AFC playoff brackets for 2014 reveal some intriguing match-ups. The 2014 AFC playoff brackets were finally set in stone late Sunday afternoon (Dec. 29). When the Denver Broncos blew out the Oakland Raiders, they clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the conference. It guarantees the team home field advantage throughout the postseason now.
The New England Patriots clinched the No. 2 seed by beating the Buffalo Bills and finishing the regular season with a 12-4 record. The rest of the seeding feel into place after that, but most analysts found it extremely shocking that the San Diego Chargers took advantage of a chance at the postseason by beating the reserves of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chargers needed overtime, but thanks to a win over the Chiefs and losses by the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins, San Diego is in the postseason. They clinch the second wild card and will now face the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild card round. It was an improbable finish to the season, but it now gives the AFC West three teams in the postseason.
The Bengals clinched that No. 3 seed by winning the AFC North and holding the tie-breaker over the Indianapolis Colts. It puts the Colts in the No. 4 slot, giving them a first round game against the Chiefs. The Chiefs already clinched that first wild card spot and the No. 5 seed last week, which is why they rested nearly every starter on the roster during Week 17.
2014 AFC Playoff Brackets:
No. 4 Indianapolis Colts vs. No. 5 Kansas City Chiefs
No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals vs. No. 6 San Diego Chargers
Worst remaining seed plays No. 1 Denver Broncos in second round.
Best remaining seed plays No. 2 New England Patriots in second round.
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