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NFL playoff schedule: AFC bracket has Chiefs facing Texans, Broncos are No. 1 seed

The 2016 NFL playoff schedule: The Broncos and Patriots have first round byes while the Chiefs will visit the Texans and the Steelers will visit the Bengals.

The 2016 NFL playoff schedule has the Kansas City Chiefs visiting the Houston Texans on Wild Card weekend. We don't know the exact schedule yet but the Chiefs will visit Houston to play the Texans. The Broncos won the AFC West after beating the Chargers so they are the No 1 seed while the Chiefs are the No. 5 seed. The Chiefs would have been the No. 3 seed as the AFC West winner if the Broncos lost and the Chiefs won.

The Texans are the No. 4 seed after winning the AFC South. The NFL's division winners host playoff games so the Texans will host the game despite having a 9-7 record compared to the Chiefs 11-5 record. This playoff seeding has been a controversy in the past because the team with the better record is on the road.

This is probably the best Wild Card weekend matchup for the Chiefs. They already beat the Texans in Week 1 and the Chiefs defense should have some success against Brian Hoyer and the Texans offense. Of course, stopping JJ Watt will be a problem.

Here's the AFC side:

First round bye (AFC)

1 - Denver Broncos (12-4) - Sunday, Jan. 17, 4:40 PM ET, CBS

2 - New England Patriots (12-4) - Saturday, Jan. 16, 4:35 PM ET, CBS

Wild Card Weekend (AFC)

3 - Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) vs. 6 - Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) - Saturday, Jan. 9, 8:15 PM ET, CBS

4 - Houston Texans (9-7) vs. 5 - Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) - Saturday, Jan. 9, 4:25 PM ET, ESPN/ABC

The Patriots are maybe the best team here but they're very flawed. And Tom Brady looked like he was limping after their loss today. The Broncos have their own QB controversy with Peyton Manning.

The Steelers have the potential of a team that could do some damage. They're really good and can beat the Bengals, especially if the Bengals are without Andy Dalton, who has an injury that could keep him out. The Steelers could also lay an egg.

And the NFC:

First round bye (NFC)

1 - Carolina Panthers (15-1) - Sunday, Jan. 17, 1:05 PM ET, FOX

2 - Arizona Cardinals (12-4) - Saturday, Jan. 16, 8:15 PM ET, NBC

Wild Card Weekend (NFC)

3 - Minnesota Vikings (11-5) vs. 6 - Seattle Seahawks (10-6) - Sunday, Jan. 10, 1:05 PM ET, NBC

4 - Washington Redskins (9-7) vs. 5 - Green Bay Packers (10-6) - Sunday, Jan. 10, 4:40 PM ET, FOX

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