2013 Kansas City Chiefs Season
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2013 Kansas City Chiefs Season

2013 Kansas City Chiefs season
OwnerThe Hunt family
Head coachAndy Reid
General managerJohn Dorsey[1]
Home fieldArrowhead Stadium
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (at Colts) 44-45
Pro BowlersQB Alex Smith
RB Jamaal Charles
T Branden Albert
CB Brandon Flowers
LB Tamba Hali
LB Derrick Johnson
LB Justin Houston
S Eric Berry
DT Dontari Poe
PR Dexter McCluster
Team MVPJamaal Charles
Team ROYMarcus Cooper
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The 2013 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 54th season and the first under the head coach/general manager tandem of Andy Reid and John Dorsey. After their 26-16 defeat of the Philadelphia Eagles in week 3, the Chiefs beat their 2-game win total from 2012. After defeating the New York Giants 31-7 in week 4, the Chiefs became the first team in NFL history to win 2 or fewer games in the previous season, and win the first 4 games the next.[2] On October 13, 2013 against the Oakland Raiders, Chiefs fans broke the Guinness World Record for loudest crowd roar at an outdoor stadium[3] with 137.6 decibels.[4]Seattle Seahawks fans later reclaimed the record on December 2, 2013, with a roar of 137.6 decibels.[5] After the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Denver Broncos in week 7, the Chiefs were the final undefeated team in the NFL. They were the first team in NFL history to earn the number one draft pick and be the last undefeated team in consecutive years.[6]

The Chiefs clinched a playoff berth, but lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card round of the playoffs by a score of 45-44, after blowing a 38-10 second half lead, extending an 8-game playoff losing streak dating back to the 1993 season, the longest in NFL history, until it was broken by the Detroit Lions.[7]

Roster changes


Position Player/Pick Received Team Compensation
QB Alex Smith San Francisco 49ers 2013 2nd round draft pick
2014 2nd round draft pick
FB Anthony Sherman Arizona Cardinals CB Javier Arenas
WR A. J. Jenkins San Francisco 49ers WR Jon Baldwin
N/A 2014 6th Round draft pick Dallas Cowboys LB Edgar Jones
2014 7th Round draft pick


Free agency

Position Player Status* 2012 Team 2013 Team
FS Husain Abdullah UFA None Kansas City Chiefs
CB Vince Agnew UFA Dallas Cowboys Kansas City Chiefs
OT Branden Albert UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
WR Donnie Avery UFA Indianapolis Colts Kansas City Chiefs
WR Dwayne Bowe UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
P Dustin Colquitt UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
QB Chase Daniel UFA New Orleans Saints Kansas City Chiefs
LB Travis Daniels UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
LB Zac Diles UFA Tennessee Titans Kansas City Chiefs
DE Mike DeVito UFA New York Jets Kansas City Chiefs
DE Glenn Dorsey UFA Kansas City Chiefs San Francisco 49ers
C Tommie Draheim UFA GB / Sea / NE / Jax Kansas City Chiefs
SS Abram Elam UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
TE Anthony Fasano UFA Miami Dolphins Kansas City Chiefs
LS Thomas Gafford UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
RB Peyton Hillis UFA Kansas City Chiefs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OL Russ Hochstein UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
LB Akeem Jordan UFA Philadelphia Eagles Kansas City Chiefs
LB Edgar Jones UFA Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs
LB Chad Kilgore UFA Oakland Raiders Kansas City Chiefs
LB Austen Lane UFA Jacksonville Jaguars Kansas City Chiefs
LB Orie Lemon UFA Dallas Cowboys Kansas City Chiefs
G Ryan Lilja UFA Kansas City Chiefs Denver Broncos
TE Steve Maneri ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Chicago Bears
C Bryan Mattison ERFA Kansas City Chiefs None
SS Kyle McCarthy ERFA Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders
TE Jake O'Connell UFA Kansas City Chiefs Denver Broncos
DE Ropati Pitoitua UFA Kansas City Chiefs Tennessee Titans
QB Brady Quinn UFA Kansas City Chiefs Seattle Seahawks
OT Matt Reynolds UFA Philadelphia Eagles Kansas City Chiefs
CB Dunta Robinson UFA Atlanta Falcons Kansas City Chiefs
TE Martin Rucker RFA Kansas City Chiefs None
OT Geoff Schwartz UFA Minnesota Vikings Kansas City Chiefs
LB Brandon Siler UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
DL Shaun Smith UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
CB Sean Smith UFA Miami Dolphins Kansas City Chiefs
LB Leon Williams UFA Kansas City Chiefs None
LB Frank Zombo UFA Green Bay Packers Kansas City Chiefs
*RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, Franchise: Franchise tag


