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Here is the wacky scenario that would have Chiefs open playoffs at Indianapolis

Andy Reid on the team's playoff scenarios

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke on Monday about the team's playoff seeding as the Chiefs enter the final week of the 2015 NFL regular season. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcstar.com
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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke on Monday about the team's playoff seeding as the Chiefs enter the final week of the 2015 NFL regular season. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcstar.com

You’d be hard-pressed to find even the most die-hard Colts fans who thinks this is going to happen.

Thanks to Denver’s overtime win over the Bengals on Monday night, Indianapolis has a chance to make the playoffs. The thing is, nine games on Sunday have to go a certain way for the Colts to make the playoffs.

1. The 7-8 Colts have to beat the 3-12 Titans.

2. The 5-10 Jaguars have to win at the 8-7 Texans.

3. The 7-8 Raiders have to beat the 10-5 Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

4. The 9-6 Steelers have to win at 3-12 Cleveland.

5. The 11-4 Broncos have to beat the 4-11 Chargers.

6. The 8-7 Falcons have to win at 6-9 New Orleans. (Yes, an NFC game is a factor)

7. The 7-8 Bills have to beat the 10-5 Jets.

8. The 5-10 Dolphins have to beat the 12-3 Patriots.

9. The 5-10 Ravens have to win at 11-4 Cincinnati.

The Chiefs are in the playoffs but will have to wait until after Sunday's games to find out who and where they will be playing in the playoffs, which start the weekend of Jan. 9. Here's a primer that explains the various scenarios.

Change even one of those games, and the Texans win the division. Crazy to think that Atlanta-New Orleans holds the part of the Colts’ fate.

If that all happens, the Chiefs would be the No. 5 seed and would open the playoffs at No. 4 Indianapolis.

Needing nine of the 16 games being played this weekend to have a certain outcome is why this Twitter meme was made:

Let’s just say that confidence is not high at the moment among anyone who follows the Colts, football or maybe even sports:

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