2012 Kansas City Chiefs Season
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2012 Kansas City Chiefs Season

2012 Kansas City Chiefs season
OwnerThe Hunt family
Head coachRomeo Crennel
General managerScott Pioli
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place4th AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB Jamaal Charles
LB Tamba Hali
LB Justin Houston
LB Derrick Johnson
S Eric Berry
P Dustin Colquitt
Team MVPJamaal Charles
Team ROYDontari Poe
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The 2012 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 43rd season in the National Football League, the 53rd overall and the first and only full season under head coach Romeo Crennel, who served as the interim head coach for the final three games of the 2011 season following Todd Haley's termination. The Chiefs failed to rebound from their 7-9 record in 2011, and were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 12. Although sharing the same 2-14 record as the Jacksonville Jaguars for the worst record of the season, the Chiefs were statistically the worst team overall, and thereby "earned" the right to the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Perhaps the only bright moment for the Chiefs this season was rallying from a big 24-6 deficit against the New Orleans Saints during their season. The Chiefs went 0-12 against AFC opponents in 2012 and their only wins of the season were against NFC teams, against Carolina and New Orleans. In 2017, ESPN.com named the 2012 season the Chiefs worst season in franchise history.[1]

Low points

The 2012 team tied the 1977 (2-12) and 2008 (2-14) teams for the franchise worst seasons in terms of fewest wins.

They tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the NFL's worst record. The Chiefs had the #1 pick in the 2013 National Football League Draft based on strength of schedule.[2] It is the 2nd time in franchise history the Chiefs have had the #1 pick.[3]

Kansas City suffered from quarterback controversy all season and tied with the Arizona Cardinals for most interceptions (20) with Matt Cassel throwing 12 and his late season replacement Brady Quinn throwing 8.[4] The Chiefs had the worst record in the NFL in offensive passing.[5]

The Chiefs also lost 17 fumbles giving them 37 giveaways - tied for worst in the NFL with the New York Jets and Philadelphia[6] and tying with Philadelphia for the NFL's worst giveaway/takeaway differential with -24.[7]

Season low points included:

  • Starting the season tying the 1929 record of Buffalo Bisons for most games without ever leading in regulation time (8 games). The Chiefs had rallied in week 3 against the Saints to tie the game in regulation and then won in overtime 27-24 but had never led until the overtime final. The Chiefs broke the streak in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers when they led 10-0 in the second quarter before losing the game 16-13 in overtime. The Chiefs had had a bye in Week 7.[8]
  • In Week 4, the Chiefs had six turnovers in a loss to San Diego.[9]
  • An Offensive Lineman claimed Kansas City hometown fans cheered the injury of quarterback Matt Cassel in a Week 5 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, however fans claim it was because Brady Quinn was seen coming onto the field and were cheering for him.[10][11]
  • Fans formed the "Save Our Chiefs" organization. They wore black to games to protest and hired an airplane to fly over Arrowhead Stadium on game days towing a banner that read, "Restore Hope: Fire Pioli."[12]
  • When asked why running back Jamaal Charles carried the ball only 5 times in a week 8 loss to the Oakland Raiders, Romeo Crennel responded "Now, that I'm not exactly sure, either." [13]
  • On December 1, 2012, Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend at their home before driving to the Chiefs' practice facility and committing suicide in front of general manager Scott Pioli and Head Coach Romeo Crennel.
  • In Week 15, the Chiefs didn't have a first down until the third quarter in a loss against Oakland.[14]
  • In Week 16, the team rushed for a franchise record of 352 yards against the Colts and still lost the game.[15]
  • In Week 17, the Chiefs matched the 1981 Baltimore Colts season record of losing 9 games by 14 points or more in one season as the Chiefs lost to Denver.[3]


Highlights of the season included:

  • The Chiefs won the home game 27-21 against the Carolina Panthers the day after the Belcher suicide at the stadium complex in Week 13. The victory snapped the Chiefs 8-game losing streak.
  • Jamaal Charles rushing was the main bright spot of the team.[16] Charles tied an NFL record for players with single play rushes of 80 yards or more (3) held by Chris Johnson and Barry Sanders. Charles ran for touchdowns of 91 yards in Week 3 against the Saints, 80 yards on the first play of the game in Week 14 against Cleveland and 84 yards on the first play of the second half in Week 16 against Indianapolis. He also tied Larry Johnson for franchise record of two 200+ yard games in one season with his games versus the Saints and Colts.[17] Charles in the Colts game officially broke Jim Brown's NFL record for yards per carry when he averaged 5.82 yards on 770 attempts through the Colts game (compared with Brown's 5.22 yards on 2,359 attempts). To qualify for the career record a player had to have 750 attempts.[18] Charles ended the season as the NFL's 4th leading rusher (behind Adrian Peterson of Minnesota, Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins and Marshawn Lynch of Seattle. Minnesota, Washington and Seattle went to the NFL playoffs. Charles ranked 28th in the season in rushing touchdowns (5). The Chiefs as a team ranked 5th in rushing.[19][20]
  • The Chiefs had six players on the 2013 Pro Bowl team (Eric Berry, strong safety; Jamaal Charles, running back; Justin Houston, outside linebacker (not on the initial list but invited subsequently following an injury to another player in the bowl); Dustin Colquitt, punter; Tamba Hali, outside linebacker; Derrick Johnson, inside/middle linebacker). Berry and Hali were designated starters. Only 4 NFL teams had more pro bowl picks. (San Francisco (9), Houston (8), New England (7) and the Minnesota Vikings (7) ). Those teams made the playoffs.[21]

