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Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl History: Wins, Losses, Appearances, and All-Time Record

The Kansas City Chiefs are one win away from Super Bowl LVII, and all that’s standing in their way is the Philadelphia Eagles.

Last Updated: Feb 12, 2023 1:06 PM ET Read Time: 4 min

The Kansas City Chiefs are well-known for appearing in the first Super Bowl, but the franchise has appeared in four Super Bowls in total.

Super Bowl LVII will mark their fifth appearance, and third with Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes running the show. 

Super Bowl odds may have them listed as slight underdogs, but here's a quick recap of the Chiefs' previous appearances in the Super Bowl. We also broke down the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl history

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The Kansas City Chiefs were established as 1-point favorites just minutes after the conclusion of their conference title clash with the Cincinnati Bengals, but early action forced NFL odds to adjust significantly. The Philadelphia Eagles are now 1.5-point favorites at most major sportsbooks. 

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Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl appearances

Season Opponent Outcome Score
1967 Packers Green Bay Packers Loss 35-10
1970 Vikings Minnesota Vikings Win 23-7
2020 49ers San Francisco 49ers Win 31-20
2021 Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers Loss 31-9

Super Bowl I: Packers vs Chiefs

This was the one that started it all, with the NFL champion Green Bay Packers being held as two-touchdown favorites over the Kansas City Chiefs, champs of the upstart American Football League.

The Super Bowl – then known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game – had humble beginnings. It was hastily thrown together weeks before it was set to take place, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum drew only 61,946 fans despite its maximum capacity of 94,500. That makes it the second-lowest attended Big Game behind only Super Bowl LV, held during the COVID-19 pandemic and capped at 25,000 spectators. 

Other departures from modern tradition include a halftime show comprising of marching bands, jetpack users, the release of balloons and pigeons, and the game being shown on two networks. Both CBS (home of the NFL) and NBC (home of the AFL) paid $1 million to air the game across the country, except in the L.A. area, which incurred a blackout. 

The game itself was close early on, with Green Bay leading only 14-10 at halftime. But Bart Starr and the Packers poured it on Len Dawson & Co. in the second half, walking away with a 35-10 triumph. 

Super Bowl IV: Vikings vs Chiefs

In the final Super Bowl before the AFL-NFL merger was officially completed, the Chiefs met the Vikings at Tulane Stadium, with Minnesota holding as a 12-point favorite.

Though the AFL’s New York Jets shocked the NFL’s Baltimore Colts for the junior league’s first victory in the Big Game just one year prior, the former association apparently still didn’t rate enough respect from bookmakers and bettors. Hank Stram’s Chiefs would help change that. 

Kansas City’s defense – led by Hall of Famers Bobby Bell, Willie Lanier, Johnny Robinson, Buck Buchanan, Emmitt Thomas, and Curley Culp – was ferocious in 1969, holding opponents to single-digit points in seven games prior to the Super Bowl. That includes the AFL Divisional Round (13-6 win over the Jets) and the Conference Championship (17-7 win over the Oakland Raiders). 

This unit had no mercy on the Vikings in Super Bowl IV, forcing five turnovers and holding Bud Grant’s squad to seven points in a 23-7 triumph. 

Dawson was named Super Bowl MVP with a relatively modest stat line of 12-for-17 with 142 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.

Super Bowl LIV: 49ers vs Chiefs

It would be 50 years before the Chiefs finally found their way back to the Super Bowl. Patrick Mahomes made sure the wait was worth it for their fans.

There was plenty of drama to start, with early momentum see-sawing to the tune of a 10-10 first half. The 49ers jumped out to a 20-10 lead in the third quarter and even picked off Mahomes as he tried to start a comeback. However, the “Magic Man” had been down this road before, staring 24-0 and 17-7 deficits down earlier in the postseason.

With 8:53 left in the game, Mahomes spread the ball around with big passes to Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins before hitting Travis Kelce in the end zone with 6:13 to go.

Kansas City’s defense did its job, forcing a three-and-out and getting the ball back to the offense down three with 5:10 to play. 2:26 later, Damien Williams hauled in the go-ahead touchdown.

Williams would break loose for the game-sealing score with 1:12 left to make it 31-20 Chiefs, and give Andy Reid his long-awaited Vince Lombardi Trophy. Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP, going 26-for-42 with 286 yards and three scores, including one with his legs. 

Super Bowl LV: Buccaneers vs Chiefs

The Chiefs’ return trip to the Super Bowl just one year later would not be nearly as sweet.

This time it was Tom Brady and the Buccaneers standing in Kansas City’s way, and at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium no less. Those waiting for Mahomes to uncork a patented late-game rally were left disappointed, as Ndamukong Suh and the rest of the Bucs' defense stymied him at every turn.

Mahomes had 270 passing yards on 49 attempts, but tossed two picks and was dropped three times while recording no touchdown passes. In fact, the Chiefs scored only three field goals in a 31-9 disaster.

Brady, meanwhile, cemented his personal legacy by going 21-of-29 with 201 yards and three touchdowns en route to his fifth Super Bowl MVP Award.

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