The Kansas City Chiefs will aim for a repeat performance of their Dec. 26 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers when they meet in an AFC Wild Card matchup on Sunday. The Chiefs (12-5) defeated the Steelers (9-7-1), 36-10, that night. Pittsburgh is making its 33rd appearance all-time in the postseason, while Kansas City is making its seventh.
Kickoff from GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. Kansas City is favored by 12.5 points in the latest Steelers vs. Chiefs odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is 46.5.
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The model knows that Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes finished the regular season on a roll, completing 27 of 44 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns in last Saturday's win over the Denver Broncos. Mahomes threw for more than 250 yards and two scores in 12 games, including the last five. Against the Steelers in Week 16, Mahomes completed 23 of 30 passes (76.7 percent) for 258 yards and three touchdowns.
The model also knows spearheading the Pittsburgh offense is rookie running back Najee Harris. He was basically the Steelers' rushing attack, carrying 307 times for 1,200 yards (3.9 average) and seven touchdowns. That was 271 more carries and 1,102 more yards than Benny Snell, the team's second-leading rusher. Harris registered six explosive plays of 20 yards or more and converted 62 first downs. In the Jan. 3 win over Cleveland, Harris carried 28 times for 188 yards (6.7 average) and one touchdown.
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