1968 Kansas City Chiefs season
|1968 Kansas City Chiefs season|
|Head coach||Hank Stram|
|Home field||Municipal Stadium|
|Division place||2nd AFL Western|
|Playoff finish||Lost Western Division playoff game (Raiders) 41–6|
The 1968 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with a 12–2 record, resulting in a tie for first place in the AFL Western Division. The Chiefs and Oakland Raiders both finished with 12–2 records in the same division, but the Raiders won the championship in a tiebreaker playoff (defeating the Chiefs 41–6 Western Division playoff game).
A debate raged in Kansas City whether the club’s new stadium should be built downtown or at a “remote” location. A location in Eastern Jackson County was chosen as the site and groundbreaking ceremonies took place in July with plans calling for a unique “rolling roof” design.
The 1968 Chiefs boasted one of the finest defenses ever assembled by the club, allowing an AFL record (and still franchise-low) 170 points, or 12.1 points per game. The nucleus of the defensive unit was clearly in its prime, producing six AFL All-Stars, including all three of the squad’s linebackers.
Offensively, quarterback Len Dawson led the AFL in passing for the fourth time. Guard Ed Budde won the AFL Offensive Player of the Week award for the October 20 game against the Raiders. It was the first time the award was given to a interior lineman.
The Chiefs began the season with a 7–1 record and rattled off five straight victories to close the regular season at 12–2, sharing the AFL Western Division crown with the Oakland Raiders and setting up an AFL Western Division Playoff Game. Kansas City lost a 41–6 decision at Oakland on December 22 as the Raiders advanced to the AFL Championship Game against the New York Jets. The loss to Oakland was a major event in the Chiefs' rivalry with the Raiders, one of the NFL's most storied feuds.
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|1||September 10, 1968||at Houston Oilers||W 26–21|| |
|2||September 15, 1968||New York Jets||L 20-19|| |
|3||September 22, 1968||Denver Broncos||W 34–2|| |
|4||September 28, 1968||at Miami Dolphins||W 48–3|| |
|5||October 5, 1968||at Buffalo Bills||W 18–7|| |
|6||October 13, 1968||Cincinnati Bengals||W 13–3|| |
|7||October 20, 1968||Oakland Raiders||W 24–10|| |
|8||October 27, 1968||San Diego Chargers||W 27–20|| |
|9||November 3, 1968||at Oakland Raiders||L 38–21|| |
|10||November 10, 1968||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 16-9|| |
|11||November 17, 1968||Boston Patriots||W 31-17|| |
|13||November 28, 1968||Houston Oilers||W 24-10|| |
|14||December 8, 1968||at San Diego Chargers||W 40–3|| |
|15||December 14, 1968||at Denver Broncos||W 30–7|| |
|Kansas City Chiefs||12||2||0||.857||371||170|
|San Diego Chargers||9||5||0||.643||382||310|
- A tie in the Western Division standings necessitated a Western Division playoff game
Western Division playoff
- OAK – Biletnikoff 24 pass from Lamonica (Blanda kick)
- OAK – Wells 23 pass from Lamonica (Blanda kick)
- OAK – Biletnikoff 44 pass from Lamonica (Blanda kick)
- KC – Field goal Stenerud 10
- KC – Field goal Stenerud 8
- OAK – Biletnikoff 54 pass from Lamonica (Blanda kick)
- OAK – Wells 35 pass from Lamonica (Blanda kick)
- OAK – Field goal Blanda 41
- OAK – Field goal Blanda 40