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How the Chiefs can clinch AFC’s No. 1 seed in Week 18

The Chiefs are headed to the playoffs as AFC West champions. We break down what they need to do to clinch the AFC’s No. 1 seed in the 2022 NFL playoffs.

A general view of the Kansas City Chiefs logo is seen at the 50 yard line on the field at Arrowhead Stadium in action during an NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs on September 23, 2018, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Sunday update: The Titans beat the Texans 28-25 on Sunday, which means they clinched the No. 1 seed, a first round bye, and home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Chiefs are the No. 2 seed in the AFC.

Saturday update: The Chiefs beat the Broncos 28-24 and have clinched no worse than the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff bracket. The Chiefs clinch the top seed if the Titans lose to the Texans on Sunday.

The NFL wraps up the regular season this weekend with Week 18, and the Kansas City Chiefs road game against the Denver Broncos has been given a spotlight. The game was moved from Sunday to Saturday and will air in a solo time slot on ESPN and ABC at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The Chiefs are a 10.5-point favorite and -490 to win at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Chiefs are AFC West champions, and with the No. 1 seed still within reach, they are unlikely to rest their starters. Kansas City can clinch the AFC’s No. 1 seed and lone first round bye with a win and Titans loss or tie, or a tie and a Titans loss.

Kansas City and Tennessee are currently tied for first in the AFC, but the Titans have the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage. They beat the Chiefs 27-3 in Week 7 to set them up free and clear in the event of a tie.

If the Chiefs beat the Broncos, they’re guaranteed no worse than the No. 2 seed. If the Chiefs lose to the Broncos, they would need significant help to remain No. 2, and otherwise would be looking at either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed. That would include losses or ties by the Bengals, Bills, and Patriots. The Bengals are resting Joe Burrow against the Browns while the Bills and Patriots will both send out their starters with the AFC East title on the line.