Roster changes

Free agency


Kansas City Chiefs Free Agency
Position Player Status* 2011 Team 2012 Team
CB Mikail Baker UFA St. Louis Rams Kansas City Chiefs
RB Jackie Battle UFA Kansas City Chiefs San Diego Chargers
TE Anthony Becht UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
LB Jovan Belcher RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
TE Kevin Boss UFA Oakland Raiders Kansas City Chiefs
WR Dwayne Bowe UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
CB Brandon Carr UFA Kansas City Chiefs Dallas Cowboys
CB Travis Daniels UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
DE Wallace Gilberry UFA Kansas City Chiefs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NT Amon Gordon UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
NT Kelly Gregg UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
LB Cory Greenwood ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
RB Peyton Hillis UFA Cleveland Browns Kansas City Chiefs
RB Thomas Jones UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
S Reshard Langford UFA Kansas City Chiefs Detroit Lions
FB LeRon McClain UFA Kansas City Chiefs San Diego Chargers
S Jon McGraw UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
OT Ryan O'Callaghan UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
TE Jake O'Connell RFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
QB Kyle Orton UFA Kansas City Chiefs Dallas Cowboys
QB Tyler Palko UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
S Sabby Piscitelli UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
DE Ropati Pitoitua UFA New York Jets Kansas City Chiefs
TE Leonard Pope UFA Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers
QB Brady Quinn UFA Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs
CB Jacques Reeves UFA Free Agent Kansas City Chiefs
OT Barry Richardson UFA Kansas City Chiefs St. Louis Rams
CB Stanford Routt UFA Oakland Raiders Kansas City Chiefs
WR Jerheme Urban UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
C Casey Wiegmann UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
OT Eric Winston UFA Houston Texans Kansas City Chiefs
*RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, Franchise: Franchise tag


2012 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 11 Dontari Poe *  DT Memphis
2 44 Jeff Allen  OT Illinois
3 74 Donald Stephenson  OT Oklahoma
4 107 Devon Wylie  WR Fresno St
5 146 DeQuan Menzie  CB Alabama
6 182 Cyrus Gray  RB Texas A&M
7 218 Jerome Long  DT San Diego St
7 238 Junior Hemingway  WR Michigan Pick from NE[a]
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career
^[a] Acquired via trade with the New England Patriots for S Jarrad Page.


Final roster



Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 August 10 Arizona Cardinals W 27-17 1-0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 August 18 at St. Louis Rams L 17-31 1-1 Edward Jones Dome Recap
3 August 24 Seattle Seahawks L 14-44 1-2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
4 August 30 at Green Bay Packers L 3-24 1-3 Lambeau Field Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 September 9 Atlanta Falcons L 24-40 0-1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 September 16 at Buffalo Bills L 17-35 0-2 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
3 September 23 at New Orleans Saints W 27-24 (OT) 1-2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
4 September 30 San Diego Chargers L 20-37 1-3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
5 October 7 Baltimore Ravens L 6-9 1-4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
6 October 14 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10-38 1-5 Raymond James Stadium Recap
7 Bye
8 October 28 Oakland Raiders L 16-26 1-6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 November 1 at San Diego Chargers L 13-31 1-7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
10 November 12 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 13-16 (OT) 1-8 Heinz Field Recap
11 November 18 Cincinnati Bengals L 6-28 1-9 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
12 November 25 Denver Broncos L 9-17 1-10 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
13 December 2 Carolina Panthers W 27-21 2-10 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
14 December 9 at Cleveland Browns L 7-30 2-11 Cleveland Browns Stadium Recap
15 December 16 at Oakland Raiders L 0-15 2-12 O.co Coliseum Recap
16 December 23 Indianapolis Colts L 13-20 2-13 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
17 December 30 at Denver Broncos L 3-38 2-14 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Against the Atlanta Falcons, the Kansas City Chiefs were behind early in the first quarter when Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Julio Jones to lead 7-0. The Chiefs answered with a 39-yard field goal from Ryan Succop to make it 7-3. The Falcons scored on their next drive with a 34-yard field goal from Matt Bryant to extend their lead 10-3. In the second quarter, Matt Cassel threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kevin Boss to tie the game at 10-10. Matt Ryan and the Falcons took the lead again with a 14-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Julio Jones to go up 17-10. Matt Cassel scored on a 5-yard rushing touchdown on the Chiefs next possession to make the score tied again at 17-17. The Falcons just managed to extend their lead before halftime with a 21-yard field goal by Matt Bryant to lead 20-17 coming into the half.

