Steelers likeliest opponent for Chiefs in wild-card round of playoffs

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After defeating the Baltimore Ravens 16-13 in overtime in Week 18, the Pittsburgh Steelers are now the likeliest opponent for the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

No matter what, KC has clinched the No. 2 seed in the AFC conference. There is one other possible opponent for the Chiefs right now. Should the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers tie, Kansas City would host the Raiders in the wild-card round. There’s roughly a 0.2% chance of any given NFL game ending in a tie, so it’s an unlikely scenario, even though it’d be a beneficial outcome for both the Raiders and Chargers.

The Chiefs won’t mind a rematch with the Steelers at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in the wild-card round, though. In their first meeting at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 16, Kansas City dominated Pittsburgh, coasting to a 36-10 win. Patrick Mahomes was 23-of-30 for 258 passing yards and three touchdowns on the day. The defense forced three turnovers and sacked Ben Roethlisberger twice during the game.

The AFC’s No. 1 seed, the Tennessee Titans, will play the lowest seed to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs. It’s hard to tell who that would be, but it could be the Patriots or Chargers, should the Chiefs beat Pittsburgh. That’d set up nicely for a Titans upset and the AFC title game running through Kansas City.

We’ll have an official update for you on the Chiefs’ opponent as soon as it’s confirmed at the conclusion of “Sunday Night Football.”

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