We knew heading into Sunday it would be the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens or Pittsburgh Steelers coming to Arrowhead Stadium in the wildcard round of the playoffs. After all three of those teams won, the Kansas City Chiefs lost and the Tennessee Titans dropped the ball against the Indianapolis Colts, we know how the Chiefs will be hosting the Ravens on Sunday, January 9, at 12:00 p.m. (Arrowhead time).
Ravens vs. Chiefs became official Sunday evening several hours after the Chiefs lost to the Oakland Raiders so Todd Haley and the players didn't know who the opponent would be. Several Chiefs players said after the game that they can compete with anyone when they play their game.
Head coach John Harbaugh said after the Ravens 13-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that they think they match up well against everyone.
"We think we match up great against everybody," Harbaugh said. "We feel good about our chances. We've been there before - we've been on the road before, and we understand that path. The bottom line is you have to win one at a time, for four games, and that's how it works. We've won two and lost the third one. We've won one and lost the second one. So, our goal is to win four. But, it starts with wherever we go next week."
That will be Kansas City. Home of great barbecue and the best running backs in the NFL.
If you're talking matchups, then the marquee matchup in this game is clearly the Chiefs running game against the Ravens run defense. The Chiefs are the top ranked rushing team in the NFL -- Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles are the fourth most productive running back duo in NFL history (each with at least 500-plus yards) -- while the Ravens are a top five rush defense in 2010 and historically one of the league's best.
Early thoughts on how the Chiefs match up with the Ravens?