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What you need to know for the Divisional Round game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs continue their playoff push this Sunday with a rematch against the Buffalo Bills.

Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills will be the fourth time these teams have met in the past two seasons.

For two straight years, it’s been a game in October and then a do-or-die game in the playoffs.

Last season, the Chiefs won both games, including the AFC Championship. This season, the Bills emerged victorious in Week 5, and now all eyes are on that Sunday showdown to see who moves on.

A victory for the Chiefs would give Kansas City a fourth straight trip to the AFC Championship and move them one step closer to a third straight trip to the Super Bowl.

But it won’t be easy. The Chiefs and Bills are perhaps the most even teams in the playoffs: athletic/strong-armed quarterbacks, explosive (sometimes inconsistent) offenses and aggressive defenses that thrive on turnovers.

Because these teams are just as dynamic, the smallest things will make a difference: position on the pitch, turnovers and key defensive saves.

If you’re heading to GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium this Sunday, here’s what you need to know:

Tickets

If you are still looking for tickets, there are still some available. You can buy chiefs tickets online or on a third-party site like Tickets for Less or SeatGeek.

But be prepared to pay a pretty price. Even the cheapest seats are over $100 per ticket, and most of them are verified resale tickets, while lower-tier seats are up for grabs for $375 or more.

All Chiefs games are mobile ticketing only. The team encourages fans to add their tickets to their mobile wallet to make it easier to get through the gate.

Pre-game timeline

The Chiefs’ final home game of the regular season kicks off at 5:40 p.m. Sunday.

Fans are encouraged to arrive at Arrowhead early as there is a lot going on in the stadium before the game starts. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your seats so you don’t miss any of the action on the pitch.

  • 1:00 p.m. – Opening of the car park doors
  • 1:30 p.m. – Ford Tailgate District opens
  • 3:00 PM – CommunityAmerica Club Level Doors Open
  • 3:30 p.m. – All stadium doors are open
  • 4:40 p.m. – Start of team warm-ups
  • 5:29 p.m. – Presentation of the Bills team
  • 5:30 p.m. – Presentation of the team of chefs
  • 5:33 p.m. – National anthem
  • 5:38 p.m. – Draw
  • 5:40 p.m. – Kick-off

Car park

The parking lots open at 1 p.m. on Sundays for a pleasant but chilly afternoon of tailgating and playing Chiefs football.

Fans heading to the game should remember that all parking passes must be pre-purchased online. Payments will not be accepted at the car park gates.

Regular parking passes are $45 this season. If you are bringing a bus or RV, you will need to purchase another pass which costs $100. You will be able to access your parking pass on the Chiefs mobile app.

Traffic is usually congested near the stadiums as fans flock to cheer on the Chiefs. Plan ahead, check traffic conditions and arrive early.

Match day predictions

Grab your jackets, Chiefs fans. It’s going to be a cold game at Arrowhead Stadium this weekend.

It will be partly cloudy with temperatures in the 30s to bottom out and fall into the upper 20s, near 30s, by the second half.

Walk through the door

All stadium gates open at 3.30pm on Sunday, around two hours before kick-off.

Arrowhead Stadium has a Empty Bag Policy, and that means fans are only allowed to bring a clear plastic bag, one-gallon clear zipper bag, or a small pouch into the stadium. Backpacks, fanny packs, handbags and the like are not permitted.

Speaking of things that aren’t allowed, things like food, weapons, noisemakers, laser pointers, and fireworks are prohibited in Arrowhead.

Fans are still allowed to bring sealed water bottles, blankets, small umbrellas, signs and flags. To see the full list of prohibited and permitted items.

New last season: The team banned American Indian headdresses or face paint. General face painting is still allowed.

Masks not required

After Kansas City’s mask mandate expires, masks are no longer required in interior spaces at Arrowhead Stadium, such as the pro shop, club level and more.

The Chiefs are still encouraging those who are not fully vaccinated to mask up at the stadium. The team also said unvaccinated staff members will be asked to wear masks.

No cash allowed

The Chiefs went completely cashless last season, and that will continue going forward.

Not all concession stands and retail outlets allow cash. Traditional credit and debit card options are still available, and mobile wallet payments like Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay are also accepted.

The spirit of leaders

After the parking lots open, the Ford Tailgate District will prepare Chiefs fans for this massive playoff game. Head to Lot M on the north side of Arrowhead Stadium to find the Free Zone with drink specials, food trucks, tailgating games and live entertainment. It opens at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Before the game begins, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Judith Hill will sing the national anthem while the Kansas City Fire Department presents the nation’s colors.

Following the national anthem, there will be a B-2 flyover from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, Missouri.

Former Chiefs defensive end Neil Smith will be this week’s Drum Honoree, taking fans to the GEHA Drum Deck.

Then at halftime, it’s time to “down, down, baby!” Grammy-winning rapper Nelly, a St. Louis native, will perform at halftime.