Chiefs defeat Raiders to clinch AFC No. 1 seed and a first-round bye

By Nitin Singh

The Kansas City Chiefs have clinched the top seed in the AFC for the third time in the past five years.

Kansas City defeated the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday by a score of 31-13.

conference's top seed,  receives a bye in the first round and maybe home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

The Chiefs have held the top seed three times with quarterback Patrick Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid.They previously accomplished this in 2018 and 2020.

In the Divisional Round of the playoffs, the Chiefs, who have won the AFC West for seven straight seasons, will host the team with the lowest remaining AFC seed (Jan. 21-22).

Buffalo would play the Chiefs in the AFC championship game if they defeat New England on Sunday. That game would take place at a neutral site.

A potential Bills-Chiefs championship game would take place in Kansas City if Buffalo loses in Week 18.

The Kansas City Chiefs and the Las Vegas Raiders both showed their support for Damar Hamlin before the first NFL game following the Buffalo Bills safety's breakdown. 

Hamlin, 24, experienced a heart attack on the field, during a game on Monday against the Cincinnati Bengals.