Divisional Playoff weekend will continue with an AFC battle between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, January 15, 2017.
The time of the game has been pushed back from 1:05 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. because of the ice storm forecast to hit the Kansas City area.
Pittsburgh, coming in off a Wild Card weekend victory over the Miami Dolphins, topped Kansas City by a 43-14 score in Week 4. The Steelers are led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Kansas City, coming in off the bye and with the No. 2 seed in the AFC, posted a 12-4 record during the regular season. The Chiefs are led by quarterback Alex Smith and head coach Andy Reid.
Here's our experts think this NFL playoff game will play out:
James Kratch: Everyone keeps saying this could be the Chiefs' year. But the Steelers are a brutal draw right out of the box. Pittsburgh has already hammered Kansas City in the regular season. This game won't end 43-14, but the Steelers will rack up more points. Steelers 28, Chiefs 21.
Darryl Slater: No Matt Moore for the Steelers to pick on this time around. Arrowhead Stadium will be rocking. The Chiefs haven't played in the AFC title game since 1993. Before this year, they hadn't made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since their 1990-95 run with Marty Schottenheimer. They'll do him proud with a big win. Chiefs 27, Steelers 17.
Connor Hughes: This is a tough one. A really tough one. I'm still not sold on Andy Reid in big game, but the fact Ben Roethlisberger isn't 100 percent has me thinking the Chiefs pull it out. Chiefs 28, Steelers 21.
Joe Giglio: How fast football fans forget. As soon as last week's Dolphins-Steelers game ended, support started flying toward the Steelers for this No. 2 vs. No. 3 battle in the AFC bracket. Never mind that Ben Roethlisberger limped off the field last week, Pittsburgh dominated a rookie quarterback, that this game is in Kansas City or the most overlooked trend in modern NFL history: Andy Reid off the bye. Including the postseason, the Chiefs coach is 19-2 (including 3-0 in the postseason) off a bye. Pittsburgh is good. Kansas City is better--and has a coach that dominates in this spot. Chiefs 27, Steelers 23.Giants JPP: 'I'm not signing a one-year deal'
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