How the Chiefs got to the AFC Championship Game: Key draft picks, wins, 2022 NFL playoff results and more


The No. 2 seed Kansas City Chiefs are one game away from making it back to the Super Bowl for a third consecutive season.

After a 3-4 start, the Chiefs rallied to win eight straight games and nine of their last 10 during the regular season. Kansas City got off to a slow start against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Wild Card Weekend, but it didn’t take long for Patrick Mahomes to heat up en route to a five-touchdown performance that resulted in a dominant 42-21 victory.

Next up was the Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills in a rematch of the AFC Championship game from the 2020 season. It was the final game of an incredible slate of Divisional Round matchups. After the first three games of the weekend were all decided by a walk-off field goal, the Bills and Chiefs decided to add even more spice, combining for 25 points in the final two minutes of the game and heading into overtime after a Harrison Butker 49-yard game-tying field goal. The Chiefs scored on the opening possession, and because of the NFL’s overtime rules, the Bills didn’t get a chance to respond. The Chiefs won it 42-36 and will now face the Bengals in the AFC Championship game.

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Wild Card round results

  • 42-21 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Divisional round results

  • 42-36 victory against the Buffalo Bills (OT)

2021 NFL Draft picks

  • Round 2: No. 58 – Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
  • Round 2: No. 63 – Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
  • Round 4: No. 144 (compensatory) – Joshua Kaindoh, DE, Florida State 
  • Round 5: No. 162 (from MIA through LV and NYJ) – Noah Gray, TE, Duke
  • Round 5: No. 181 (compensatory) – Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson
  • Round 6: No. 226 (from CAR through NYJ) – Trey Smith, G, Tennessee

READ MORE: Chiefs draft picks 2021: All of Kansas City’s selections, NFL draft results

Key personnel: Coaches and players

  • Head coach: Andy Reid
  • Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes
  • Wide receiver: Tyreek Hill
  • Tight end: Travis Kelce
  • Safety: Tyrann Mathieu
  • Defensive end: Melvin Ingram

Chiefs regular season results

  • Overall record: 12-5
  • Key wins/biggest win of the season: 48-9 victory against Las Vegas Raiders in Week 14

Chiefs recent playoff history

  • Won sixth straight AFC West title this season… Lost Super Bowl LV to Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 season

Looking ahead to Bengals vs. Chiefs in the AFC Championship

Mahomes and the Chiefs will host Joe Burrow and the Bengals on Sunday. The two teams met in Week 17 of the regular season in Cincinnati, with the Bengals pulling off one of the biggest wins of their season, a 34-31 victory on a 20-yard Evan McPherson field goal in the final seconds. This time, however, they’ll be in Chiefs country at Arrowhead Stadium, with Kansas City coming off a thrilling overtime win over the Bills. That Divisional game was one of the all-time greats, with Mahomes showcasing what makes him so special at the quarterback position, and playmakers like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce stepping up in key moments (Hill had 11 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown, while Kelce snagged the game-winning eight-yard touchdown reception in overtime).

The Bengals win in the Divisional Round came despite Burrow being sacked nine times, which equaled a playoff record, and Kansas City will likely look to exploit an offensive line that’s shown its shortcomings in protecting the quarterback. On the offensive side of the ball, the Chiefs have scored 42 points in each of their playoff wins, with Mahomes going 33/44 for 378 pass yards and 3 touchdowns against the Bills. The Bengals pass defense struggled in the regular season, allowing 248.4 yards per game (7th-most in the NFL).

Including playoffs, the Chiefs are 9-2 at home this season, but the Bengals have already shown their ability to win on the road in the postseason against a higher-seeded opponent.

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Regular season record against playoff teams

In the regular season, the Chiefs went 6-3 against the Bengals.


  • 42-30 vs. Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4
  • 13-7 vs. Green Bay Packers in Week 9
  • 41-14 vs. Las Vegas Raiders in Week 10
  • 19-9 vs. Dallas Cowboys in Week 11
  • 48-9 vs. Las Vegas Raiders in Week 14
  • 36-10 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 16


  • 38-20 vs. Buffalo Bills in Week 5
  • 27-3 vs. Tennessee Titans in Week 7
  • 34-31 vs. Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17

How can I watch and live stream Super Bowl 2022?

  • When: Sunday, February 13, 2022
  • Where: SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Live streamPeacock, NBC Sports app,
  • Follow along with ProFootballTalk and NBC Sports for NFL news, updates, scores, injuries and more

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NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

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And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

19. Kyler Murray (AZ)

18. Derek Carr (NO)

17. Jared Goff (DET)

16. Ryan Tannehill (TEN)

15. Geno Smith (SEA)

14. Russell Wilson (DEN)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

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When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

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When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

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