Chiefs to face Steelers in first playoff game

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Kansas City Chiefs now know who they'll play in next week's divisional round of the AFC playoffs.

After avoiding the AFC Wildcard round with a bye, the AFC West division champion Chiefs will now gear up for the PIttsburgh Steelers for a 12:05 p.m. kickoff Jan. 15 at Arrowhead Stadium. The game will be televised on NBC.

Sunday, Pittsburgh earned the right to face the Chiefs by ending Miami's brief postseason return.

The Steelers beat the Dolphins 30-12 in Miami's first playoff game since 2008. The Dolphins have not won a playoff game since 2000.

Antonio Brown caught a pair of touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell broke Franco Harris' team record for rushing yards in a postseason game - a mark that had stood since the 1975 Super Bowl. Bell had two touchdowns and 167 rushing yards.

The Steelers avenged a 15-point loss at Miami earlier this season by racing to a fast start against the Dolphins. Pittsburgh had 219 total yards in the first quarter - the most in the first quarter of a playoff game since 1991.

Now, it's the Chiefs' turn to try and avenge a loss from earlier this season. In week 4, the Steelers handled KC, 43-14 in Pittsburgh. The Kansas City Star takes a look at the Chiefs historic playoff struggles, which includes a 3-13 playoff record since KC won Super Bowl IV in 1970.

Kansas City won a playoff game in the wildcard round last year at Houston before falling to New England in the divisional round. The last time the Chiefs won a home playoff game was an AFC Wildcard game in 1994 over the team they'll face next week, Pittsburgh.

Both teams head into the division game playing well. Kansas City has some key pieces back from injury and overall finished 10-2 after the early-season loss at Pittsburgh. Counting Sunday's wildcard win against Miami, the Steelers have won eight in a row after a mid-season slide dropped their overall record to 4-5.