Win and they’re in.
That’s all the Chiefs, 10-3, have to do on Sunday to clinch a playoff spot for the second straight year, and third time in four seasons.
But that’s not the only way the Chiefs can make the playoffs this week, according to the NFL (which released its scenarios Tuesday).
The Chiefs can also clinch a spot if they lose to the Tennessee Titans, 7-6, as long as the Denver Broncos lose and Baltimore Ravens lose or tie. They can also clinch a spot if the Broncos lose and the Pittsburgh Steelers lose or tie.
The Chiefs can also make the playoffs if they tie the Titans, as long as the Miami Dolphins lose or the Denver Broncos lose or tie.
Even if they don’t clinch a spot this week, the Chiefs are in great position to make the postseason. Fivethirtyeight.com gives the Chiefs a 99 percent chance to reach the playoffs, an 83 percent chance to win the division and an 81 percent chance to earn a first-round bye. Only the New England Patriots have a better chance at an AFC division title.
The NFL has advised the Chiefs to prepare for the playoffs by selling postseason tickets for a potential AFC Wild Card or Divisional round game.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Dec. 23 and can be bought online at Chiefs.com.
The Chiefs will be host to the Titans at noon Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.