Over the course of Saturday and Sunday both the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers won their respective playoff games, advancing to the conference championship games. Kansas City will host the Tennessee Titans with a trip to the Super Bowl at stake, while the Niners will have the Green Bay Packers at their place to determine which team will represent the NFC.
Fans of the Seattle Seahawks, of course, won’t be able to root for their team following a 28-23 loss on the road to the Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs. However, the Seahawks could have something on the line in both games next weekend.
When the Chiefs traded a first round pick and a second round pick for Frank Clark last offseason, exactly which team’s second round pick the Seahawks would get from Kansas City in the 202 draft was undetermined. The Chiefs hold two second round picks in draft this coming spring, both theirs and that of the San Francisco 49ers, which they acquired in the Dee Ford trade.
With Kansas City obligated to send the lower of the two picks to Seattle, it makes sense for Seahawks fans to root against both the Chiefs and Niners during the postseason, in order for that pick to be higher. However, should both Kansas City and San Francisco win this next Sunday, the Hawks will know ahead of time that they will hold the last pick in the second round, number 64.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a pick they traded up for during the 2019 draft, and which has worked out pretty well for them so far.