The New England Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills 20-13 on Monday Night Football, and in the process, the surging Kansas City Chiefs now own the second wild card playoff spot in the AFC. It’s a scenario that not many Chiefs fans would have believed after KC stumbled out to a 1-5 record to begin the season, yet if the playoffs started today, the Chiefs would be heading to Denver to play the Broncos in the first round of the playoffs.
The Chiefs (5-5) are riding a four-game winning streak and have been one of the hotter teams in the league over the last month. After their 33-3 drubbing of the San Diego Chargers Sunday, the Chiefs will get ready to play the Bills next Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
It will be their first game at Arrowhead since they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-13 back on Oct. 25. Kansas City played one of their home games in London, England on Nov. 1, and then had a bye week followed by two games on the road. Needless to say, they will be enjoying playing in front of their boisterous crowd again.
The Chiefs had the day off for “Victory Monday” and will have their normal day off on Tuesday. Starting Wednesday, they will return to practice to get ready for their game Sunday against the Bills. Kickoff will be a 12:00 p.m. CT.
The current AFC playoff picture looks like this as of Tuesday:
Week 12 AFC playoff standings (Overall record, AFC record)
1. Patriots (10-0, 7-0) – AFC East Champs*
2. Bengals (8-2, 7-1) – AFC North Champs*
3. Broncos (8-2, 4-2) – AFC West Champs
4. Colts (5-5, 4-3) – AFC South Survivor
5. Steelers (6-4, 3-4) – First Wild Card
6. Chiefs (5-5, 4-2) – Second Wild Card
*would get first round bye in the playoffs
In the hunt
7. Texans (5-5, 4-3) Chiefs own tie-breaker due to head-to-head win in Week 1
8. Bills (5-5, 5-4) Chiefs own tie-breaker due to better conference win percentage
9. Jets (5-5, 4-4) Chiefs own tie-breaker due to better conference win percentage, Buffalo owns better head-to-head record
10. Raiders (4-6, 4-3)
11. Jaguars (4-6, 4-4)