The Chiefs Best Records … Morning Cup O’Chiefs

Since the Dallas Texans walked on the field for their first game in September 1960, the franchise begun by Lamar Hunt has played 51 seasons, 794 regular season and post-season games and thousands of plays.

A handful of those performances in those plays, games and seasons rank as the most impressive statistical standards in the Chiefs record book.

We’ve picked out the seven most impressive records among the many noted performances in team history. They span nearly the entire 51 years that the Texans-Chiefs have played and cover offense, defense and special teams.

Why seven? That just happened to be the number we ended up with when separating the good from the very good, from the outstanding.

Here they are, ranked in order of their stature in our eyes.

#1: Most Consecutive Games, Started (since 1968) – 231, Will Shields, September 12, 1993 to January 6, 2007.

Sadly, there are not accurate details on the starting lineups for games over the first decade of play. If there were, what Shields did during his career would be even more remarkable. Joining the team as a third-round pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, Shields did not start the first game of his rookie season. But injuries forced him on the field for that game and the next week, against the Houston Oilers at the Astrodome, he started at right guard, between center Tim Grunhard and right tackle Ricky Siglar.

Shields would go on to start every Chiefs game through the AFC Wild Card Game in the 2006 NFL playoffs, a 23-8 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. That was 223 regular season games and eight post-season starts. In 14 seasons, he did not miss a single game.

The second most consecutive games started was 149 (144 regular season, 5 post-season) by CB Emmitt Thomas.

#2: Most Net Yards, Post-season Game – 350 yards, Ed Podolak, December 25, 1971.

The Christmas Day game was a turning point in the history of the Chiefs franchise. It was the last game played at Municipal Stadium. It was the last time that members of the Super Bowl Chiefs made the playoffs as the fortunes of the team took a turn towards mediocrity.

And it was one of the most memorable post-season performances in league history, turned in by RB Ed Podolak. In the double-overtime game, Podolak had 350 yards, more than any player in the history of the NFL has registered in a single game in the playoffs.

Against the Dolphins, he carried 17 times for 85 rushing yards, caught eight passes for 110 receiving yards and 155 yards, 2 punt returns for one yard and three kickoff returns for 154 yards. Podolak had 106 yards at half-time and 299 yards at the end of regulation.

His performance broke the record held by San Diego RB Keith Lincoln of 329 yards that was set against Boston in the 1963 AFL Championship Game.

#3: Most Sacks, Game – 7, OLB Derrick Thomas, November 11, 1990.

The sack became an official NFL statistic in 1982; sadly some of the totals of outstanding pass rushers from the history of the game are not included in the record book. That leaves out Hall of Famers like Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen, Mean Joe Greene and many others.

Since that ’82 season, no pass rusher turned in a performance on the level of D.T. on that Veteran’s Day 1990 at Arrowhead Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks. Thomas was unstoppable and dragged QB Dave Krieg to the ground time after time. Prior to that, the best pass rushing game in league annals belonged to Fred Dean, who had six sacks for San Francisco against New Orleans in November 1983.

Thomas would come back eight years later and match Dean’s six sacks with a half-dozen of his own against the Raiders in the 1998 season opener. Since he established the record at seven sacks, only Thomas and DE Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants have come close to equaling the mark. Umenyiora had six sacks in a 2007 game against Philadelphia.

#4: Most Touchdowns, Game – 5, RB Abner Haynes, November 26, 1961.

It was at the Cotton Bowl against the Oakland Raiders that Haynes established a franchise record that stands today – five touchdowns. In 769 games since that afternoon, no other member of the Texans/Chiefs has been able to match those five scores by Haynes. Not even Priest Holmes, who in those three seasons of 2001-02-03 when he was finding the end zone in record numbers. The most he managed in one game was four.

Haynes turned a short pass from QB Cotton Davidson into his first score, a 66-yard pass play down the left side. TD #2 was a five yard run over right tackle. TD #3 was a 1-yard dive over the middle of the Texans line. TD #4 was a 33-yard run over right tackle and TD #5 went to the left side for a 26-yard score.

In AFL-NFL history, only three players scored more than five TDs in a game. Ernie Nevers, Dub Jones and Gale Sayers all had six scores. Despite the increased scoring in the NFL over the last decade, Sayers was the last to score a half-dozen TDs and he did that in 1965. In the last 30 seasons, only five players have scored five TDs in a game. The last time was then Denver RB Clinton Portis against the Chiefs in December 2003.

#5: Most Consecutive Passes, None Intercepted – 233, Steve DeBerg, 1990.

In league history throwing 233 passes without an interception does not rank among major achievements by quarterbacks. But during the 1990 season when Steve DeBerg went that long without the other team catching the ball it ranked as one of the highlights of his long NFL career.

Consider that DeBerg threw 204 interceptions, including 50 for the Chiefs in 57 games that he played. Opponents never had trouble getting their hands on his throws.

But the 1990 season was different. With head coach Marty Schottenheimer and offensive coordinator Joe Pendry riding him hard about ball security and decision making, DeBerg had the season of his life. He threw just four interceptions that year on 444 passes and against 23 touchdowns. In his seasons as a full-time starting QB it was his fewest INTs. His passer rating that year was 96.3, while his career passer rating was 74.2.

#6: Most Receiving Yards, Game – 309, Stephone Paige, December 22, 1985.

When WR Stephone Paige was able to rack up 309 yards against the San Diego Chargers in the final game of the ’85 season, he broke a 40-year old NFL record for the most receiving yards in a game.

Paige was able to gain six more yards than Jim Benton of the Cleveland Rams did against Detroit on November 22, 1945. Paige and QBs Bill Kenney and Todd Blackledge hooked up eight times, including twice for touchdowns, one that went for 84 yards. He averaged 38.6 yards per catch.

In his season in the league, it was the first time that Paige had caught passes for more than 100 yards. He would do it nine more times before the end of his Chiefs career. He held the NFL record until 1989 when Flipper Anderson of the Los Angeles Rams ran up 336 yards in an overtime game against New Orleans. Despite the increase in passing over the last decade in the league, no other receiver has been able to reach those types of numbers in a single game.

#7: Most Opponents Punts Blocked, Career – 10, CB Albert Lewis, 1983-93.

As good as he was as a cover cornerback for the Chiefs in the 1980s and early 1990s; Albert Lewis was a better punt blocker. NFL records are quite incomplete on matters of blocked punts and kicks, but Lewis with 10 career blocked punts ranks among the best in the game’s history.

How dominating was Lewis over 11 seasons (1983-93) when it came to knocking down punts? The second best punt blocker in team history was SS Bernard Pollard with three in three seasons.

Lewis blocked four punts in 1990 and he had three in 1986. Of the 10 punt blocks, four ended up in the end zone as Chiefs touchdowns.

3 Responses to “The Chiefs Best Records … Morning Cup O’Chiefs”

  • June 2, 2011  - txchief says:

    All of these are awesome records. It is almost impossible to choose a favorite. I sure wish Derrick could have gotten sack number eight that day in Seattle. It was heartbreaking to see Krieg slip away to win the game.

  • June 2, 2011  - KC#9 says:

    Priest could have easily had 8 TDs that game if they hadn’t generously given 4 of them to Blaylock.

  • June 2, 2011  - paulkcc says:

    I would drop Shield’s record down to #3. Other than that I’d say excellent job. I remember all of them except Haynes’s. I doubt if anyone has ever walked away from a game with less left in his tank than Podolak did on that day. What an effort!

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