When Does Kansas City Play in the Playoffs?

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In order to make the playoffs, the Kansas City team needs to have a good regular season record. The regular season consists of 16 games, and the games are played over a 17 week period. The Kansas City team plays in the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). The AFC has 16 teams, and the Kansas City team is in the AFC West division. There are 4 divisions in each conference, and each division has 4 teams. At the end of the regular season, the top 6 teams in each conference make the playoffs. The 2 division winners with the best records in each conference get a bye week, which means they automatically advance to the second round of playoffs. The other 4 teams play each other in the first round of playoffs, and then the 2 winners advance to play the 2 division winners who got a bye week. Finally, the 4 remaining teams play each other until there is only 1 team left standing from each conference. These 2 teams then compete against each other in the Super Bowl, which is the biggest game of the year.

Kansas City’s Playoff History

The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The team was founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans by businessman Lamar Hunt and was a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). In 1963, the team relocated to Kansas City, Missouri, and were renamed the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs joined the NFL as a result of the AFL–NFL merger in 1970.


The Kansas City Chiefs have been to the playoffs 29 times in their 54-year history. They have won 15 division championships, and six conference championships. The Chiefs have also appeared in two Super Bowls, winning one in 1970.

The Chiefs’ first appearance came in 1962, when they lost to the Houston Oilers in the AFL Championship game. The following year, they made it back to the championship game, but lost again, this time to the Dallas Texans. In 1966 and 1967, the Chiefs won back-to-back Western Division titles, but failed to make it to the championship game either year.

It wasn’t until 1970 that the Chiefs finally broke through and won the AFL Championship, defeating the Oakland Raiders 17-7. They went on to face the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, and won easily by a score of 23-7. This would prove to be the high point of their pre-merger history, as they would only make it back to the playoffs four more times before the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

In 1971, the Chiefs won their third Western Division title in four years, but lost to Miami Dolphins in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. The following year, they made it back to the AFC Championship game, but lost again to Miami. In 1973 and 1974, Kansas City failed to make the playoffs.

The Chiefs returned to prominence in 1975 behind rookie running back Joe Delaney and veteran quarterback Mike Livingston. They went 11-3 and won their fourth division title in franchise history. However, they once again fell short in the playoffs, losing 28-14 to Pittsburgh in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

It wouldn’t be until 1986 that Kansas City made it back to the playoffs. Led by QB Bill Kenney and a defense that featured future Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas, they went 10-6 and won their fifth division title. However, they were once again disappointed in the playoffs as they lost 27-24 in overtime to eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants


In the NFL’s post-merger history, the Chiefs have qualified for the playoffs 27 times, including nine berths in a row from 1990 to 1998. They have won 16 playoff games, including eight division championships and one conference championship. Their most recent appearance came in 2019, when they defeated the Texans but lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

The Chiefs began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), and joined the NFL as part of the AFL–NFL merger of 1970. They have played their home games at Arrowhead Stadium since 1972.

Kansas City’s Playoff Chances in 2019

In order to make the playoffs, the Kansas City Chiefs need to win their division, which is the AFC West. They are currently in first place with a record of 9-4. They have a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Chargers and the Oakland Raiders, who are both 7-6. The Chiefs also have a one-game lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are 8-5.

AFC West

The Chiefs have not clinched the AFC West, but they are in the driver’s seat heading into the final week of the season. They need a win or a Chargers loss to take the division title. The Chiefs will be division champions for the fifth time in six years if they win or tie against the Raiders on Sunday.

AFC Wild Card

The Kansas City Chiefs are in the AFC West with the Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs have clinched a playoff berth and will be the AFC’s No. 5 seed. They will play the AFC East winner in the Wild Card round.


The Kansas City Royals play in the playoffs.

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