What's next for the Chiefs in NFL playoffs after win over Dolphins?

What are the scenarios for the Chiefs in the Divisional Round?

AFC Wild Card Playoffs - Miami Dolphins v Kansas City Chiefs
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The Kansas City Chiefs began their title defense at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday night in an unfamiliar position as the No. 3 seed. Instead of sitting out with a bye as the AFC's top-seeded team, as normal, the Chiefs were forced to host the Miami Dolphins in the postseason's opening salvo.

Still they're off to the next round all the same.

The Chiefs took care of the Dolphins on a frigid night in which record cold temperatures were measured and they did so fairly easily with a final score of 26-7. With the win in the Wild Card round, the Chiefs are now locked into the Divisional Round and they'll wait out a longer weekend than anticipated in order to find out their next opponent.

Earlier in the day, another key game in the AFC side of the NFL playoff bracket went down with the Houston Texans dominating the Cleveland Browns in a matchup between the fourth and fifth seeds overall.

What are the scenarios for the Chiefs in the Divisional Round?

Given the weather concerns around the NFL this weekend, the Chiefs might not know until late Monday who they will face next but at least they will have more rest than their opponents. For those who are curious, here's how things could turn out for Kansas City in the Divisional Round.

Buffalo Bills (If the Bills beat the Steelers)

The Chiefs are likely going to face the Buffalo Bills in the next round of the postseason unless you are a big believer in Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers. But stranger things have happened.

The No. 7 seeded Steelers are limping into the postseason as the lowest-seed team with a backup quarterback in Mason Rudolph under center. In addition, pass rusher T.J. Watt is injured and the Steelers are actually lucky to even be where they are. That's a far cry from the team they're playing.

The Buffalo Bills are red hot at the right time with a top-tier quarterback to lead them when it matters most. They're also playing at home in Orchard Park on Monday (after having the game rescheduled due to snow). Most analysts are predicting a Bills win and for good reason. The talent disparity between these two teams is too great to believe in Pittsburgh.

If Buffalo wins, then Houston, as the lowest remaining seed, will travel to Baltimore to face the resting Ravens and Kansas City will travel to Buffalo for the Divisional Round. The game would be a rematch of a close game from earlier this year which went Buffalo's way.

Houston Texans (If the Steelers beat the Bills)

If the Steelers somehow come away with the win over the Bills, they will remain the lowest seed and they would travel to M&T Bank Stadium to face the Ravens next week—their AFC North rivals. That would leave the Houston Texans as a road team to face the Chiefs.

For the Chiefs, this would be a welcome scenario to have the unexpected chance to remain at home for another week and host another game for Chiefs Kingdom at Arrowhead. However, it's hard to think the matchup would be that much easier given how well C.J. Stroud and the Houston Texans are playing at this stage of the year.

The Texans took care of the Browns by a final score of 45-14 on Saturday and came into the playoffs as the No. 4 overall seed after securing the AFC South title in the final week of the regular season.