2013 Kansas City Chiefs draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 1 Eric Fisher *  OT Central Michigan
3 63 Travis Kelce *  TE Cincinnati
3 96 Knile Davis  RB Arkansas Compensatory
4 99 Nico Johnson  LB Alabama
5 134 Sanders Commings  CB Georgia
6 170 Eric Kush  C California (PA)
6 204 Braden Wilson  FB Kansas State Compensatory
7 207 Mike Catapano  DE Princeton
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career


Undrafted free agents

Preseason cuts

Inseason Transactions


Position Player
CB Jalil Brown
LB Zac Diles
DT Jerrell Powe
WR Devon Wylie
LB Josh Martin
DT Anthony Toribio


Players with multiple transactions

This is a list of players who played for the Chiefs at some point during the season who were involved in more than one transaction during the season.

Position Player Final Status
S Bradley McDougald Claimed off waivers by
Tampa Bay
WR Chad Hall Free Agent


Final roster



Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 August 9 at New Orleans Saints L 13-17 0-1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
2 August 16 San Francisco 49ers L 13-15 0-2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 August 24 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 26-20 (OT) 1-2 Heinz Field Recap
4 August 29 Green Bay Packers W 30-8 2-2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 September 8 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 28-2 1-0 EverBank Field Recap
2 September 15 Dallas Cowboys W 17-16 2-0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 September 19 at Philadelphia Eagles W 26-16 3-0 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
4 September 29 New York Giants W 31-7 4-0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
5 October 6 at Tennessee Titans W 26-17 5-0 LP Field Recap
6 October 13 Oakland Raiders W 24-7 6-0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
7 October 20 Houston Texans W 17-16 7-0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
8 October 27 Cleveland Browns W 23-17 8-0 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 November 3 at Buffalo Bills W 23-13 9-0 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
10 Bye
11 November 17 at Denver Broncos L 17-27 9-1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
12 November 24 San Diego Chargers L 38-41 9-2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
13 December 1 Denver Broncos L 28-35 9-3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
14 December 8 at Washington Redskins W 45-10 10-3 FedExField Recap
15 December 15 at Oakland Raiders W 56-31 11-3 O.co Coliseum Recap
16 December 22 Indianapolis Colts L 7-23 11-4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
17 December 29 at San Diego Chargers L 24-27 (OT) 11-5 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.


Playoff round Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
Wild Card January 4, 2014 at Indianapolis Colts (4) L 44-45 0-1 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap

Game summaries

Regular season

Week 1: at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Chiefs started their 2013 season on the road against the Jaguars. The Jags scored a safety when J.T. Thomas blocked a punt in the end zone giving them a 2-0 lead. The Chiefs took the lead as Alex Smith found Donnie Avery on a 5-yard touchdown pass for a 7-2 lead. This was followed up by Smith finding Junior Hemingway on a 3-yard pass sending the game to a 14-2 game. In the 2nd quarter, the Chiefs continued to dominate as Jamaal Charles ran for a 2-yard touchdown giving the team a 21-2 halftime lead. After a scoreless 3rd quarter, the Chiefs scored the only points of the 2nd half in the 4th quarter when Tamba Hail returned an interception 10 yards for a touchdown.

The Chiefs beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-2, the first time in NFL history a game ended with that score.[9] It was also the first time in 20 years a team scored 2 points during a regular season game. The Jaguars crossed the 50 yard line once but failed to score. The Jaguars only score came when a blocked punt that went out of the end zone.

With the win, the Chiefs started 1-0.

