The Chiefs take a 2-0 record into Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles and have a chance to go 3-0 for the first time since 2010, the second time since 2003 and just the eighth time in franchise history.
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
Of the seven previous times the Chiefs started 3-0, they made the playoffs six times. The only exception was 1996, when they started 4-0 and finished 9-7.
They would have made the playoffs that season had Atlanta’s Morten Andersen, the most prolific kicker in NFL history, missed a chip-shot field goal that gave Jacksonville the tie-breaker over the Chiefs for an AFC wild-card berth.
Since the current playoff format began in 1990, 86 of the 114 teams that have started 2-0 — or 75.4 percent — made the playoffs.
Of the eight teams that are 2-0, five are in the AFC — the Chiefs, Houston, Denver, Miami and New England.
Here’s how the Chiefs have fared after starting 3-0:
In 2010, the Chiefs started 3-0 and finished 10-6. They won the AFC West, but lost in a wild-card game. In 2003, Kansas City started 9-0 and finished 13-3. They were the AFC West champs but lost in the AFC Divisional round.
In 1996, the Chiefs started 4-0 but finished 9-7, missing the playoffs. In 1995, the Chiefs started 3-0 and finished 13-3. They were AFC West champs but lost in the AFC Divisional round.
In 1994, the Chiefs started 3-0 and finished 9-7, losing in a wild-card game. In 1966, the team started 3-0 and finished 11-2-1, winning the AFL championship but losing to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I. In 1962, Kansas City started 3-0 and finished 11-3, winning the AFL championship.