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AFC Playoffs: Divisional round scenarios for the Buffalo Bills

Here’s what’s next for Buffalo

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Now that the Buffalo Bills have beaten the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Wild Card round, what comes next? The Bills will have to wait for Sunday night to know exactly what’s going to happen, but we at least know the game will be played in Orchard Park with the Bills as the number 2 seed.

(Tickets are on sale as of Sunday morning for season ticket holders. Check your emails.)

Last year, the games were Saturday at 4:35 p.m. EST, Saturday at 8:15 p.m. EST, Sunday at 3:05 p.m. EST, and Sunday at 6:40 p.m. EST. With the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers getting top billing, Buffalo is probably going to be in one of the afternoon time slots. With Los Angeles likely to play the Packers, that’s a shoe-in game for primetime. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs the New Orleans Saints seems like a pretty big matchup, too. In short, I expect the Bills to get the Saturday afternoon game.

Who will they play is probably the bigger question. We won’t find out until the final game of the weekend.

If the Pittsburgh Steelers win

This is the easiest scenario to explain. If the Steelers win, they will come to Buffalo next weekend for the divisional round. The Chiefs would play the winner of the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans.

If the Cleveland Browns win

If the Cleveland Browns beat the Steelers on Sunday night, the Bills would face the winner of the Titans vs Ravens matchup. The NFL re-seeds after each round and Cleveland would be the lowest seed remaining in the conference. So the Browns head to Arrowhead to face the Chiefs and Buffalo would get the only other team standing.