The Kansas City Chiefs are currently tied for the longest playoff losing streak in NFL history (tied with Detroit Lions), with eight straight postseason losses. The last time they won a playoff game? 1993-94. Marty Schottenheimer was leading the way as head coach, with legends Joe Montana under center at quarterback and Marcus Allen carrying the ball out of the backfield.
That season, after putting up a solid 11-5 record with a couple of past-their-prime legends leading the way on offense, Kansas City fell just shy of the Super Bowl, falling 30-13 to the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship game following victories over Pittsburgh and Houston in the AFC Wild Card and Divisional rounds, respectively.
Montana was pounded by Buffalo’s pass-rush (led by Hall of Fame DE Bruce Smith) in the conference championship, and was forced out of the game with a concussion. Backup Dave Krieg finished the game, passing for 198 yards and an interception in the loss.
That was 22 years ago.
Over the last two decades, the franchise has gone through a number of head coaches (Gunther Cunningham, Dick Vermeil, Herm Edwards, Todd Haley, Romeo Crennel, and now Andy Reid) and quarterbacks (Steve Bono, Rich Gannon, Elvis Grbac, Trent Green, Damon Huard, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Cassel and, finally, Alex Smith).
Kansas City’s Lack of Postseason Success:
1994: 9-7 season, lost in Wild Card
1995: 13-3 season, lost in Divisional round
1997: 13-3 season, lost in Divisional round
2003: 13-3 season, lost in Divisional round
2006: 9-7 season, lost in Wild Card
2010: 10-6 season, lost in Wild Card
2013: 10-6 season, lost in Wild Card
2015: 11-5 season, ???
But do you know what? I have a funny feeling that Kansas City may be turning a new leaf this time around. Prediction: Kansas City over Houston tomorrow afternoon, 24-14.