Week 2: vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Chiefs made their regular season debut at home against the Cowboys. They would score first as Jamaal Charles caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith for a 7-0 lead. The Boys got on the board as Dan Bailey kicked a 51-yard field goal for a 7-3 game followed up by Tony Romo and Dez Bryant hooking up on a 2-yard pass for a 10-7 lead. With the 2nd quarter being scoreless, the Boys gradually held on to the lead.

In the 3rd quarter, Bailey nailed a 30-yard field goal to increase their lead 13-7. However, the Chiefs retook the lead as Smith found Dwayne Bowe on a 12-yard pass making the score 14-13. In the 4th quarter, the Chiefs increased their lead as Ryan Succop nailed a 40-yard field goal for a 17-13 lead. The Boys then tried to rally late, but came up a point short when Bailey kicked a 53-yard field goal as the Chiefs won the game 17-16 sending them to their first 2-0 start since 2010.

Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles

After a close call win at home, the Chiefs traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in a TNF duel. The Chiefs started their scoring when Ryan Succop kicked a 33-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. This was followed by Eric Berry returning an interception 38 yards for a touchdown for a 10-0 lead. The Eagles managed to get on the board later on in the quarter when Michael Vick found Jason Avant on a 22-yard touchdown pass (with a failed PAT) making the score 10-6. The Chiefs continued to dominate as Succop kicked 2 field goals increasing his teams lead from 7 to eventually 10 points with field goals from 31 and 34 yards out 13-6 and 16-6 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter, the Eagles managed to rally coming within 7 points as Alex Henery kicked a 29-yard field goal for the only score of the quarter. The Chiefs pulled away as Jamaal Charles ran for a 3-yard touchdown for a 23-9 lead. The Eagles then would fire back as LeSean McCoy ran for a touchdown from 41-yards out once again coming within 7 23-16. With Succop's 38-yard field goal, the Chiefs were able to seal the game with a final score of 26-16 sending them to a 3-0 start, their first such start since 2010. This was also head coach Andy Reid's first visit to Philadelphia since he was fired by the organization a season earlier. Reid served as the Eagles head coach from 1999-2012.

Week 4: vs. New York Giants

After a win over the Eagles, the Chiefs returned home for a game against the Giants. After a scoreless 1st quarter, they got on the board as Alex Smith found Sean McGrath on a 5-yard pass for a 7-0 lead. The Giants managed to tie the game up as Eli Manning found Victor Cruz on a 69-yard pass making the score 7-7. Ryan Succop then kicked a 51-yard field goal to send the Chiefs to a 10-7 halftime lead.

In the 2nd half, the Chiefs dominated as Dexter McCluster would run a punt back 89 yards for a touchdown increasing their lead to 17-7 for the only score of the 3rd quarter. In the 4th quarter, Alex Smith threw 2 more touchdown passes to Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe from 2 and 34 yards out that would eventually seal the game for them moving them up 24-7 before the final score sat at 31-7.

The win sent the Chiefs to their first 4-0 start since 2003.

Week 5: at Tennessee Titans

Kansas City jumped to 13-0 lead but by end of the third quarter, the Chiefs were trailing 17-13. But the Chiefs answered by scoring 13 unanswered points in the 4th quarter and won the game 26-17.

With the win, the team improved to 5-0, their first such start since 2003.

Week 6: vs. Oakland Raiders

The Chiefs improved to 6-0 after defeating the Oakland Raiders 24-7, and snapped a 6-game home losing streak to the Oakland Raiders dating back to the 2007 season. It was at this game that Arrowhead Stadium fans set a new Guinness World Record for loudest outdoor stadium in any sport.

It also featured the largest flyover with 42 planes.

Week 7: vs. Houston Texans

With the win, the Chiefs improved to 7-0 for the first time they would start a season with such a record since 2003. With the Broncos' loss to the Colts, they became the league's only undefeated team while they also became leader of the AFC West.

Week 8: vs. Cleveland Browns

With the win, the Chiefs improved to 8-0 for the first time since 2003.

Week 9: at Buffalo Bills

With the win, the Chiefs went 9-0 heading into their bye week. It also gave them their first winning season since 2010 and first 9-0 start since 2003.

Week 11: at Denver Broncos

Against the Broncos in a battle of the 9-0 Chiefs and 8-1 Broncos, Denver wound up beating the Chiefs 27-17, handing the Chiefs their first loss. With the loss, the Chiefs fell to 9-1.

