We’re through the AFC Wild Card round, and that means the Divisional Round matchups are set. The Kansas City Chiefs have waited patiently for their opponent to be decided, and here’s the lineup for next weekend.
Baltimore Ravens @ Buffalo Bills, Saturday, January 16, 8:15 p.m. ET, NBC
Lamar Jackson won his first career playoff game on Sunday by topping the Titans in the Wild Card Round on the road. The third-year quarterback threw for 179 yards and ran for an additional 136 and a score on 16 carries. Marquise Brown exploded for 107 receiving yards and a score on seven catches to keep his hot streak going while Baltimore’s defense held Derrick Henry to just 40 rushing yards on 18 carries. The Ravens are running hot and could be a real threat to the Bills if they fire on all cylinders in the second round.
The Bills extended their winning streak to seven games by topping the Colts by 3 points in a Wild Card Round thriller. Josh Allen did a little bit of everything by throwing for 324 yards and a score while also chipping in with a rushing score. His receiving corps is healthy again now that John Brown is back in the fold, and his return only makes Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, and Gabriel Davis more dangerous. The Ravens will have their hands full trying to slow down one of the hottest teams in the league.
Cleveland Browns @ Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, January 17, 3:05 p.m. ET, CBS
The Browns stunned the Steelers, jumping out to a huge lead and taking everything the Steelers could muster. Cleveland scored a defensive touchdown on the first play of the game, secured an interception on the next series, and before long had a 35-7 lead. They nearly blew it late, but made some key offensive plays to secure a 48-37 win and claim their first playoff victory since 1995. Consistency has been a problem for Cleveland, but when the offense plays like it did on Sunday, they can be dangerous.
The Chiefs finished the regular season with a league-best 15-1 record and were only shocked by the Raiders in Week 5. The reigning champs have looked extremely dominant at times but have also been in quite a few tough games that required come-from-behind victories. Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill are tough to stop when firing on all cylinders so the Browns could have a very tough time taking them down at Arrowhead Stadium.