1997 Kansas City Chiefs season

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1997 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coach Marty Schottenheimer
Home field Arrowhead Stadium
Record 13–3
Division place 1st AFC West
Playoff finish Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 14–10
Pro Bowlers WR Andre Rison
FB Kimble Anders
G Will Shields
LB Derrick Thomas
CB Dale Carter
CB James Hasty

The 1997 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 38th season in the National Football League, and the 28th overall.

The Chiefs finished with a 13–3 record and as AFC West division champions. The season is best remembered for the Rich GannonElvis Grbac quarterback controversy [1] which brewed throughout the entire season and arguably cost the Chiefs a victory in the playoffs. The Chiefs were beaten by division rival and eventual Super Bowl champions, the Denver Broncos, in the 1998 playoffs. 1997 was the final season that the Chiefs would appear in the playoffs during the 1990s and for the next several seasons, they fell out of contention. They would return to the playoffs in 2003.

This was the last season that Marty Schottenheimer would coach the team into the playoffs, with the loss to Denver in the Divisional round 14-10 capping off many years of disappointing playoff losses. This was also the final season for future Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen. Many conspiracy theorists have alleged the Chiefs Broncos 1997 divisional game was rigged by the NFL to insure John Elway made the super bowl in his twighlight years of his career. It's also worth noting the Broncos violated the cap this season.


NFL draft

1997 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 13 Tony Gonzalez *  Tight end California
2 47 Kevin Lockett  Wide receiver Kansas State
4 110 Pat Barnes  Quarterback California
6 163 June Henley  Running back Kansas
6 195 Isaac Byrd  Wide receiver Kansas
7 214 Nathan Parks  Offensive tackle Stanford
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career




1997 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Founder – Lamar Hunt
  • Chairman of the Board – Jack Steadman
  • President/General Manager/Chief Executive Officer – Carl Peterson
  • Executive Vice President/Assistant General Manager – Dennis Thum
  • Administrative Assistant to the Head Coach – Russ Ball

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Mike Stock
  • Assistant Special Teams – Woodrow Lowe

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Dave Redding
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Roberto Parker


1997 Kansas City Chiefs roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Rookies in italics


Week Opponent Result Game site TV Time Attendance
1 at Denver Broncos L 3–19 Mile High Stadium NBC 4:15pm
2 at Oakland Raiders W 28–27 Network Associates Coliseum ABC 9:00pm
3 Buffalo Bills W 22–16 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 1:00pm
4 at Carolina Panthers W 35–14 Bank of America Stadium NBC 1:00pm
5 Seattle Seahawks W 20–17 OT Arrowhead Stadium NBC 4:15pm
6 at Miami Dolphins L 14–17 Pro Player Stadium NBC 1:00pm
7 Bye
8 San Diego Chargers W 31–3 Arrowhead Stadium TNT 8:00pm
9 at St. Louis Rams W 28–20 Edward Jones Dome NBC 1:00pm
10 Pittsburgh Steelers W 13–10 Arrowhead Stadium ABC 9:00pm
11 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 14–24 Alltel Stadium NBC 1:00pm
12 Denver Broncos W 24–22 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 1:00pm
13 at Seattle Seahawks W 19–14 Kingdome NBC 4:15pm
14 San Francisco 49ers W 44–9 Arrowhead Stadium FOX 1:00pm
15 Oakland Raiders W 30–0 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 1:00pm
16 at San Diego Chargers W 29–7 Qualcomm Stadium NBC 4:15pm
17 New Orleans Saints W 25–13 Arrowhead Stadium FOX 1:00pm


AFC West
(1) Kansas City Chiefs 13 3 0 .813 375 232 W6
(4) Denver Broncos 12 4 0 .750 472 287 W1
Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 .500 365 362 W2
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 324 419 L5
San Diego Chargers 4 12 0 .250 266 425 L8


1998 playoffs
Denver Broncos L 10–14 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 4:15pm

Game summary

AFC Divisional Playoff: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 7 0 7 14
Chiefs 0 0 10 0 10

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: January 4, 1998
  • Game time: 2:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 30°F, relative humidity 91°F, round (wind) 11 MPH
  • TV: ABC
  • Boxscore [1]
Game information

See also


  1. ^ Gretz, Bob. Quarterbacks and controversy Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. KCChiefs.com, November 1, 2006
  2. ^ "1997 Kansas City Chiefs draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
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