Week 12: vs. San Diego Chargers

San Diego triumphed in the highest-scoring matchup with Kansas City since a 42-41 loss in 1986. The game lead changed eight times as Alex Smith threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns, but Rivers (392 yards) won it in the final seconds on a 26-yard score to Seyi Ajirotutu. The loss was Kansas City's second straight after the Chiefs' nine-game winning streak.

Week 13: vs. Denver Broncos

Kansas City would lead 21-7 at one point, but the Broncos would come back to win 35-28 and sweep the Chiefs for the second straight season. With their third straight loss, the Chiefs fell to 9-3. They were the first 9-0 team in NFL history to lose 3 straight games following a 9-0 start.

Week 14: at Washington Redskins

The Chiefs would finally find their winning ways again, as they throttled the Redskins 45-10 and lead 38-10 at halftime. With the win, the Chiefs improved to 10-3.

Week 15: at Oakland Raiders

Jamal Charles would score 5 touchdowns for the Chiefs as they won 56-31 at Oakland. With the win, the Chiefs improved to 11-3.

Week 16: vs. Indianapolis Colts

In a preview of the Wild Card game between these 2 teams, the Chiefs lost to Indianapolis 23-7 despite leading 7-0 at one point. With the loss, the Chiefs fell to 11-4.

Week 17: at San Diego Chargers

With no Alex Smith playing due to Kansas City resting their starters for the playoffs, it was up to Chase Daniel to guide the Chiefs. Kansas City missed a field goal at the end of regulation. The Chargers would win in overtime on a field goal. With the loss, the Chiefs finished the regular season 11-5 and finished 2-4 against their division and 9-1 against the rest of the NFL.


AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: at #4 Indianapolis Colts



AFC West
(1)Denver Broncos 13 3 0 .813 5-1 9-3 606 399 W2
(5)Kansas City Chiefs 11 5 0 .688 2-4 7-5 430 305 L2
(6)San Diego Chargers 9 7 0 .563 4-2 6-6 396 348 W4
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 1-5 4-8 322 453 L6


Division winners
1 Denver Broncos West 13 3 0 .813 5-1 9-3 .469 .423 W2
2 New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4-2 9-3 .473 .427 W2
3[a] Cincinnati Bengals North 11 5 0 .688 3-3 8-4 .480 .494 W2
4 Indianapolis Colts South 11 5 0 .688 6-0 9-3 .484 .449 W3
Wild cards
5 Kansas City Chiefs West 11 5 0 .688 2-4 7-5 .445 .335 L2
6 San Diego Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 4-2 6-6 .496 .549 W4
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[b][c] Pittsburgh Steelers North 8 8 0 .500 4-2 6-6 .469 .441 W3
8[d] Baltimore Ravens North 8 8 0 .500 3-3 6-6 .484 .418 L2
9[e] New York Jets East 8 8 0 .500 3-3 5-7 .488 .414 W2
10 Miami Dolphins East 8 8 0 .500 2-4 7-5 .523 .523 L2
11 Tennessee Titans South 7 9 0 .438 2-4 6-6 .504 .375 W2
12 Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 3-3 5-7 .520 .500 L1
13[f][g] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1-5 4-8 .523 .359 L6
14[h] Jacksonville Jaguars South 4 12 0 .250 3-3 4-8 .504 .234 L3
15 Cleveland Browns North 4 12 0 .250 2-4 3-9 .516 .477 L7
16 Houston Texans South 2 14 0 .125 1-5 2-10 .559 .500 L14
  1. ^ Cincinnati defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 14, 42-28).
  2. ^ Pittsburgh finished with a better division record than Baltimore.
  3. ^ Pittsburgh defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 6, 19-6).
  4. ^ Baltimore defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 12, 19-3).
  5. ^ The New York Jets finished with a better division record than Miami.
  6. ^ Oakland and Jacksonville finished with a better conference record than Cleveland.
  7. ^ Oakland defeated Jacksonville head-to-head (Week 2, 19-9).
  8. ^ Jacksonville defeated Cleveland head-to-head (Week 13, 32-28).
  9. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.


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