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2019 NFL playoff schedule: Chiefs beat Colts; AFC Championship to be played in Kansas City

The AFC will go through Arrowhead Stadium.

Divisional Round - Indianapolis Colts v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by David Euilitt/Getty Images

While their opponent is not yet set, the Kansas City Chiefs already know that they will play at home next week: courtesy of their 31-13 victory over the visiting Indianapolis Colts, the AFC’s number one seed will host the conference’s championship game next Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs dominated the contest from start to finish, jumping to an early 17-0 lead before the Colts could even respond.

Indianapolis never was able to get back into the game and Kansas City cruised to its 13th victory of the year. Now, the team will host its first AFC title game since 1993. The game will take place next Sunday, January 13, at 6:40 p.m. ET and will see the Chiefs either host the New England Patriots or their division rival Los Angeles Chargers. The conference’s second and fifth seed will go at each other tomorrow.

Kansas City, of course, is not unbeatable at home. But while the Chiefs lost in week 15 against the Chargers by a score of 29-28, the squad will be favored next week no matter the opponent. L.A. obviously beat Kansas City this year already, and so did the Patriots: New England won the two teams’ meeting in week six by a score of 43-40. That game, of course, was played at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium.

The NFC Championship Game will be played next Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET and feature the Los Angeles Rams: the conference’s second seed defeated the visiting Dallas Cowboys 30-22 behind a devastating ground attack and a solid defensive performance. Where the NFC title game takes place will be decided tomorrow between the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. If the Saints win, the championship game will take place in New Orleans — if not, L.A. will host it.

Welcome to a special Divisional Round Playoff edition of Pats Pulpit Live! The Chiefs are moving onto the AFC Championship Game, and the road to Atlanta will have to go through Kansas City.

Posted by Pats Pulpit: For New England Patriots News on Saturday, January 12, 2019