 89 3883 74 1 43.6
3 Jan Stenerud 37 K 16 0 1 6 4 4 3 10 5 2 23 12 52.2%% 29 28 96.6%%
Team Total 25.1 16 1 6 4 4 3 10 5 2 23 12 52.2%% 29 28 96.6%% 89 3883 74 1 43.6
Opp Total 16 21 13 61.9%% 32 31 96.9%% 88 3414 38.8

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
26 Gary Barbaro 25 FS 16 16 7 142 1 70 0 0 0 2 0 0
4 Steve Fuller 22 QB 16 12 0 6 3 -4 0
24 Gary Green 24 LCB 16 16 5 148 0 57 0 0 0 2 0 0
22 Ted McKnight 25 FB 15 14 0 5 1 0 0
32 Tony Reed 24 RB 11 11 0 4 2 0 0
42 M.L. Carter 24 16 7 3 33 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Whitney Paul 26 LOLB 15 15 1 28 0 28 0 0 0 3 0 0
86 J.T. Smith 24 PR/WR 16 13 0 3 1 1 0
44 Tim Collier 25 RCB 15 9 2 45 0 40 0 0 1 0 0 0
23 Earl Gant 22 16 3 0 2 1 0 0
81 Tony Samuels 25 TE 16 13 0 1 2 0 1
35 Horace Belton 24 KR 16 1 0 1 1 0 0
41 Herb Christopher 25 ss 9 6 2 1 0 1 0
49 Gerald Jackson 23 16 3 1 4 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
10 Mike Livingston 34 qb 5 4 0 2 0 -2 0
40 Mike Williams 22 14 3 0 2 0 0 0
99 Mike Bell 22 de 11 3 0 0 1 0 0
57 Jerry Blanton 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
65 Tom Condon 27 RG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
80 Johnnie Dirden 27 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
52 Tom Howard 25 ROLB 16 16 1 19 0 19 0
51 Charles Jackson 24 lb 12 4 0 0 1 0 0
54 Frank Manumaleuga 23 LILB 15 12 1 17 0 17 0
21 Arnold Morgado 27 11 4 0 1 0 0 0
61 Don Parrish 24 NT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
59 Gary Spani 23 RILB 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
67 Art Still 24 LDE 16 16 0 0 1 13 0
88 Walter White 28 te 6 3 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.1 16 23 437 1 70 0 0 31 26 8 1
Opp Total 16 42 34 20

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Jan Stenerud 37 K 16 0 28 12 64
22 Ted McKnight 25 FB 15 14 8 8 48
86 J.T. Smith 24 PR/WR 16 13 3 2 5 30
21 Arnold Morgado 27 11 4 4 4 24
40 Mike Williams 22 14 3 1 2 3 18
89 Henry Marshall 25 WR 16 12 1 1 2 12
26 Gary Barbaro 25 FS 16 16 1 1 6
35 Horace Belton 24 KR 16 1 1 1 6
4 Steve Fuller 22 QB 16 12 1 1 6
23 Earl Gant 22 16 3 1 1 6
83 Steve Gaunty 22 9 0 1 1 6
32 Tony Reed 24 RB 11 11 1 1 6
81 Tony Samuels 25 TE 16 13 1 1 6
Team Total 25.1 16 18 7 2 1 1 29 28 12 238
Opp Total 16 8 22 2 31 13 262

