Chiefs clinch No. 2 seed in AFC, wild-card opponent still to be determined

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The Week 17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals has proven to be a costly loss for the Kansas City Chiefs.

With the Tennessee Titans defeating the Houston Texans in Week 18, the Chiefs have clinched the No. 2 seed in the AFC conference. As a result, they won’t get a week off in the first round of the playoffs and they’ll be playing an opponent during the NFL’s super wild-card weekend.

The opponent that will travel to Kansas City in the wild-card round is still to be determined pending the results of the Ravens-Steelers, Jets-Bills, Patriots-Dolphins and Chargers-Raiders games. The Chiefs could still play any of the Steelers, Raiders, Ravens, or Colts.

The game that could have the most impact is the Ravens-Steelers game which is currently in overtime. Should the Steelers win, the Chiefs could play either Steelers or Raiders. Should the Ravens win, they’d have a chance to play the Colts, Ravens, or Raiders. A tie would give KC a shot to face either the Raiders or the Colts.

No matter who they face, the team will be ready.

“We’re ready to go wherever against whoever,” Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes said following Saturday’s win. “We just go in with the mindset of we’re going to have to play each-and-every week to try to have a chance to get back to that Super Bowl.”

While the Chiefs won’t get the coveted first-round bye week, there are some perks to being the No. 2 seed in the AFC conference. In the wild-card round, they’ll face the lowest seed in the AFC conference. They’ll have home-field advantage against any team they face unless they play the Titans (No. 1 seed) in the AFC title game. Should the Titans slip up in the divisional round of the playoffs, Kansas City would host their fourth consecutive AFC Championship Game should they advance to it.

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Ranking Chiefs' potential wild-card opponents, from easiest to toughest