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NFL playoff picture: What does Chiefs-Raiders mean for AFC standings

The Chiefs face the Raiders in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 7. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

Quarterback Jarrett Stidham #3 of the Las Vegas Raiders signals at the line of scrimmage during the first half of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium on January 01, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images

Sunday update: The Bills beat the Patriots, which means the Chiefs don’t truly have home-field advantage throughout, but do get the bye and home field except if they meet the Bills in the AFC Championship, which would be held at a neutral site.

Results update: Kansas City routed Las Vegas in its season finale and has officially clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC along with a first-round bye. If the Bills lose to the Patriots on Sunday, the Chiefs will have outright homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. If the Bills win, then a potential Bills-Chiefs AFC Championship Game will be held at a neutral site.

The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 18 of the NFL season. Kickoff from Allegiant Stadium is set for 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET, with the game airing on ESPN and ABC. Despite the Raiders being eliminated from playoff contention, this game still has playoff ties.

Chiefs playoff picture

With the cancelation of the Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals game due to the unfortunate incident involving Damar Hamlin, the Chiefs’ road to the No. 1 seed in the AFC looks a lot easier.

All the Chiefs have to do now is beat the Raiders in Week 18 to earn the No. 1 spot and a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. Kansas City could lose their clash with the Raiders and still earn a first-round bye if the Patriots defeat the Bills in the final game of the campaign. However, if the Chiefs lose and the Bills win then the Chiefs would be the two-seed.

If that happens, the Chiefs would then play either the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots or Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card Round of the 2023 NFL playoffs.