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-02 BAL W, 14-0 2 1 rush Ted McKnight 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
2 1979-09-02 BAL W, 14-0 4 70 rush Ted McKnight 70 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
3 1979-09-09 CLE L, 24-27 3 17 pass J.T. Smith 17 yard pass from Steve Fuller (Jan Stenerud kick)
4 1979-09-09 CLE L, 24-27 4 9 rush Tony Reed 9 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
5 1979-09-09 CLE L, 24-27 4 1 rush Ted McKnight 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
6 1979-09-16 @ HOU L, 6-20 2 55 punt J.T. Smith 55 yard punt return
7 1979-09-23 OAK W, 35-7 1 19 pass Steve Gaunty 19 yard pass from Steve Fuller (Jan Stenerud kick)
8 1979-09-23 OAK W, 35-7 1 88 punt J.T. Smith 88 yard punt return (Jan Stenerud kick)
9 1979-09-23 OAK W, 35-7 3 70 interception Gary Barbaro 70 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
10 1979-09-23 OAK W, 35-7 4 1 rush Arnold Morgado 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
11 1979-09-23 OAK W, 35-7 4 3 rush Arnold Morgado 3 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
12 1979-09-30 @ SEA W, 24-6 2 23 rush Ted McKnight 23 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
13 1979-09-30 @ SEA W, 24-6 4 3 pass Mike Williams 3 yard pass from Steve Fuller (Jan Stenerud kick)
14 1979-09-30 @ SEA W, 24-6 4 84 rush Ted McKnight 84 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
15 1979-10-07 @ CIN W, 10-7 2 1 rush Mike Williams 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
16 1979-10-14 DEN L, 10-24 4 1 rush Arnold Morgado 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
17 1979-10-21 NYG L, 17-21 2 1 rush Arnold Morgado 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
18 1979-10-21 NYG L, 17-21 4 38 pass Henry Marshall 38 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
19 1979-11-04 SDG L, 14-20 4 18 rush Steve Fuller 18 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
20 1979-11-04 SDG L, 14-20 4 24 pass J.T. Smith 24 yard pass from Steve Fuller (Jan Stenerud kick)
21 1979-11-18 @ OAK W, 24-21 1 3 rush Horace Belton 3 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
22 1979-11-18 @ OAK W, 24-21 3 0 fumble Tony Samuels 0 yard fumble return (Jan Stenerud kick)
23 1979-11-18 @ OAK W, 24-21 3 23 rush Henry Marshall 23 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
24 1979-11-25 @ SDG L, 7-28 1 8 pass Mike Williams 8 yard pass from Steve Fuller (Jan Stenerud kick)
25 1979-12-02 SEA W, 37-21 1 28 pass J.T. Smith 28 yard pass from Steve Fuller (Jan Stenerud kick)
26 1979-12-02 SEA W, 37-21 1 5 rush Ted McKnight 5 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
27 1979-12-02 SEA W, 37-21 2 2 rush Earl Gant 2 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
28 1979-12-02 SEA W, 37-21 4 3 rush Ted McKnight 3 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
29 1979-12-09 @ BAL W, 10-7 1 4 rush Ted McKnight 4 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-09 CLE W, 27-24 1 17 pass Reggie Rucker 17 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
2 1979-09-09 CLE W, 27-24 2 20 pass Ozzie Newsome 20 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
3 1979-09-09 CLE W, 27-24 4 21 pass Reggie Rucker 21 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
4 1979-09-16 @ HOU W, 20-6 1 4 rush Earl Campbell 4 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
5 1979-09-16 @ HOU W, 20-6 2 24 pass Tim Wilson 24 yard pass from Gifford Nielsen (Toni Fritsch kick)
6 1979-09-23 OAK L, 7-35 4 1 pass Derrick Jensen 1 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jim Breech kick)
7 1979-10-07 @ CIN L, 7-10 3 3 rush Ken Anderson 3 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
8 1979-10-14 DEN W, 24-10 2 2 fumble Bill Thompson 2 yard fumble return (Jim Turner kick)
9 1979-10-14 DEN W, 24-10 3 16 pass Haven Moses 16 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
10 1979-10-14 DEN W, 24-10 4 7 pass Rick Upchurch 7 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
11 1979-10-21 NYG W, 21-17 3 53 pass Earnest Gray 53 yard pass from Phil Simms (Joe Danelo kick)
12 1979-10-21 NYG W, 21-17 3 3 rush Billy Taylor 3 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
13 1979-10-21 NYG W, 21-17 4 22 fumble Harry Carson 22 yard fumble return (Joe Danelo kick)
14 1979-10-28 @ DEN W, 20-3 1 25 pass Jim Jensen 25 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
15 1979-10-28 @ DEN W, 20-3 2 5 pass Rick Upchurch 5 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
16 1979-10-28 @ DEN W, 20-3 3 32 pass Rick Upchurch 32 yard pass from Jon Keyworth
17 1979-11-04 SDG W, 20-14 1 13 pass John Jefferson 13 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Don Woods kick)
18 1979-11-04 SDG W, 20-14 4 5 rush Clarence Williams 5 yard rush (Mike Wood kick)
19 1979-11-11 PIT W, 30-3 1 26 pass John Stallworth 26 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Matt Bahr kick)
20 1979-11-11 PIT W, 30-3 2 16 pass Lynn Swann 16 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Matt Bahr kick)
21 1979-11-11 PIT W, 30-3 4 1 pass Larry Brown 1 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Matt Bahr kick)
22 1979-11-18 @ OAK L, 21-24 2 2 pass Mark van Eeghen 2 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Jim Breech kick)
23 1979-11-18 @ OAK L, 21-24 3 16 pass Derrick Ramsey 16 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Jim Breech kick)
24 1979-11-18 @ OAK L, 21-24 4 3 pass Cliff Branch 3 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Jim Breech kick)
25 1979-11-25 @ SDG W, 28-7 1 29 pass Charlie Joiner 29 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Mike Wood kick)
26 1979-11-25 @ SDG W, 28-7 2 42 pass John Jefferson 42 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Mike Wood kick)
27 1979-11-25 @ SDG W, 28-7 3 8 pass Bob Klein 8 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Mike Wood kick)
28 1979-11-25 @ SDG W, 28-7 4 8 rush Artie Owens 8 yard rush (Mike Wood kick)
29 1979-12-02 SEA L, 21-37 3 1 rush Jeff Moore 1 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
30 1979-12-02 SEA L, 21-37 4 1 rush Dan Doornink 1 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
31 1979-12-02 SEA L, 21-37 4 12 rush Jeff Moore 12 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
32 1979-12-09 @ BAL L, 7-10 1 43 pass Joe Washington 43 yard pass from Greg Landry (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)