Chiefs Playoffs Picture: Who do Patrick Mahomes-led team face in the 2024 NFL postseason?

The reigning Super Bowl titlist, the Kansas City Chiefs, is wrapping up the season with an 11-6 record, marking one of their more challenging campaigns since Patrick Mahomes assumed leadership from Alex Smith. While Smith steered the Chiefs to multiple playoff appearances, it’s Mahomes who delivered on the Super Bowl stage twice.

Heading into the 2024 NFL Playoffs, the Chiefs are poised for another postseason quest. To better understand the present playoff situation and the team’s previous postseason adventure, let’s go over different chapters of the Chiefs’ playoff history.

Which teams Chiefs will face in 2024 NFL Playoffs?

The road to the Super Bowl for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2024 NFL Playoffs is shaping up to be a challenging journey. After the conclusion of Week 18, the Chiefs are officially set to host the Miami Dolphins in the AFC’s wild-card round.

Leading up to the final week of the regular season, the Chiefs had five potential wild-card opponents in the mix. Nevertheless, the Buffalo Bills’ victory over the Dolphins set Miami as the No. 6 seed in the AFC. It consequently paved the way for a playoff matchup between the Chiefs and the Dolphins. 

The Chiefs had previously faced the Dolphins in Week 9, securing a 21-14 victory. This time, the Kansas City team will need to replicate their success in containing the Dolphins’ offense to advance further in the playoffs.

In addition to the Dolphins, the Chiefs had two other potential opponents leading into the final regular-season game. Sporting News reported that the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers may be the Chiefs’ playoff contenders for the upcoming playoffs.

The 9-7 Steelers entered Week 18 with playoff hopes hanging in the balance. Fortunately, they managed to secure a win against Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens and keep their postseason dreams alive.

Though the Steelers struggled in their first contests, they have now positioned themselves for a potential No. 7 seed. If the Dolphins win on Sunday night, they will secure the No. 6 seed, which will set up a matchup with the Chiefs.

Meanwhile, the least likely scenario for the Chiefs involves a tie between the Bills and the Dolphins on Sunday night. In the event of a tie, the Dolphins would clinch the AFC East, and the Bills would secure the No. 6 seed. This would result in the Chiefs facing the Bills in the wild-card round.

Exploring the Chiefs’ Playoff History

The Kansas City Chiefs boast a rich playoff history that spans over six decades, evolving from the Dallas Texans to the Kansas City Chiefs. Over the course of 64 seasons, from 1960 to 2023, the Chiefs have accumulated a regular-season record of 531-439-12. This includes their tenure as the Dallas Texans before relocating to Kansas City.

Throughout this journey, the Chiefs have experienced the thrill and challenge of postseason battles in 41 games, with a record of 20 wins and 21 losses. The Wild Card Round has been a starting point for the Chiefs in 12 playoff games, securing victories in four instances while facing setbacks in eight.

If you move to their Divisional Round scenario, the Chiefs have engaged in 15 games, winning 7 and falling short in 8.

As the Chiefs progress deeper into the playoffs, the Conference Championship becomes a pivotal battleground. In eight appearances, the Chiefs have emerged victorious in five games.

The glory of the Super Bowl has graced the Chiefs on five occasions, where they have secured victories in three games and faced defeat in two. Delving into the era before the AFL-NFL merger, the Chiefs participated in one championship game (pre-1966). In these contests, they emerged triumphant with a perfect record of 1-0 in this historical contest.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs’ path to the Super Bowl appears to be more complex this year, with various scenarios dictating their potential opponents. The upcoming wild-card matchup against the Dolphins sets the stage for an exciting and competitive start to the Chiefs’ playoff journey in 2024.

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Shabiha Akter

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Shabiha, once a casual observer, has morphed into a die-hard NFL fan. She carefully dissects every play, trade, and strategy. Whether it's breaking down game highlights or predicting playoff outcomes, Shabiha is your go-to source for all things NFL.

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