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1981 Kansas City Chiefs

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9-7-0, Finished 3rd in AFC West Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.2, Offense: 0.4, Defense: 2.8, SoS: -0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 343 points (21.4/g), 12th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 290 points (18.1/g), 10th.
 Differential of 53 points (3.3/g), 11th.  Expected W-L: 9.6-6.4.

Coach: Marv Levy (9-7-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Rod Rust
 Other Notable Asst.: Ted Cottrell (Linebackers)

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 343 5273 1057 5.0 46 24 23 315 224 410 2640 12 22 5.9 132 610 2633 22 4.3 160
Team Defense 290 5373 1101 4.9 47 21 27 316 291 567 3626 16 26 6.1 177 507 1747 17 3.4 112
Lg Rank Offense 12 17 22 27 13 28 25 27 13 18 2 3 4 3
Lg Rank Defense 10 17 5 5 17 27 23 6 6 15 13 3 17 2

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 6 boxscore W 1-0 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 37 33 17 353 214 139 2 29 408 319 89 7
2 Sun September 13 boxscore W 2-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19 10 13 256 99 157 17 298 286 12
3 Sun September 20 boxscore L 2-1 San Diego Chargers 31 42 29 426 278 148 8 23 398 284 114 3
4 Sun September 27 boxscore W 3-1 @ Seattle Seahawks 20 14 26 381 227 154 2 23 359 277 82 1
5 Sun October 4 boxscore L 3-2 @ New England Patriots 17 33 22 327 108 219 4 25 451 211 240 2
6 Sun October 11 boxscore W 4-2 Oakland Raiders 27 0 20 454 278 176 2 13 230 151 79 3
7 Sun October 18 boxscore W 5-2 Denver Broncos 28 14 13 324 100 224 5 20 396 319 77 5
8 Sun October 25 boxscore W 6-2 @ Oakland Raiders 28 17 22 330 211 119 4 21 342 225 117 6
9 Sun November 1 boxscore L 6-3 @ San Diego Chargers 20 22 26 339 155 184 3 21 379 297 82 4
10 Sun November 8 boxscore L OT 6-4 Chicago Bears 13 16 18 249 84 165 6 15 278 77 201
11 Sun November 15 boxscore W 7-4 Houston Oilers 23 10 19 283 25 258 2 19 370 224 146 5
12 Sun November 22 boxscore W 8-4 Seattle Seahawks 40 13 29 450 181 269 21 339 256 83 2
13 Thu November 26 boxscore L 8-5 @ Detroit Lions 10 27 14 245 129 116 3 21 285 114 171 1
14 Sun December 6 boxscore L 8-6 @ Denver Broncos 13 16 18 307 233 74 1 16 342 265 77 1
15 Sun December 13 boxscore L 8-7 Miami Dolphins 7 17 16 276 185 91 2 16 253 160 93 3
16 Sun December 20 boxscore W 9-7 @ Minnesota Vikings 10 6 13 273 133 140 2 16 245 161 84 4

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
9 Bill Kenney 26 QB 13 13 8-5-0 147 274 53.6% 1983 9 3.3 16 5.8 64 7.2 5.3 13.5 152.5 63.6 20 160 6.20 4.36 6.8 1 0
4 Steve Fuller 24 qb 13 3 1-2-0 77 134 57.5% 934 3 2.2 4 3.0 53 7.0 6.1 12.1 71.8 74.0 17 117 5.41 4.62 11.3 1 1
48 James Hadnot 24 FB 16 15 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
89 Henry Marshall 27 WR 12 12 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
Team Total 25.3 16 9-7-0 224 410 54.6% 2917 12 2.9 22 5.4 64 7.1 5.3 13.0 182.3 64.7 37 277 5.91 4.23 8.3 2 1
Opp Total 16 291 567 51.3% 3821 16 2.8 26 4.6 6.7 5.24 13.1 238.8 63.2 27 195 6.1 4.7 4.5

