It is not like the New England Patriots can’t go to the Super Bowl as a No. 2 seed. They did it just in the previous season. But the road to the Super Bowl in the AFC is very probable to go through Baltimore. The second straight loss of the Patriots, a rare 23-16 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, puts the Ravens in a position in which they require to go only 2-1 to uphold the top seed in the conference. The 11-2 Ravens baste the 10-3 Patriots earlier this season. The 9-4 Chiefs, meantime, lead the 8-5 Houston Texans by a match for the No. Three seed, and that matters too. The Chiefs would much rather face whoever wins the rock battle to be the No. 6 seed than the Buffalo Bills, who are very probable to be the fifth seed.
After Sunday, the Chiefs getting a top-two seed and a first-round bye are not out of the question. After all, they have a head-to-head success over the Patriots. The Patriots struggle most of the match on iniquity but were still in the game at the end. James White had a long pass to Jakobi Meyers on a tricky play. Tom Brady ran for a last first down. But on fourth-and-3 deep in Chief’s realm in the final minutes, a pass to Julian Edelman in the end zone was beaten up by cornerback Bashaud Breeland on a grand play.
The Chiefs have not had the kind of season they desired to follow up their AFC West Championship and No. 1 seed from the last season. But the resistance played well, and quarterback Patrick Mahomes made a few plays. They are still a dangerous team and displayed Sunday. They can go on the road and breech quality teams. The Patriots are in a late-season funk, and it possibly means their best-case scenario is continuing on the way for the AFC championship game against Baltimore. The Patriots will require the Ravens to lose twice.