- Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Their own game, as we know, doesn’t matter. The Kansas City Chiefs are locked into the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs regardless of how they fare in Sunday’s final regular season game against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium.
But their wild-card playoff opponent will be determined by the results of games involving the 11-4 New England Patriots (at home against Buffalo), 10-5 Cincinnati Bengals (at home against Baltimore) and 10-5 Indianapolis Colts (at home against Jacksonville).
Here's where the Chiefs would be headed for their first-round playoff game given the various scenarios. These scenarios all assume an Indianapolis victory because if the Colts lose, the Chiefs would play at Indianapolis in the wild-card round next weekend. With a loss, the Colts will be the AFC’s fourth seed regardless of what happens with the Patriots and the Bengals.
New England, Cincinnati and Indianapolis win: The Chiefs would play at Indianapolis in the first-round next weekend.
New England and Indianapolis win, Cincinnati loses: The Chiefs would play at Cincinnati in the first round next weekend.
Cincinnati and Indianapolis win, New England loses: The Chiefs would play at New England in the first round next weekend.
Indianapolis wins, Cincinnati and New England lose: The Chiefs would play at Cincinnati in the first round next weekend.