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
37 Joe Delaney* 23 RB 15 10 234 1121 3 82 4.8 74.7 15.6 22 246 11.2 0 61 1.5 16.4 1367 3 9
48 James Hadnot 24 FB 16 15 140 603 3 30 4.3 37.7 8.8 23 215 9.3 0 20 1.4 13.4 818 3 4
43 Billy Jackson 22 rb 16 1 111 398 10 31 3.6 24.9 6.9 6 31 5.2 1 10 0.4 1.9 429 11 1
22 Ted McKnight 27 rb 5 5 54 195 5 26 3.6 39.0 10.8 8 77 9.6 0 23 1.6 15.4 272 5 2
9 Bill Kenney 26 QB 13 13 24 89 1 21 3.7 6.8 1.8 89 1 4
30 Curtis Bledsoe 24 rb 13 1 20 65 0 13 3.3 5.0 1.5 3 27 9.0 0 17 0.2 2.1 92 0 4
4 Steve Fuller 24 qb 13 3 19 118 0 27 6.2 9.1 1.5 118 0 4
89 Henry Marshall 27 WR 12 12 3 69 0 34 23.0 5.8 0.3 38 620 16.3 4 64 3.2 51.7 689 4 2
40 Mike Williams 24 3 0 2 0 0 3 0.0 0.0 0.7 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.3 1.0 3 0 0
84 Al Dixon 27 TE 16 13 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -0.3 0.1 29 356 12.3 2 48 1.8 22.3 351 2 0
88 Carlos Carson 23 wr 5 1 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.2 0.2 7 179 25.6 1 53 1.4 35.8 178 1 1
1 Bob Grupp 26 P 9 0 1 -19 0 -19 -19.0 -2.1 0.1 -19 0 0
86 J.T. Smith 26 PR/WR 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 63 852 13.5 2 42 3.9 53.3 852 2 2
87 Stan Rome 25 wr 16 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 203 11.9 1 23 1.1 12.7 203 1 0
81 Willie Scott 22 te 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 72 14.4 1 26 0.3 4.5 72 1 0
80 James Murphy 22 KR 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 36 18.0 0 22 0.2 3.6 36 0 0
Team Total 25.3 16 610 2633 22 82 4.3 164.6 38.1 224 2917 13.0 12 64 14.0 182.3 5550 34 36
Opp Total 16 507 1747 17 3.4 109.2 31.7 291 3626 12.5 16 18.2 226.6 5373 33 42

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 26 PR/WR 16 15 50 528 0 62 10.6 1380
80 James Murphy 22 KR 10 0 20 457 0 46 22.9 493
88 Carlos Carson 23 wr 5 1 10 227 0 48 22.7 405
30 Curtis Bledsoe 24 rb 13 1 6 117 0 26 19.5 209
34 Lloyd Burruss 24 SS 16 14 5 91 0 22 18.2 91
20 Deron Cherry 22 13 0 3 52 0 22 17.3 52
43 Billy Jackson 22 rb 16 1 3 60 0 23 20.0 489
70 Jim Rourke 24 12 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0
37 Joe Delaney* 23 RB 15 10 1 11 0 11 11.0 1378
46 Paul Dombroski 25 5 0 1 21 0 21 21.0 21
40 Mike Williams 24 3 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 10
Team Total 25.3 16 50 528 0 62 10.6 52 1043 0 48 20.1 7121
Opp Total 16 46 293 0 6.4 68 1296 0 19.1

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
8 Nick Lowery* 25 K 16 0 5 5 15 13 9 7 7 1 36 26 72.2%% 38 37 97.4%%
1 Bob Grupp 26 P 9 0 41 1556 57 0 38.0
7 Jeff Gossett 24 p 7 0 29 1141 55 0 39.3
Team Total 25.3 16 5 5 15 13 9 7 7 1 36 26 72.2%% 38 37 97.4%% 70 2697 57 0 38.5
Opp Total 16 27 19 70.4%% 34 29 85.3%% 80 3112 38.9

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
37 Joe Delaney* 23 RB 15 10 0 9 0 0 0
44 Eric Harris 26 RCB 16 16 7 109 0 43 0 0 0 2 20 0
26 Gary Barbaro* 27 FS 16 16 5 134 0 34 0 0 0 1 0 0
34 Lloyd Burruss 24 SS 16 14 4 75 1 46 0 0 1 1 4 0
24 Gary Green* 26 LCB 16 16 5 37 0 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
30 Curtis Bledsoe 24 rb 13 1 0 4 1 0 0
4 Steve Fuller 24 qb 13 3 0 4 1 -6 0
48 James Hadnot 24 FB 16 15 0 4 1 0 0
9 Bill Kenney 26 QB 13 13 0 4 0 -2 0
51 Charles Jackson 26 ROLB 14 11 0 0 3 33 0
54 Frank Manumaleuga 25 lb 4 4 2 17 0 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
61 Don Parrish 26 NT 16 8 0 0 3 0 0
53 Whitney Paul 28 LOLB 16 9 2 30 0 25 0 0 0 1 47 1
86 J.T. Smith 26 PR/WR 16 15 0 2 1 19 0
88 Carlos Carson 23 wr 5 1 0 1 1 0 0
52 Tom Howard 27 lolb 9 7 0 0 2 65 1
91 Ken Kremer 24 nt 16 8 0 0 2 0 0
89 Henry Marshall 27 WR 12 12 0 2 0 0 0
22 Ted McKnight 27 rb 5 5 0 2 0 0 0
59 Gary Spani 25 RILB 16 16 0 0 2 91 1
99 Mike Bell 24 RDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
56 Phil Cancik 24 lb 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
20 Deron Cherry 22 13 0 1 4 0 4 0
41 Herb Christopher 27 db 16 2 0 0 1 0 0
65 Tom Condon 29 RG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
60 Matt Herkenhoff 30 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
43 Billy Jackson 22 rb 16 1 0 1 0 0 0
8 Nick Lowery* 25 K 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
87 Stan Rome 25 wr 16 4 0 0 1 13 0
58 Jack Rudnay 34 C 16 16 0 1 0 -28 0
67 Art Still* 26 LDE 11 11 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.3 16 26 406 1 46 0 0 36 31 256 3
Opp Total 16 37 42 21

