Jan 11, 2021 4:38 AM

Chiefs to host Browns in AFC divisional playoff game Sunday

Posted Jan 11, 2021 4:38 AM


St. Joseph Post

The Kansas City Chiefs (14-2) now know their playoff opponent.

Kansas City, the No. 1 seed, will host No. 6 seed Cleveland (12-5) at Arrowhead Stadium in an AFC divisional playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 2:05 p.m. central. The game will be televised by CBS.

It can also be heard on 680 AM/107.9 and 95.3 FM, KFEQ and 92.7 FM KSJQ (Q Country) in St. Joseph.

The winner gets a spot in the AFC championship game on Jan. 24.

The Browns upset AFC East rival and No. 2 seed Pittsburgh, 48-37, on Sunday night at Heinz Field after jumping out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and forcing five Steeler turnovers.

Sunday's result marks Cleveland's first playoff win since 1994. The Browns are in the playoffs this season for the first time since 2002.

Cleveland wasn't able to practice this past week until Friday due to a COVID-19 outbreak that sidelined several players and staff, including head coach Kevin Stefanski and Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio.

Stefanski will be back on the sidelines next Sunday for the Browns, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Kansas City, who was idle this weekend with a first-round bye, has had the No. 1 seed locked up in the AFC bracket since Dec. 27, 2020, after their 17-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons in week 16.

As the No. 1 seed, the Chiefs are rewarded both home field advantage and a matchup with the lowest seeded team to make it out of the wildcard round.

The Chiefs rested nearly all of their starters in week 17, resulting in an overall meaningless 38-21 loss to the L.A. Chargers last weekend.

The Chiefs and Browns haven't played in over two years. The last matchup resulted in a 37-21 win for Kansas City on Nov. 4, 2018 in Cleveland.

The Chiefs lead the all-time series with the Browns 13-11-2, and have won four of the last five meetings dating back to 2010.

Cleveland hasn't beaten Kansas City since Dec. 9, 2012 - a 30-7 trouncing at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns and Chiefs have never met in the postseason before.

Other wildcard scores

Baltimore 20 Tennessee 13
Buffalo 27 Indianapolis 24

New Orleans 21 Chicago 9
Los Angeles Rams 30 Seattle 20
Tampa Bay 31 Washington 23

Divisional round schedule

Cleveland @ Kansas City - Sunday, Jan. 17 at 2:05 p.m. CT (CBS).
Baltimore @ Buffalo - Saturday, Jan. 16 at 7:16 p.m. CT (NBC).

Los Angeles @ Green Bay - Saturday, Jan. 16 at 3:35 p.m. CT (FOX).
Tampa Bay @ New Orleans -Sunday, Jan. 17 at 5:40 p.m. CT (FOX).

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