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History shows a 3-0 start would mean a lot for the Chiefs

Updated: 2013-09-19T03:46:43Z

By RANDY COVITZ

The Kansas City Star

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.

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.

To reach Randy Covitz, call 816-234-4796 or send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/randycovitz.

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