After a tough loss at Arrowhead Stadium to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs are all but locked in for a Wild Card spot in the AFC. Dreams of an AFC West title and possible no. 1 seed are gone after the Chiefs were halted at the Denver 13-yard line in their attempt at a late fourth-quarter comeback.
For Kansas City to win the division, they would have to make up two games on the Broncos with Denver owning the tiebreaker. That outcome is incredibly unlikely considering that the Broncos don’t play a single winning team in their remaining four games. And with the closest teams in the Wild Card hunt being three games behind the Chiefs with four left to play, a no. 5 seed for Kansas City would be a pretty safe bet.
As of now, it looks like a road trip to face either the Cincinnati Bengals or the Indianapolis Colts are the most likely scenarios for KC, which doesn’t sound too bad. The Chiefs have been solid on the road this season, losing only to Denver. Both Cincy and Indy have been highly inconsistent teams with big impact players out for the season.
Winning on the road in the playoffs is never easy, but the Chiefs are definitely equipped to do it this season. Kansas City is coming up on the 20th anniversary of their last playoff victory, which occurred on January 16, 1994 against the Houston Oilers. Joe Montana led the Chiefs to victory that day. Alex Smith, another unwanted former San Francisco 49ers QB, will have his chance to get it done this time around.