The Divisional Round of the 2018-19 NFL Playoffs features a pair of David vs. Goliath matchups after the No. 6 seeds in both the AFC and NFC advanced last week. On the AFC side, that means a matchup between a team that’s been dominant most of the season and one that looked dead in the water halfway into the month of October.
The role of Goliath will be played by the Kansas City Chiefs, who own home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs after capturing the AFC West with a 12-4 record. The Chiefs own the NFL’s best offense and the probable league MVP in quarterback Patrick Mahomes. But there’s a bit of unease in the City of Fountains. The Chiefs dropped two of three to close the season, and Kansas City hasn’t won a postseason game at Arrowhead since Joe Montana was under center.
David, on the other hand is flying high after joining two other teams (including, coincidentally, the Chiefs) in NFL history that have rebounded from a 1-5 start to make the playoffs, the Indianapolis Colts went on the road last week and slapped the crud out of the AFC’s No. 3 seed—racing to a 21-0 lead over the Houston Texans in a game that was over at halftime.
The NFL’s No. 1 team in sacks vs. the No. 1 team in protecting the QB. The league’s top two signal-callers in terms of touchdown passes in Mahomes and Andrew Luck. Two of the game’s most dangerous pass-catchers in Tyreek Hill and TY Hilton.
The first game of the weekend promises plenty of fireworks.