NFL playoff bracket: Who will Chiefs play in 2023 divisional round?


For the third time in the Patrick Mahomes era, the Chiefs have finished the regular season in sole possession of first place in the AFC.

Heavy may be the head that wears the crown, but few teams have proved as resilient as Kansas City over the years.

After the offseason departure of star wideout Tyreek Hill, Kansas City looked ready to take a slight step back in 2022. But Cheetah’s move seemed to galvanize an offense that still had an embarrassment of riches.

Travis Kelce was his usual touchdown-scoring self. Rookie running back Isiah Pacheco averaged nearly 5 yards a carry. And Mahomes . . .  well, Mahomes is the presumptive pick for NFL MVP.

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Life is good in the BBQ capital of the world. It should get better soon; the Chiefs are gearing up for yet another postseason push, one that will start with a date in the divisional round.

But who can K.C. face? The Sporting News has you covered.

2023 NFL playoff bracket

NFL playoff bracket 2023

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Who will the Chiefs play in the divisional round?

Kansas City comes into the playoffs not knowing who it will play in the divisional round, but it does know that the game will be played at Arrowhead Stadium.

Things could shake out in a number of ways, depending on the results of this week’s games. Kansas City is guaranteed to play the lowest-seeded AFC team remaining after the wild-card round.

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If the seventh-seeded Dolphins upset the second-seeded Bills on Sunday, Kansas City will have a date with Miami in the heartland.

In the event that the Bills beat the Dolphins, the Chiefs’ divisional round opponent could be one of three teams, depending on results: the fourth-seeded Jaguars, the fifth-seeded Chargers or the sixth-seeded Ravens.

Here’s a look at all the possible divisional round matchups in the AFC:

  • No. 1 Chiefs vs. No. 4 Jaguars
  • No. 1 Chiefs vs. No. 5 Chargers
  • No. 1 Chiefs vs. No. 6 Ravens
  • No. 1 Chiefs vs. No. 7 Dolphins
  • No. 2 Bills vs. No. 3 Bengals
  • No. 2 Bills vs. No. 4 Jaguars
  • No. 2 Bills vs. No. 5 Chargers
  • No. 3 Bengals vs. No. 4 Jaguars
  • No. 3 Bengals vs. No. 5 Chargers
  • No. 4 Jaguars vs. No. 6 Ravens
  • No. 5 Chargers vs. No. 6 Ravens

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