NFL playoff match-ups set; Chiefs, Packers on top


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Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, in a game against the Washington Redskins on December 8, 2019.

Matthew Szymanowski, Staff Writer

Following the Washington Football Team’s defeat of the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, the regular season of the NFL came to a close.

Now that the season is over, the playoffs are set to begin this upcoming Saturday.

In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs locked up the No. 1 seed and the first-round bye with a 14-2 record.

The red-hot Buffalo Bills locked up the No. 2 seed with a 13-3 record. They will host the 11-5 Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 1:05 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers started off 11-0 but lost four of their last five games. They still earned the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and will host the 11-5 Cleveland Browns, who have not made it to the playoffs since 2002, on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 8:15 p.m.

The Tennessee Titans won their division for the first time since 2008 and earned the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. They will host last season’s MVP Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 1:05 p.m.

Over in the NFC, MVP-favorite Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers went 13-3 and earned the first-round bye.

The New Orleans Saints ended the season at 12-4, earning themselves the No. 2 seed. They will host the 8-8 Chicago Bears on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 4:40 p.m.

The Seattle Seahawks also finished 12-4 but fell to the No. 3 seed. They will host the Los Angeles Rams, who finished 10-6, on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 4:40 p.m.

The final game in the NFC is a bizarre one. The Washington Football Team somehow managed to win their division with a 7-9 record. They will host the 11-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady, on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 8:15 p.m.

By this time next week, there will be only eight teams left standing. While many teams are heavy favorites, anything can happen in the playoffs.

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