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Playoff Scenarios: Who Will The Chiefs Play?

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs are locked into being the number five seed in the playoffs regardless of what happens later today in its game against the San Diego Chargers but there are a number of scenarios that will decide which team the Chiefs face in the opening round of the playoffs next weekend.

KC face three possible opponents:

Indianapolis Colts

Cincinnati Bengals

NewEngland Patriots

There are three games and eight scenarios that Chiefs fans should keep an eye on this afternoon.

The Bengals will take on Ravens, the Patriots will face the Bills and the Colts will host the Jaguars.

For weeks, it seemed that the Chiefs were destined to play the Colts, however there are now some likely scenarios that could end up sending Kansas City to Cincinnati or even New England.

 

The Chiefs will face the Colts if: 

-New England, Cinci and Indy all win

-New England and Cinci win and Indy loses

-New England wins and Cinci and Indy lose

-Cinci wins and New England and Indy lose

-New England, Cicni and Indy all lose

 

The Chiefs will play Cinci if: 

-New England and Indy win and Cinci loses

-New England and Cinci lose and Indy wins

 

The Chiefs will play NewEngland if: 

-New England loses and Cinci and Indy win

 

While anything can happen in the NFL, particularly in Week 17, chances are the Colts will take care of business at home against the feisty Jaguars. If we assume that Indy will win, we are left with the following scenarios:

The Chiefs will face the Colts if: 

-New England, Cinci and Indy all win

 

The Chiefs will play Cinci if: 

-New England and Indy win and Cinci loses

-New England and Cinci lose and Indy wins

 

The Chiefs will play NewEngland if: 

-New England loses and Cinci and Indy win

 

I would say all of the above scenarios are pretty likely. New England should be able to handle Buffalo but the Pats haven’t been the same since losing TE Rob Gronkowski. Still, if New England wins, the Chiefs won’t be going to play the Patriots.

I think the two most likely scenarios are all thee teams winning their games (Chiefs would play Indy) or New England and Indy winning and Cinci losing (Chiefs would play Cinci).

The Ravens can still get into the playoffs so you have to believe they will be going hard after Cinci.

It should be a crazy day in the NFL.

 

(h/t Arrowhead Pride)

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs

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  • ladner morse

    That settles it…. Chiefs win Super Bowl!

    Thanks Patrick. Good to finally know the possibilities.

    • berttheclock

      BTW, Laddie, I tried to respond to your comment about free agents, but, had problems posting. So, my take is Reid/Dorsey, will probably, end up being a hybrid. More FAs than the Packers, but, far less than when Reid tried, unsuccessfully, to wear two hats in Philly. They will end up being a Schneider/Carroll and Baalke/Harbaugh system of combining both FAs and building as much as possible from within. However, all of these systems have the old Belichick mantra of “Rent, don’t buy” to players.

  • Canad-Ian

    I have no preference who we play. You don’t try to win a Super Bowl by dodging teams

  • berttheclock

    Meanwhile, the Chiefs roll into San Diego to play the best 3rd down offensive team in the NFL with a depleted defense. The Union-Tribune is still holding out hope for the Chargers to make the playoffs.

  • tm1946

    Big, big article. If the Chiefs go thru this and wins some games, it may be a bigger turnaround than being 9-0 after a 2-14 season. The Chiefs will do things, they have not done in years.

  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    I think the Chiefs would be better off getting a second crack at the Colts. They played their worst game of the season against those guys and another game would require a totally different game plan from KC. Having played Indy so recently could be a big asset if the Chiefs can quickly learn from their mistakes and adjust to the things the Colts were doing that tripped them up.

  • Blake Molina

    I agree with Patrick, might as well draw Indy again, having played and seen them already. Plus I can see AJ Green just giving me ulcers.

  • Canad-Ian

    So Charles is sitting out today. What’s the over/under on Davis fumbles? 1.5?

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