The AFC super wild card slate comes to a close Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Kansas City Chiefs.
It’s game five of the NFL’s six-game wild card weekend menu, which includes the first-ever Monday night playoff game.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs (12-5) close out Sunday’s slate hosting the Steelers (9-7) in a classic AFC matchup. NBC has the game in its usual 7:15 p.m. Sunday Night Football slot.
Kansas City began the year in a 2-3 hole, but finished the season on an impressive 10-2 run.
The 12.5 line in favor of the Chiefs is the largest spread of the NFL playoff games. Kansas City was just 2-2 in the four games they were favored by double digitsthis season, however.
Pittsburgh was only once a double-digit underdog once this season, and they failed to cover the spread against … the Chiefs.
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A tale of two quarterbacks
Mahomes threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns in Kansas City’s Week 16 win over the Steelers. WR Byron Pringle had a breakout game at wide receiver, with six catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns.
Kansas City’s star QB finished fourth in the league in passing with 4,839 yards while his 37 passing touchdowns were tied for fourth in the league. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill was third in the NFL this season with 111 receptions while tight end Travis Kelcie was 13th with 92 receptions. Both Kelcie and Hill hauled in nine receiving touchdowns apiece, tied for the ninth-most in the NFL.
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled in the first Chiefs matchup. He went 23-of-35 for 159 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Running back Najee Harris did produce a respectable outing, rushing for 93 yards on 19 carries.
Roethlisberger was 15th in the league in passing in his final regular season, throwing for 3,740 yards, 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, completing 64.5 percent of his passes. Wide receiver Diontae Johnson broke out with an impressive stat line, securing the fourth-most receptions (107) and the 10th-most receiving yards (1,161).
Both teams bring plenty of firepower to the super wild card round and that’s good news for customers who want to give the BetMGM sportsbook in Iowa a try. New customers who bet $10 can win $200 worth of bonus bets if either team reaches the end zone for six points.
Chiefs super wild card odds
This weekend began with the last five Super Bowl champions – Tampa Bay (2021), Kansas City (2020), New England (2019), Philadelphia (2018) and New England again (2017). The 2022 playoffs come on the heels of the NFL’s first-ever 17-game regular season.
Even though the super-sized regular season schedule has come to a close there’s still time to try a new sportsbook in Iowa with a playoff bet. A FanDuel Sportbook offer pays out in cash with a win. That’s a little different than the bonus bet promotions new customers often see in the market.
A pair of NFC wild card games unfold Sunday and lead into the Steelers-Chiefs game:
- The Philadelphia Eagles travel to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a noon game on Fox.
- And, the San Francisco 49ers visit the Dallas Cowboys for a 3:30 p.m. game on CBS.
The Chiefs have appeared in the last two Super Bowls, including a win in 2020. The Steelers have won six Super Bowls. That’s tied for the most all-time.