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
8 Nick Lowery* 25 K 16 0 37 26 115
43 Billy Jackson 22 rb 16 1 10 1 11 66
22 Ted McKnight 27 rb 5 5 5 5 30
89 Henry Marshall 27 WR 12 12 4 4 24
37 Joe Delaney* 23 RB 15 10 3 3 18
48 James Hadnot 24 FB 16 15 3 3 18
84 Al Dixon 27 TE 16 13 2 2 12
86 J.T. Smith 26 PR/WR 16 15 2 2 12
34 Lloyd Burruss 24 SS 16 14 1 1 6
88 Carlos Carson 23 wr 5 1 1 1 6
52 Tom Howard 27 lolb 9 7 1 1 6
9 Bill Kenney 26 QB 13 13 1 1 6
53 Whitney Paul 28 LOLB 16 9 1 1 6
87 Stan Rome 25 wr 16 4 1 1 6
81 Willie Scott 22 te 16 3 1 1 6
59 Gary Spani 25 RILB 16 16 1 1 6
Team Total 25.3 16 22 12 3 1 38 37 26 343
Opp Total 16 17 16 1 29 19 290

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1981-09-06 @ PIT W, 37-33 1 48 pass Henry Marshall 48 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
2 1981-09-06 @ PIT W, 37-33 3 53 pass Carlos Carson 53 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
3 1981-09-06 @ PIT W, 37-33 4 3 rush Ted McKnight 3 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
4 1981-09-06 @ PIT W, 37-33 4 65 fumble Tom Howard 65 yard fumble return (Nick Lowery kick)
5 1981-09-13 TAM W, 19-10 1 8 rush Ted McKnight 8 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
6 1981-09-20 SDG L, 31-42 1 1 rush Ted McKnight 1 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
7 1981-09-20 SDG L, 31-42 2 7 pass Al Dixon 7 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
8 1981-09-20 SDG L, 31-42 3 3 rush Ted McKnight 3 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
9 1981-09-20 SDG L, 31-42 3 4 rush Billy Jackson 4 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
10 1981-09-27 @ SEA W, 20-14 1 2 rush Ted McKnight 2 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
11 1981-09-27 @ SEA W, 20-14 2 1 rush Bill Kenney 1 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
12 1981-10-04 @ NWE L, 17-33 1 1 rush James Hadnot 1 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
13 1981-10-04 @ NWE L, 17-33 4 18 rush Joe Delaney 18 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
14 1981-10-11 OAK W, 27-0 2 4 rush Billy Jackson 4 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
15 1981-10-11 OAK W, 27-0 3 4 pass Henry Marshall 4 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
16 1981-10-11 OAK W, 27-0 4 9 pass J.T. Smith 9 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
17 1981-10-18 DEN W, 28-14 1 1 rush Billy Jackson 1 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
18 1981-10-18 DEN W, 28-14 1 47 fumble Whitney Paul 47 yard fumble return (Nick Lowery kick)
19 1981-10-18 DEN W, 28-14 4 64 pass Henry Marshall 64 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
20 1981-10-18 DEN W, 28-14 4 82 rush Joe Delaney 82 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
21 1981-10-25 @ OAK W, 28-17 3 29 rush Billy Jackson 29 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
22 1981-10-25 @ OAK W, 28-17 4 3 rush Billy Jackson 3 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
23 1981-10-25 @ OAK W, 28-17 4 3 rush Billy Jackson 3 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
24 1981-10-25 @ OAK W, 28-17 4 91 fumble Gary Spani 91 yard fumble return (Nick Lowery kick)
25 1981-11-01 @ SDG L, 20-22 1 2 rush James Hadnot 2 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
26 1981-11-01 @ SDG L, 20-22 3 2 pass Billy Jackson 2 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
27 1981-11-08 CHI L, 13-16 4 18 pass Henry Marshall 18 yard pass from Steve Fuller (Nick Lowery kick)
28 1981-11-15 HOU W, 23-10 1 6 rush Joe Delaney 6 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
29 1981-11-15 HOU W, 23-10 3 1 rush Billy Jackson 1 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
30 1981-11-22 SEA W, 40-13 2 14 pass J.T. Smith 14 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
31 1981-11-22 SEA W, 40-13 2 46 interception Lloyd Burruss 46 yard interception return (Nick Lowery kick)
32 1981-11-22 SEA W, 40-13 3 1 rush Billy Jackson 1 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
