It remains to be seen if the Chiefs will host a home playoff game — that depends on a variety of factors on the final weekend of the regular season — but optimistic fans will have an opportunity to purchase home playoff tickets this week.
The Chiefs announced Tuesday that tickets for a potential AFC wild-card home game will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Arrowhead Stadium ticket office on the northwest side of the stadium.
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The Chiefs will also continue their policy of allowing Jackson County taxpayers to get first crack at tickets, as the team will begin a priority presale for those residents starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Those fans must bring one form of identification that includes a photo of the person purchasing the tickets and a personal 2014 Jackson County property tax receipt. Spouses residing at the same address will be allowed to purchase tickets, even if the property tax receipt is in the other spouse’s name. No phone orders will be accepted for this specific presale event.
Fans who purchase single-game tickets will be refunded the full amount back to the method of payment if the Chiefs do not end up hosting a playoff game.
The Chiefs, 10-5, will host a playoff game that weekend if they beat the Oakland Raiders, 7-8, on Sunday and the Denver Broncos, 11-4, lose at home to the Chargers, 4-11. If that happens, the Chiefs will win the AFC West for the first time since 2010 because they own a tiebreaker over the Broncos — a better division record — and be the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs.
The Broncos, however, can clinch the No. 2 seed, and a first-round bye in the playoffs, with a victory over the Chargers. They can even get the No. 1 seed if they win and the Patriots lose to the Dolphins.
The other seed possibilities for the Chiefs are No. 5 and No. 6. The Chiefs will be the fifth seed if they finish behind the Broncos and are tied with either the New York Jets, 10-5, or Pittsburgh Steelers, 9-6. In that case, they would travel to Houston to face the likely AFC South champion Texans, 8-7, in the wild-card round.
Kansas City will be the sixth seed if it loses and the Jets defeat the Buffalo Bills, 7-8.
The schedule for the wild-card games has not been announced yet, but games will be played on Saturday, Jan. 9, and Sunday, Jan. 10.
The Star’s Blair Kerkhoff contributed to this report.