Steelers to face Baltimore or Kansas City next week
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By virtue of the New York Jets' victory in Indianapolis Saturday night, the Steelers will play either Baltimore or Kansas City next Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Heinz Field.
The Ravens and Chiefs play Sunday in Kansas City.
As the sixth and lowest seed in the AFC, the Jets will play next Sunday at New England, the No. 1 seed. The Steelers, the No. 2 seed, and the Patriots earned a bye this weekend into the next round of the playoffs.
The Steelers have played both the Ravens and Chiefs in the post-season. They are 2-0 against Baltimore, both games at Heinz Field -- in a 2001 playoff and in the 2008 AFC championship game. The AFC North rivals split their two regular-season games this season.
Although the Steelers and Chiefs have competed in the AFC for 41 seasons, they've met just once in the post-season, a 1993 wildcard playoff victory by the Chiefs in overtime in 1993.
If the Patriots beat the Jets, the AFC championship game will be held in New England Jan. 23. If the Patriots lose to the Jets, the winner of next Saturday's game at Heinz Field would serve as host for the championship game.
First Published January 8, 2011 11:16 pm