33 1981-11-22 SEA W, 40-13 4 2 pass Willie Scott 2 yard pass from Bill Kenney
34 1981-11-22 SEA W, 40-13 4 2 rush Billy Jackson 2 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
35 1981-11-26 @ DET L, 10-27 1 4 rush Billy Jackson 4 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
36 1981-12-06 @ DEN L, 13-16 3 1 rush James Hadnot 1 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
37 1981-12-13 MIA L, 7-17 2 2 pass Al Dixon 2 yard pass from Steve Fuller (Nick Lowery kick)
38 1981-12-20 @ MIN W, 10-6 3 15 pass Stan Rome 15 yard pass from Steve Fuller (Nick Lowery kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1981-09-06 @ PIT L, 33-37 1 18 pass Lynn Swann 18 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw
2 1981-09-06 @ PIT L, 33-37 2 7 rush Franco Harris 7 yard rush
3 1981-09-06 @ PIT L, 33-37 2 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (David Trout kick)
4 1981-09-06 @ PIT L, 33-37 3 1 rush Greg Hawthorne 1 yard rush (David Trout kick)
5 1981-09-06 @ PIT L, 33-37 4 41 pass Jim Smith 41 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (David Trout kick)
6 1981-09-13 TAM L, 10-19 1 2 rush James Wilder 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
7 1981-09-20 SDG W, 42-31 1 13 pass Kellen Winslow 13 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
8 1981-09-20 SDG W, 42-31 1 29 pass James Brooks 29 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
9 1981-09-20 SDG W, 42-31 2 1 rush Chuck Muncie 1 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
10 1981-09-20 SDG W, 42-31 2 12 pass Eric Sievers 12 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
11 1981-09-20 SDG W, 42-31 3 3 rush Chuck Muncie 3 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
12 1981-09-20 SDG W, 42-31 4 5 interception Gary Johnson 5 yard interception return (Rolf Benirschke kick)
13 1981-09-27 @ SEA L, 14-20 2 11 pass Sam McCullum 11 yard pass from Jim Zorn (Efren Herrera kick)
14 1981-09-27 @ SEA L, 14-20 3 2 rush Sherman Smith 2 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
15 1981-10-04 @ NWE W, 33-17 1 13 pass Don Hasselbeck 13 yard pass from Matt Cavanaugh (John Smith kick)
16 1981-10-04 @ NWE W, 33-17 2 8 rush Matt Cavanaugh 8 yard rush (John Smith kick)
17 1981-10-04 @ NWE W, 33-17 3 13 rush Tony Collins 13 yard rush (John Smith kick)
18 1981-10-04 @ NWE W, 33-17 4 66 pass Stanley Morgan 66 yard pass from Andy Johnson
19 1981-10-18 DEN L, 14-28 3 11 pass Steve Watson 11 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
20 1981-10-18 DEN L, 14-28 4 11 pass Steve Watson 11 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
21 1981-10-25 @ OAK L, 17-28 1 6 pass Morris Bradshaw 6 yard pass from Marc Wilson (Chris Bahr kick)
22 1981-10-25 @ OAK L, 17-28 2 3 rush Marc Wilson 3 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
23 1981-11-01 @ SDG W, 22-20 1 1 rush Chuck Muncie 1 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
24 1981-11-01 @ SDG W, 22-20 2 4 rush Chuck Muncie 4 yard rush
25 1981-11-08 CHI W, 16-13 1 12 pass Rickey Watts 12 yard pass from Vince Evans (John Roveto kick)
26 1981-11-15 HOU L, 10-23 4 50 pass Ken Burrough 50 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
27 1981-11-22 SEA L, 13-40 3 30 pass Steve Largent 30 yard pass from Jim Zorn (Efren Herrera kick)
28 1981-11-26 @ DET W, 27-10 1 10 pass David Hill 10 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
29 1981-11-26 @ DET W, 27-10 2 40 pass Freddie Scott 40 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
30 1981-11-26 @ DET W, 27-10 4 4 rush Billy Sims 4 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
31 1981-12-06 @ DEN W, 16-13 1 2 rush Rob Lytle 2 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
32 1981-12-06 @ DEN W, 16-13 2 2 rush Larry Canada 2 yard rush (run failed)
33 1981-12-13 MIA W, 17-7 1 5 rush Tony Nathan 5 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
34 1981-12-13 MIA W, 17-7 4 1 rush Andra Franklin 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)