1976 Kansas City Chiefs season

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1976 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachPaul Wiggin
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
Record5–9
Division place3rd AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Timeline
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1976 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coachPaul Wiggin
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Results
Record5–9
Division place3rd AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Timeline
Previous seasonNext season
< 19751977 >

The 1976 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with a third consecutive 5–9 record and no playoff berth.

Buck Buchanan announced his retirement in February, while Len Dawson announced his own departure on May 1.[1] Off the field, Jack Steadman was promoted to team president and Jim Schaaf was named general manager in August.[1] On the field, Kansas City’s fortunes didn’t improve in the second year of the Wiggin regime. The club dropped three straight home games, including an embarrassing 27–17 loss in week three to the New Orleans Saints, the first win with the Saints for former Kansas City coach Hank Stram (who refused to shake hands with Wiggin following the game and rode off on the shoulders of his players as he did after the Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl IV) before suffering a 50–17 setback at Buffalo on October 3, opening the season at 0–4 for the first time in team history.[1] The team registered a 3–1 record during a successful midseason stretch, but like most of the previous seasons, could not maintain that momentum.[1]

After lingering in Len Dawson’s shadow for eight seasons, Mike Livingston was firmly entrenched as the team’s starting quarterback,[1] becoming the first QB to start every regular season game since Dawson in 1968. Although Livingston played well and rallied the squad for wins in two of the season’s final three games, the Chiefs still ended the year with their third consecutive 5–9 record.[1] Running back MacArthur Lane was the club’s top offensive threat, becoming the only player at the time in franchise history to lead the league in receptions (66).

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

RoundPickPlayerPositionSchool/Club Team

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

WeekDateOpponentResultAttendance
1September 12, 1976San Diego ChargersL 30–16
53,133
2September 20, 1976Oakland RaidersL 24–21
60,884
3September 26, 1976New Orleans SaintsL 27–17
53,918
4October 3, 1976at Buffalo BillsL 50–17
51,909
5October 10, 1976at Washington RedskinsW 33–30
53,060
6October 17, 1976at Miami DolphinsW 20–17
43,325
7October 24, 1976Denver BroncosL 35–26
57,961
8October 31, 1976at Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 28–19
41,779
9November 7, 1976Pittsburgh SteelersL 45–0
71,516
10November 14, 1976at Oakland RaidersL 21–10
48,259
11November 21, 1976Cincinnati BengalsL 27–24
46,259
12November 28, 1976at San Diego ChargersW 23–20
29,272
13December 5, 1976at Denver BroncosL 17–16
58,170
14December 12, 1976Cleveland BrownsW 39–14
34,340

Standings[edit]

AFC West
WLTPCTDIVCONFPFPA
Oakland Raiders(1)1310.9297–010–1350237
Denver Broncos950.6435–27–5315206
San Diego Chargers680.4292–54–8248285
Kansas City Chiefs590.3572–54–8290376
Tampa Bay Buccaneers0140.0000–40–13125412

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