The Kansas City Chiefs ended their regular season with a home win against AFC West rivals the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, finishing the year with an impressive 12-4 record.
Patrick Mahomes and company are still the favorites to win the Super Bowl in February, but who do the Chiefs have to play before booking their tickets to Miami? Here’s a look at the current AFC playoff picture after the first round of afternoon games Sunday. We will update any changes as they occur in the later games as well.
Current AFC Playoff Picture For Week 17:
The Baltimore Ravens (13-2) have the top seed in the conference, and the road to the Super Bowl will go through M&T Bank Stadium. The New England Patriots (12-4) move into the third seed with a loss against the Miami Dolphins, the Chiefs remain the second seed in the AFC with their win this afternoon.
Not playing next weekend is extremely beneficial for the Chiefs. Not only does it give them enough time to nurse any injuries or aches sustained on Sunday, but also enough time to develop clever plays that gives them an edge over their opponents. Fans don’t need reminding of Andy Reid’s record when the veteran playcaller has an extra week to prepare.
The former Eagles coach Reid had a bye week in the playoffs five times in his storied 20+ years in the NFL. In each of those five years, the 61-year-old has gone undefeated coming off of a first-round bye week, the most recent being the 2018 rout against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC divisional playoff.
Chiefs Earn a First Round Bye in the Playoffs
With New England losing in the final seconds against Miami, the Chiefs are officially the 2-seed and have a first-round bye in the postseason. That being said, they don’t play next weekend and instead Kansas City will host the highest seed that advances from Wild Card weekend at Arrowhead Stadium.
If the Patriots manage to beat the Titans next weekend, then Tom Brady and company will march into Arrowhead for the first time since they beat Kansas City in Janaury’s AFC Championship game. The Texans, on the other hand, will host the Bills next weekend. Details on the times of those games have yet to be revealed.