In the third quarter, Matt Ryan scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to make it 27-17. Shortly afterward, Matt Ryan tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tony Gonzalez to further extend their lead 34-17. In the fourth quarter, the Atlanta falcons scored twice on field goals of 30 and 41 yards by Matt Bryant to lead 40-17. Late in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs scored on a 4-yard run by running back Shaun Draughn.[] The final score of this game is 24-40 as the Kansas City Chiefs fall to 0-1

Week 2: at Buffalo Bills

In the first quarter, the Buffalo Bills scored first with a 17-yard rushing touchdown by running back C. J. Spiller to lead 7-0. In the second quarter, the Bills scored again with a 5-yard rushing touchdown by C. J. Spiller to lead 14-0. The Bills continued to extend their lead when quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Scott Chandler to lead 21-0 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Chiefs finally scored with a 33-yard field goal by Ryan Succop to make it 3-21. The Bills answered with a 49-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to wide receiver Stevie Johnson to make the score 28-3. The Bills continued to dominate with an 88-yard punt return touchdown by Leodis McKelvin to lead 35-3. In the fourth quarter, the Chiefs finally got going with Matt Cassel throwing a 33-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to make the score 10-35. The Chiefs managed to score again with Matt Cassel throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.[] The Chiefs fantastic effort in the fourth quarter was not enough, the final score is 17-35 as the Chiefs fall to 0-2.

Week 3: at New Orleans Saints

With the win, the Chiefs improved to 1-2.

Week 4: vs. San Diego Chargers

With the loss, the Chiefs fell to 1-3.

Week 5: vs. Baltimore Ravens

In a game with all field goals, the heavily favored 3-1 Baltimore Ravens won a surprisingly hard-fought match, and a heartbreaker for Kansas City. With the loss, the Chiefs fell to 1-4.

Week 6: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the loss, the Chiefs went into their bye week at 1-5.

Week 8: vs. Oakland Raiders

With the loss, the Chiefs fell to 1-6. The loss made Kansas City the first team since the 1929 Buffalo Bisons team to play seven games without leading in regulation.[24]

Week 9: at San Diego Chargers

With the loss, the Chiefs fell to 1-7 and were swept by the Chargers for the first time since 2009.[] Kansas City now holds the NFL record of not leading at any point during regulation at eight games.[]

Week 10: at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Chiefs led for the first time all season in this game with a first-quarter touchdown which gave them the lead 7-0.[25] After relinquishing the lead, the Chiefs tied the game at 13-13 at the end of regulation to force overtime. However, despite the fact that they got the ball in overtime, QB Matt Cassel was picked off by Lamarr Woodley and the ball was returned to the Chiefs' 5-Yard line setting up the game-winning field goal for the Steelers as the Chiefs lost the game 16-13 and their record dropped to 1-8.[]

Week 11: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

This would be the second time all season that the Chiefs would lead a game as they kicked for the first 3 points off of a 34-yard field goal from Ryan Succop.[] However, the Bengals' defense shut the Chiefs down as the Chiefs dropped to 1-9 and 0-5 in home games. The Chiefs who had 31 giveaways on the season would eventually end up with only 6 giveaways for the remainder of the season.

Week 12: vs. Denver Broncos

With the loss, the Chiefs dropped to 1-10. Coupled with wins from the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts, the Chiefs were officially eliminated from postseason contention.

Week 13: vs. Carolina Panthers

Before the game, tragedy struck the Chiefs as linebacker Jovan Belcher committed suicide after the shooting of his girlfriend the day before. Snapping a home losing skid of their own, the Chiefs won at Arrowhead for the first time since they robbed the Green Bay Packers of a perfect regular season during Week 15 of the 2011 season by snapping the latter's 19-game winning streak.[]

The Chiefs improved to 2-10 with the surprising win, ending the possibility of the 2012 Chiefs becoming the first team since the 2007 Miami Dolphins to only win 1 game in overtime and lose the rest of them.

Week 14: at Cleveland Browns

With the loss, the Chiefs fell to 2-11.

Week 15: at Oakland Raiders

The Chiefs fell to 2-12 after being shutout only for the second time against the Raiders in team history. Because the Raiders (4-10) swept the Chiefs, Kansas City clinched fourth-place in the AFC West for the second straight year.

Week 16: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week 17: at Denver Broncos

With the loss, the Chiefs finished the season 2-14, tied for worst with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but received the 1st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft due to losing a tiebreaker based on a better conference record.


AFC West
(1)Denver Broncos 13 3 0 .813 6-0 10-2 481 289 W11
San Diego Chargers 7 9 0 .438 4-2 7-5 350 350 W2
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 2-4 4-8 290 443 L2
Kansas City Chiefs 2 14 0 .125 0-6 0-12 211 425 L4


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