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The Kansas City Chiefs (12-5) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1) Sunday evening at Arrowhead Stadium in the first round of the AFC playoffs. Game time is set for 8:15 PM ET. Both teams picked up victories in the final week of the regular season, with early NFL odds making the Chiefs a -13 point favorites, the point total set at 46½.
The Chiefs begin their playoff push at home after locking in second seed with a road win over the now-coachless Broncos. The offense has been the calling card of this team as they finished second in yardage (405.9 ypg) and fourth in points (28.2 ppg). Quarterback Patrick Mahomes finished second in the league with 4,839 passing yards, third in touchdowns (37).
It was a second inconsistent Chiefs’ defense, though the unit played better during an eight-game winning streak and nine wins in the team’s final 10 games, Overall, they conceded 368.9 yards per game (27th in league) and 251.4 yards through the air (also 27th). The Chiefs did ballhawk their way to 29 takeaways while conceding just 21.4 points per game, good for eighth-best in the league,
After a 1-3 start, Pittsbugh clinched a playoff berth as the seventh (lowest) seed in the AFC. The Steelers showcase their battle-tested defense, led by T.J Watt and Cam Heyward, the pair combining for 32½ sacks. Overall, the unit has 20 takeaways on the year and are conceding 361.1 yards. The 23.4 points per game allowed ranked 20th in the league.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s last game is a post-season game after willing his team into the playoffs with his fifth fourth-quarter comeback of the season. Roethlisberger finished with 22 touchdowns and 3,740 passing yards, while breakout rookie running back Najee Harris ended with exactly 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns.
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