The Kansas City captain was the first AFC team to earn a post-season stop.
With an overwhelming victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chief of Kansas City won another AFC West crown.
Although 5 more teams in the NFC have won a berth after the season before them, Kansas City is in a great position to claim the overall No. 1 seed in the AFC. If they draw 13-4, the Captain will be the No. 1 seed. However, they do not have a head-to-head record against the leader of the AFC South and the predicted No. 2 seed Tennessee Titans. So how does Kansas City get the final No. 1 seed?
Here’s a look at how the AFC playoffs could be played through Arrowhead Stadium.
How Kansas City Captains Can Win No. 1 Seed Overall After Winning AFC West
The good news for the captains is that they are guaranteed to be the 4th seed in the AFC, no matter what, as they won their division. Unfortunately, the Chiefs didn’t get a head-to-head win against the Tennessee (10-5) or the Buffalo Bills (9-6), and they had to face the Cincinnati Bengals (9-6). Potential losses to Cincinnati and the Denver Broncos could further complicate things.
If Kansas City splits the pair between Cincinnati and Denver to finish 12-5, the Chiefs will need the Titans to beat their last two games with the Miami Dolphins and at the Houston Texans, so they’ll finish. with the score 11-6 and head-to-head tie will have no effect. If Kansas City concedes 11-6 and loses its last two games, then Tennessee must lose both.
If somehow the Chiefs lose to both the Bengals and Broncos, this is where things get weird. They will need Cincinnati to lose to the Cleveland Browns in Week 18 to avoid losing the head-to-head Bengals 11-6. Another loss in the next two weeks by the Buffalo, Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots will also make the Chiefs a world of good.
Ultimately, the Chiefs’ 12th win over the next two weeks eliminated everyone but the Titans a chance at the 1st seed. The Captains’ 13th win eliminated Tennessee from the row seeding entirely. first, as well as the Titans’ sixth loss and victory in Kansas City. The captains could keep the AFC locked with a Week 17 win over Cincinnati and a Titans loss to Miami.
13 wins is a guarantee, 12 wins is promised, but 11 wins welcome pure unadulterated chaos.
https://fansided.com/2021/12/26/chiefs-playoff-scenarios-1-seed-afc-west-clinched/ How were the Team Leaders able to get the 1st seed after locking down the AFC West?