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Patriots to host Chiefs in Divisional Playoff
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Kansas City’s dominant victory over the Texans combined with Pittsburgh’s stunningly-chaotic win over the Bengals on Wild Card Weekend means the Chiefs will head to Foxborough next Saturday evening to take on the Patriots in the Divisional Playoff.
As the No. 2 seed in the AFC New England faces the highest remaining seed in the conference, the Chiefs, while the No. 1-seed Broncos host the lowest remaining seed, the Steelers.
Kansas City is the hottest team in the NFL at this point, having won 11 straight games after a 1-5 start to 2015 season that seemed to have Andy Reid’s team left for dead. But coming off their first playoff win in more than two decades, Saturday afternoon’s 30-0 domination of Bill O’Brien’s overmatched squad in Houston, the Chiefs will be looking to continue to roll against the defending Super Bowl champions.
The last time these two teams met, in Week 4 of last season, the Chiefs embarrassed Bill Belichick’s team 41-14 in Kansas City in front of a national TV audience. The loss, though, sparked a New England run to the postseason that ended in Lombardi glory last February.
New England has won four straight AFC Divisional Playoff games at Gillette Stadium as the team has advanced to at least the AFC title game each season dating back to 2011.
The Patriots had the bye weekend off to heal up after battling a variety of injuries down the stretch, and the team is hoping to get a number of players back for its first postseason affair including Julian Edelman, Sebastian Vollmer, Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower.
Kansas City, on the other hand, has plenty of momentum heading into Saturday’s action but may have lost a key figure as wide receiver Jeremy Maclin left the Wild Card game in the third quarter with what was a seemingly serious knee injury.
The Patriots and Chiefs have never met previously in the postseason. Read