Chiefs' Upcoming Opponent: Breakdown of Kansas City's Divisional Schedule

Exploring the latest twists in NFL playoff dynamics.

by Faizan Chaudhary
Chiefs' Upcoming Opponent: Breakdown of Kansas City's Divisional Schedule
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In a thrilling showdown during the AFC Wildcard round, the Kansas City Chiefs emerged victorious against the Miami Dolphins, securing their spot in the highly anticipated Divisional round of the playoffs. The Chiefs' next adversary hinges on the outcome of the final AFC wildcard matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers, a game rescheduled to Monday due to adverse weather conditions.

Looking ahead, the Kansas City Chiefs' journey could lead them to face either the Buffalo Bills or the Houston Texans in the Divisional round. The Texans, who clinched the fourth seed by winning the AFC South, made a formidable statement by decimating the Cleveland Browns 45-14 in the Wildcard opener.

On the other hand, the Chiefs, as the third seed following their triumph in the AFC West, are poised for a challenging battle ahead.

Chiefs' Playoff Scenarios

The playoff landscape also includes the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens, set to contend against the lowest-ranked team in the Divisional round.

With Houston's ranking below Kansas City, a Ravens-Chiefs clash is off the table. Two potential scenarios unfold for Patrick Mahomes and his team. Should the seventh-seeded Pittsburgh Steelers upset the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City would welcome C.J.

Stroud and the Steelers in the Divisional Round. This outcome would also set up a face-off between Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh in Baltimore. Conversely, a victory for Josh Allen and the Bills over the Steelers would see all top four seeds advance.

In this scenario, Kansas City would brace for a challenging visit to Buffalo, while the Texans would journey to Baltimore. Explore all possible playoff combinations with Sportskeeda's Playoff Predictor. Despite varying playoff paths, Patrick Mahomes could still helm an AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Since his first league MVP title in 2018, Mahomes has led the Chiefs to every AFC Championship game, hosting them regardless of their seeding. For instance, in 2019, despite the Ravens' top seeding, their elimination by the Tennessee Titans paved the way for the Chiefs' Super Bowl victory.

Similarly, in 2021, the top-seeded Tennessee Titans' exit at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals led to Joe Burrow's showdown with Mahomes in Kansas City. This year, with a potential early exit for the Bills and the Ravens in the subsequent round, the stars could align for Kansas City to once again host the AFC Championship at the iconic Arrowhead Stadium.