In Andy Reid's first year as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, the team improved from 2-14 the previous season to a playoff berth as an 11-5 wild-card team. The Chiefs fell in the first round of the playoffs to the Indianapolis Colts after Kansas City led the game 38-10 at one point.
New quarterback Alex Smith threw for 3,313 yards and 23 touchdowns and earned his first Pro Bowl berth. He was rewarded with a new four-year, $68 million contract extension that includes $45 million in guarantees.
The Chiefs added defensive lineman Vance Walker and offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach in free agency while drafting Auburn standout defensive end Dee Ford in the first round. But the Chiefs lost Branden Albert to Miami, Dexter McCluster to Tennessee and defensive lineman Tyson Jackson to Atlanta.
Kansas City opens its 2014 campaign at home against the Tennessee Titans.