When it comes to NFL playoff seeding, Chiefs don’t want to take the fifth



December 21, 2018 - 2:07 PM

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steve Nelson (20) intercepts a pass from Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers intended for receiver Tyrell Williams (16) early in the first quarter at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 13. Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS

It was there for the taking last week. The AFC West title and a first-round bye in the playoffs were among the thresholds that would have been crossed had the Chiefs held on to a late two-touchdown lead against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Poof. All gone in a matter of minutes. But those objectives remain within the Chiefs’ grasp. Win out, starting Sunday night in Seattle against the Seahawks, and the Chiefs will be the AFC’s top seed.

It’s obvious to suggest owning the No. 1 seed is the goal. But here are some supporting numbers.

January 5, 2021
January 16, 2019
December 24, 2018
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