The AFC Playoffs are set, as the NFL moves to a new playoff format with three wild card games and only one first-round bye. The defending champion Kansas City Chiefs are the No. 1 seed.
Let's look at the full bracket after the completion of the late-afternoon window of AFC games in Week 17.
AFC playoff bracket is set:
-Colts at Buffalo
-Browns at Steelers
-Ravens at Titans
No. 1 seed is #ChiefsKingdom
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The Buffalo Bills wrapped up the No. 2 seed on Sunday by beating the Miami Dolphins. In previous years, that No. 2 seed would have carried a wild-card bye, but this season, under the new format, the Bills have to play a wild card game on Saturday, Jan. 9 or Sunday, Jan. 10. They do get the advantage of hosting two straight games before the AFC Championship Game, much as the No. 2 seed in the NFC will get the same advantage in this new playoff format.
As the 2 seed, the Bills will host the No. 7 seed Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card Game next weekend. If the Colts win, they will visit the top-seeded Chiefs in the divisional round.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the No. 3 seed and will host the No. 6 seed Cleveland Browns in the AFC Wild Card Game. If the No. 7 seeded Colts beat the Bills, the Steelers could host the divisional round game if they win the wild card game. If the Bills and Steelers both win, Buffalo hosts Pittsburgh in a divisional round game.
If the Bills win their wild card game, the Chiefs will host the lowest remaining AFC seed after the wild card round. It could be the No. 6 seed if the beat the Steelers. If Pittsburgh beats the 6 seed and Buffalo beats the 7 seed, the Chiefs would be guaranteed to host the winner of the 4-versus-5 wild card game between the host Tennessee Titans and the visiting Baltimore Ravens.
There will be three wild card games on Saturday, Jan. 9 and three on Sunday, Jan. 10, as a result of the addition of a No. 7 seed in each conference. Kickoff times and TV network assignments for the entire playoffs, not just the AFC, will be released later on Sunday evening.