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Monday, December 9, 2013
Colts looming as Chiefs' playoff opponent

By Adam Teicher

LANDOVER, Md. -- OK, I'm stuck in D.C. because of a cancelled flight and it looks like I'm gonna be here awhile. So I should probably detail what's ahead for the Kansas City Chiefs with regard to their playoff situation.

Even with Sunday's 45-10 win over the Washington Redskins, the 10-3 Chiefs didn't clinch a playoff spot. But they can finish that piece of business this weekend by beating the 4-9 Raiders in Oakland. The Chiefs don't even have to win to lock up a postseason berth. They also can get in if either the Baltimore Ravens (at Detroit next Monday night) or the Miami Dolphins (at home on Sunday against New England) lose.

So it's almost inevitable the Chiefs will get in, even if they don't this weekend. Once they've clinched, they can start looking ahead to possible playoff opponents. It's almost certain their wild-card round opponent would be the Indianapolis Colts.

The Chiefs are almost certainly headed for the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs. Indianapolis, which has clinched the AFC South, looks destined for the No. 4 seed. Because the Colts are the higher seed, the game would be played in Indianapolis.

The Chiefs and Colts will already play a regular-season game on Dec. 22 at Arrowhead Stadium. That sets up a scenario where the teams would play one another two times in three weeks. The Chiefs recently finished an identical two games in three weeks series against the Denver Broncos.