NFL playoffs: Will the Kansas City Chiefs play next Saturday or Sunday?

Will the Kansas City Chiefs play on Saturday or Sunday of the Divisional Round? That will be determined by the weekend's final AFC Wild Card game.

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs / Jamie Squire/GettyImages

The Kansas City Chiefs opened up this year's NFL playoffs with just their second Wild Card game in the last six seasons, and like they did two years ago, they left very little doubt en route to a dominant round one victory.

Andy Reid's No. 3 seed Chiefs took down Mike McDaniel's No. 6 seed Miami Dolphins by a score of 26-7 at Arrowhead Stadium in what was the fourth coldest game in NFL history, sending the Chiefs to their sixth consecutive AFC Divisional Round and eighth in the last nine seasons.

Though three of the four AFC Divisional Round teams are set after the No. 4 seed Houston Texans beat up on the No. 5 seed Cleveland Browns earlier on Saturday afternoon, none of the three advanced teams know who they will be facing next weekend.

The Baltimore Ravens own the AFC's top seed, so a win by the No. 7 seed Pittsburgh Steelers over the No. 2 seed Buffalo Bills in Monday afternoon's postponed game would send the Steelers to Baltimore and thus send the Texans to Kansas City. A Bills win, on the other hand, would send the Chiefs to Orchard Park and the Texans to Baltimore.

But one other key element that the postponement of the Steelers vs. Bills game throws into the equation is the scheduling process.

Will Kansas City Chiefs play next Saturday or Sunday?

Because of the fact that the Steelers vs. Bills game was postponed until Monday afternoon due to a winter storm, the Chiefs will not know when they'll be in action next weekend until Monday evening either.

Since the NFL added a Monday game to Wild Card weekend, they have yet to have the Monday winner play the following Saturday. We saw it with the Los Angeles Rams two years ago, and we saw it with the Dallas Cowboys last year. Both teams played on Sunday during the Divisional Round, as a Saturday game would have given them just four days of rest in between games.

While Monday's game between the Bills and the Steelers isn't the traditional Monday game, since it was originally scheduled to take place on Sunday afternoon, the NFL was not going to schedule the winner to play again on Saturday.

The NFL finally released each Divisional Round scenario and each gives either the Bills or Steelers as much rest as possible.

Here are the Chiefs' scenarios for the Divisional Round

1. If the Steelers beat the Bills on Monday, the Chiefs will remain at home for another round of the postseason and host the Houston Texans. That game would be held at the earliest slot of any playoff game in the Divisional Round on Saturday, January 20 at 3:30 p.m. C.T. at Arrowhead Stadium. It would be broadcast on ESPN/ABC on a national level.

2. If the Bills beat the Steelers, however, the Chiefs will take to the road for the first time during a postseason run with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback. They'll head to Orchard Park to face the Bills for the second time this season, and that game would be played in the last Divisional Round slot. That game would kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 21 at Buffalo and would be broadcast on CBS.