AFC Playoffs 1st Seed
New England Patriots (13-2)
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If the Kansas City Chiefs want to get to the Super Bowl, that path likely goes through the New England Patriots. That’s not exactly unexpected. Just about everyone figured the Pats would be the team to beat in the AFC. That has played out exactly as expected. New England now sits atop the AFC and seems likely to lock up their top billing.
There is only one way that the Patriots do not end up with home field advantage throughout the playoffs. They have to lose this week, and the Raiders have to win. It seems pretty unlikely that New England would lose given those circumstances. This is a team that has looked to beat down their opposition all year. Don’t expect that to change now.
The Pats are closing the season against the Miami Dolphins who also have their spot in the postseason locked up. The Dolphins will be without quarterback Ryan Tannehill, so the Patriots have a big advantage…on top of simply being the better team.
The Kansas City Chiefs are turning into a perennial playoff team. With their position in the playoffs already locked in, the Chiefs are now fighting for the best advantage they can get. However, even if Kansas City goes into the postseason as a Wild Card, there is a lot of reason to think they can be a contender. The Chiefs have proven their ability to win under a number of different circumstances.