By Fred Liggett
Ever since starting the season red hot and winning their first five games the Kansas City Chiefs had their fan base thinking about the playoffs. Chiefs fans were quick to think of playoff positioning and if the team could stay hot long enough to claim the top seed in the AFC.
With a dominating win last Sunday over the Oakland Raiders the Chiefs did in fact earn the number one seed in the AFC playoffs. The Chiefs also won their third straight AFC West division title. With those goals now out of the way the team and its fans can look to the playoffs and how the team can advance in hopes reaching the Super Bowl.
First thing the team will do is enjoy its bye week. The time away from the practice field will help a number of players get healthy for the first playoff game set to be played on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3:35 p.m. Pro Bowl Safety Eric Berry sat out the regular season finale due to a sore heel/foot and starting OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is still returning to form from a serious leg injury. In addition to those injuries the team has a number players with bumps and bruises thanks to the grind of a 16 game season.
The next thing is to learn who the opponent will be, which is determined over the wild card weekend. One of three teams can advance with a win to play the Chiefs in Kansas City next weekend. The Indianapolis Colts with a win on Saturday can advance to Kansas City. Should the Colts lose then on Sunday the LA Chargers/Baltimore Ravens winner advances to Kansas City. The Chiefs and their fans are familiar with both the Chargers and Ravens having seen both teams at Arrowhead just last month.
In December the Chiefs narrowly beat the Ravens 27-24 in a contest that went to overtime. Just four days later on Dec. 13 the Chiefs fell to the Chargers 29-28 thanks to a two-point conversion coming with just four seconds left in the game. Needless to say a rematch with either team will be an entertaining game to play in, attend in person or watch from home.
For now the Chiefs players are off until Monday, Jan. 7th. The Chiefs coaching staff continues to tweak game plans and study film of possible opponents. Winning a division title and claiming the top playoff spot in the AFC are nice accomplishments but now it’s on to winning a home playoff game. That’s What I REID Into It for this week.