Chiefs win, Pats loss, give KC 2nd seed in AFC playoffs

AP News Staff
December 30, 2019 - 4:37 am
Dec 29, 2019; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Daniel Sorensen (49) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -  Mecole Hardman and Damien Williams led the Chiefs to a 31-21 victory over the Chargers that allowed Kansas City to leapfrog New England for the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a first-round playoff bye.

Hardman returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown and Williams ran for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His second came just as the Dolphins were scoring the go-ahead TD in their 27-24 win in Foxborough. The combination of outcomes means New England will play next week while the Chiefs can begin preparing for the divisional round.

Dec 29, 2019; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass during the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Brady and the Patriots will be playing in the postseason a week earlier than usual this year. The defending Super Bowl champs open the playoffs during wild-card weekend for the first time since 2009. 

The Baltimore Ravens earned the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, followed by the Chiefs, who will play the higher remaining seed after Wild Card Weekend. The remaining teams are, in order, the New England Patriots, the Houston Texans, the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans.

The NFC playoff teams are the San Francisco 49ers, the Green Bay Packers, the New Orleans Saints, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings.

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