Chiefs Can Earn a Playoff Spot This Week in Two Different Ways

The latest playoff scenarios for this week are out

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If the Kansas City Chiefs (10-4) beat the Denver Broncos (8-6) on Sunday night, they will have punched their ticket to the playoffs for the third time in four years under head coach Andy Reid.

It would also mean the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos would officially miss the playoffs.

But this isn't the only way the Chiefs could earn a playoff spot this week.

The other scenario in which the Chiefs could earn a playoff spot is if the Baltimore Ravens (8-6) lose or tie to the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5). That game kicks off in Pittsburgh Sunday at 3:30 p.m. CT, so there's a chance the Chiefs will have already earned a playoff spot before they kick off against the Broncos on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. CT.

If the Chiefs were to have that playoff spot already secured, that doesn't mean the game on Sunday night doesn't still carry plenty of implications.

Depending upon what happens in the game between the Oakland Raiders (11-3) and Indianapolis Colts (7-7) on Saturday (3:05 p.m. CT kickoff), the Chiefs could take control of the AFC West division and the No. 2 seed in the AFC if the Colts were to win that game and the Chiefs were to win on Sunday night.

Again, we'll know all of this before the Chiefs take the field against the Broncos.

In order for the Chiefs to win the division and get the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs, they need to finish with the same (or better) record than the Raiders, which means they'll need the Raiders to either lose this week as they host the Colts, or next week as they travel to take on the Broncos.

Here's a full look at the playoff scenarios for this week:


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