In our final look back at the Top Plays from the 2013 season, the Kansas City Chiefs special teams unit was nothing short of extraordinary. The Chiefs led the league in kickoff return average (30.1 yards per return), ranked fourth-best in the AFC in punting (40.2 avg) and third-best in punt return average (11.8 yards per return).
The Chiefs specialists produced five scores in 2013, as well as momentum-changing plays, which we highlight below.
The players will be the first to tell you that they wanted the Week 3 win against Philadelphia for their new head coach, Andy Reid. Chiefs RB Cyrus Gray helped, recovering a fumble on a muffed punt return by Philadelphia WR Damaris Johnson at the Eagles eight-yard line. It was Gray’s first special teams fumble recovery and led to a 33-yard field goal by Chiefs K
Week 4 vs Giants - Dex Busts a Move or Three, Against the G-Men
I could watch
Week 5 vs Tennessee - Chiefs Special Teams Strike Again
For the second week in a row, the Chiefs special teams unit recorded a touchdown as CB
Week 8 vs Browns - Zombo and Succop Help Earn the Win at Arrowhead
Leading 20-17 in Week 8, LB
The Master of His Craft - Colquitt Continues to Raise the Punting Standard
NFL LEADERS: MOST PUNTS INSIDE THE 20 - 2013
Rank Player Team Inside 20
1t. Dustin Colquitt KC 35
Dave Zastudil ARI 35
3. Shane Lechler HOU 34
4t. Brandon Fields MIA 33
Donnie Jones PHI 33
Chiefs rookie RB Knile Davis broke off a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Week 13 contest against the Denver Broncos, marking the longest kickoff return in franchise history and is the longest return for a touchdown of any type (kickoff, punt, interception or fumble) in club annals.
Dex's special teams skills were again exemplified in scoring fashion in Week 14. McCluster recorded seven punt returns for 177 yards (25.3 avg.) in the snowy Week 14 matchup in Washington, setting a new franchise record for most punt return yards in a single game. His 74-yard touchdown return in the contest marked his second punt return touchdown of 2013, tying a franchise record for most punt return touchdowns in a single season.
Week 14 vs Washington - Demps Adds to the Chiefs Special Day in Washington
Quintin Demps recorded a 95-yard kickoff return touchdown in the team's 45-10 win against Washington. The kickoff-return score came one week after Knile's franchise-long 108-yard kickoff return touchdown, marking the first time in Chiefs history that the team has recorded kickoff return touchdowns in back-to-back games.
Week 15 vs Raiders - Abdullah on the Spot
Just Kickin' It - Chiefs K Ryan Succop Tops Personal Best
Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop has been a critical piece to the Chiefs puzzle since being drafted in 2009. The very last pick in the draft, Succop has been anything but irrelevant in his time with the Chiefs. He set a career-high for most points in a single season with 118 points in 2013, passing his previous mark of 104, which he set during his rookie campaign in 2009.
The Chiefs special teams wowed fans in 2013, giving fans even greater expectations for the 2014 season that is less than seven months away.
ICYMI: Top Plays in 2013 by the:Chiefs Defense