Chiefs to face Steelers in playoffs with Wild Card
With the Los Angeles Chargers eliminated from the playoffs courtesy of the Las Vegas Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs’ first opponent for the 2022 playoffs has been decided.
The Chiefs will face the Pittsburgh Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium in the Wild-Card playoff round. The game will be played Sunday January 16 on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
The Tennessee Titans finished the regular season as the AFC’s No.1 seed, so they’ll start the playoffs with a week off. The Raiders face the Bengals in Cincinnati at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan.15 on NBC. The New England Patriots face the Bills in Buffalo at 8:15 p.m. ET Saturday on CBS.
As for the NFC, the Green Bay Packers finished as the No.1 seed, so they start the playoffs with a week off. The Philadelphia Eagles face the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox. The San Francisco 49ers will face the Cowboys in Dallas at 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS and Nickelodeon. Finally, the Arizona Cardinals face the Rams in Los Angeles on Monday, January 17 at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.
KC opens as big favorite against PIT
With Kansas City’s playoff opener now set in stone, sportsbook love the Chiefs’ chances of overtaking the playoff round one. The defending AFC champions are 13-point favorites in their home game against the Steelers, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.
The large point differential is likely due to the fact that the two teams faced off on December 26, in a game in which the Chiefs beat the Steelers 36-10. In this game, the Kansas City defense dominated; they forced three turnovers and only allowed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to throw for 159 yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs offense looked fluid on this outing. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 30 attempted passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns. With wide receiver Tyreek Hill catching just two passes for 19 yards in that game and tight end Travis Kelce being held out of the contest, Byron Pringle was the other wide receiver who came to home plate. Against Pittsburgh, Pringle caught six passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns.
Fans react to the match between the Chiefs and the Steels
With the game now set, NFL fans took to Twitter to provide their thoughts on Kansas City’s 2022 playoff opener.
âI mean, it’s obvious the Chiefs are the favorites to win the game, but games are meant to be played. Anything can happen, and the Steelers are motivated to give Ben one more shot and we literally have nothing to lose. I know it will be a different game than the one we saw 2 weeks ago, âGeorge wrote.
“Hey Steelers fans all over the world #RaiderNation You’re welcome. Now go beat the Chiefs, â@young_stud_ wrote.
“Joke whatever you want. They’ve been making everyone clowns all season.” The Steelers will once again get a villain w against the bosses and a villainous w against the Titans. you can never bet against them no matter how favorable the other team is to winning. In the end, I will lose against the Bengals, âCarlos Camacho wrote.
âI’m a fan of chefs and any Sunday. The chefs look mediocre so it might be close but not a blowout, âThe_Unknown wrote.
“It’s no secret that chefs are in a better position than #Steels, especially offensively. More capable, more consistent, superlatives are unnecessary. Our offense is also not going to reinvent the wheel in 7 short days, our way of winning is to keep the matches close, âwrote Thomas Roper.