All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. 1971 Kansas City Chiefs on Database Football, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1971_Kansas_City_Chiefs_season&oldid=979336789, 1971 National Football League season by team, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 September 2020, at 05:35. The Cowboys jumped to a 6-3 halftime lead after converting a fumble recovery and an interception into field goals. The NFL playoffs following the 1971 NFL season led up to Super Bowl VI. Stram died July 4, 2005 at age 82. Paul Warfield recorded a 75-yard touchdown reception midway through the first quarter. The season was the last for the Chiefs in Municipal Stadium, as owner Lamar Hunt and general manager Jack Steadman were overseeing the construction of Arrowhead Stadium, located at the junction of Interstate 70 and Interstate 435 in Jackson County, Missouri, at the eastern edge of the Kansas City city limits. The teams exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter before Podolak scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth period. Outside linebacker Bobby Bell, defensive tackles Buck Buchanan and Curley Culp, and cornerback Emmitt Thomas joined Lanier on the AFC Pro Bowl squad following the season. 1971 NFL Standings. The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. The NFL playoffs following the 1971 NFL season led up to Super Bowl VI. NFL and the NFL shield design are registered trademarks of the National Football League.The team names, logos and uniform designs are registered trademarks of the teams indicated. The Chiefs jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter with Jan Stenerud's 24-yard field goal and quarterback Len Dawson's 7-yard touchdown pass to Ed Podolak. Are you a Stathead, too? Specific dates and start times for such designated Week 15 and Week 16 matchups will be determined and announced no later than four weeks prior to game day. In each of Weeks 15 and 16, up to three of five designated matchups will be played on Saturday with the remainder to be played on Sunday. Then in the second quarter, Safety Rick Volk's 37-yard interception return set up Nottingham's 7-yard touchdown run.  Dolphins receiver Paul Warfield finished with 7 receptions for a career postseason high 140 yards, while Dolphins linebacker Nick Buoniconti racked up 20 tackles. View a summary of the 1971 NFL season, including standings, stats, statistics, game results, playoffs, draft results and leaders. Although the Vikings outgained the Cowboys 311-183, Dallas converted turnovers into 13 points en route to a 20-12 win. Kansas City returned to the Bay Area, but this trip was more successful, as the Chiefs ousted the NFC West leading San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football, 26–17, setting up a showdown at home against the Raiders. Then, Roosevelt Taylor's interception set up Bob Windsor's 2-yard touchdown reception to give San Francisco a 17-10 lead. The Vikings scored 9 unanswered points in the fourth quarter but it was not enough to make up for the deficit. The winners of each division, and a fourth “wild card” team based on the best non-division winner, qualified for the playoffs. NFL footage © NFL Productions LLC. With the first pick, the New England Patriots selected quarterback Jim Plunkett from Stanford University. Bell, Buchanan, Culp, Lanier, and Thomas are all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Morris Stroud, the tallest player in NFL history at 6-foot-10, and Willie Frazier, acquired from San Diego, alternated at tight end for the retired Fred Arbanas, but the rest of the offensive line, save for center Jack Rudnay, remained the same from the Super Bowl winning team. The Cowboys jumped to a 6-3 halftime lead after converting a fumble recovery and an interception into field goals. Podolak returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards to the Dolphins 22-yard line, giving Stenerud a chance to win the game for the Chiefs in the final minute of regulation. But Miami quarterback Bob Griese threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Marv Fleming to tie the game. Then in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys marched 80 yards in 14 plays to score on Duane Thomas' 2-yard touchdown run. Although the Vikings outgained the Cowboys 311-183, Dallas converted turnovers into 13 points en route to a 20-12 win. The tiebreaker rules were changed to start with head-to-head competition, followed by division records, record against common opponents, and records in conference play. Podolak returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards to the Dolphins 22-yard line before being shoved out of bounds by Miami's Curtis Johnson, giving Stenerud a chance to win the game for the Chiefs in the final minute of regulation. Or write about sports? The National Football League playoffs for the 1974 season began on December 21, 1974. Find out more. ] (and the Chiefs' last-ever game at Municipal Stadium), Miami kicker Garo Yepremian kicked the winning 37-yard field goal after 7:40 of double-overtime. The 1971 NFL season was the 52nd regular season of the National Football League. Middle linebacker Willie Lanier was a unanimous All-Pro selection following the season, and would likely have been named NFL Defensive Player of the Year had not Viking defensive tackle Alan Page become the second defensive player to win the league's Most Valuable Player award. Kansas City backslid to 8–6 and 7–5–2 in 1972 and 1973, before falling to 5–9 and a tie for last in the AFC West in 1974, leading to the Stram's firing following the season. Jets in the AFC East based on better point differential in head to head games, 13 points. Do you have a sports website? Bob Frederic, Dick Jorgensen and Fred Wyant were promoted to fill those vacancies. Nottingham's first score, a 1-yard touchdown run, was set up after Bubba Smith blocked Cleveland kicker Don Cockroft's 4-yard field goal attempt. More tiebreakers were provided in 1971 because, in 1970, reversing just one game’s outcome would have led to a coin toss between Dallas and Detroit for the NFC wild card berth. , at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota. Then, Roosevelt Taylor's interception set up Bob Windsor's 2-yard touchdown reception to give San Francisco a 17-10 lead. Week six brought the undefeated Washington Redskins, under the leadership of first-year coach George Allen. As the regular season comes to a close, there were a whopping 10 teams with double-digit wins. Washington scored first after Jon Jaqua blocked a punt to set up quarterback Billy Kilmer's 5-yard pass. It was the first time that the NFL scheduled games on Christmas Day, a decision that drew considerable criticism. The season ended in heartbreak, as the Miami Dolphins won the longest game in National Football League history on Christmas Day, defeating the Chiefs 27–24 in double-overtime on a 37-yard field goal by Garo Yepremian in the last football game in Municipal Stadium, as well as the last game for safety Johnny Robinson, who was an original member of the Dallas Texans in 1960. The Pro Bowl took place on January 23, 1972, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; the NFC beat the AFC 26–13. Like the previous NFL seasons, the home teams in the playoffs were decided based on a yearly divisional rotation, excluding the wild card teams who would always play on the road. Rudnay assumed the starting center spot in 1970 over veteran E. J. Holub. Kansas City would not reach the playoffs again until 1986, did not host (or win) another playoff game until 1991, and did not win the AFC West division title again until 1993. New England finished ahead of N.Y. Then in the fourth quarter, Griese's 50-yard pass to Warfield set up Larry Csonka's 5-yard touchdown run. Podolak and Warren McVea handled the bulk of the return duties. © 2019 NFL Enterprises LLC. Join our linker program. Paul Warfield recorded a 75-yard touchdown reception midway through the first quarter. Three plays later, 49ers quarterback John Brodie threw a 78-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Gene Washington to tie the game. Then in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys marched 80 yards in 14 plays to score on Duane Thomas' 2-yard touchdown run. Willie Lanier recovered a fumble by Redskin running back Larry Brown on the second play of the game deep in Washington territory, but the drive went for naught when Mike Bass intercepted an underthrown pass by Len Dawson at the 4-yard line. On offense, Robert Holmes was traded to the San Diego Chargers midway through the season, leaving Wendell Hayes to assume the fullback duties next to third-year pro Ed Podolak, who had become the starting halfback when Mike Garrett was traded to San Diego in 1970. Others who are in the Hall of Fame from this squad are owner Hunt (who died December 13, 2006, at age 74), quarterback Dawson, and kicker Stenerud.