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NFL playoff schedule 2016: Chiefs-Texans on Wild Card weekend for right to face Broncos or Patriots

The Kansas City Chiefs spot on the 2016 NFL playoff schedule is now known, along with the date, time and TV schedule. The Chiefs will visit the Houston Texans on Saturday, January 9 for their AFC Wild Card game. The game will be played at 3:25 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) and can be seen on ESPN / ABC.

After the Wild Card weekend, the Chiefs would move onto the Divisional round if they win where they would face either the Denver Broncos or New England Patriots. The highest seeded team will face the lowest seeded team so the Chiefs would likely face the Broncos unless the Steelers won, at which point they would visit the Patriots instead.

The AFC is weird this year in that, as Tony Dungy said on NBC on Sunday night, the No. 5 and No. 6 teams in the AFC are as dangerous as the No. 1 seed. In fact, the Chiefs, who scored more and allowed fewer points than the Broncos all season, beat Denver in their own house just a few weeks ago.

The Chiefs, however, need to beat the Texans first. They did so in Week 1, 27-20. That was back when the Chiefs were seemingly a bad team. They went on to start 1`-5 after that victory but the Chiefs have since won 10 straight games. The Texans, like the Chiefs, stared off slowly and finished hot. This should be a fun game.

(All times are Arrowhead Time ... or Central)

First round bye (AFC)

1 - Denver Broncos (12-4) - Sunday, Jan. 17, 3:40 p.m., CBS

2 - New England Patriots (12-4) - Saturday, Jan. 16, 3:35 p.m., CBS

Wild Card Weekend (AFC)

3 - Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) vs. 6 - Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) - Saturday, Jan. 9, 7:15 p.m., CBS

4 - Houston Texans (9-7) vs. 5 - Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) - Saturday, Jan. 9, 3:25 p.m., ESPN/ABC


First round bye (NFC)

1 - Carolina Panthers (15-1) - Sunday, Jan. 17, 12:05 p.m., FOX

2 - Arizona Cardinals (12-4) - Saturday, Jan. 16, 7:15 p.m., NBC

Wild Card Weekend (NFC)

3 - Minnesota Vikings (11-5) vs. 6 - Seattle Seahawks (10-6) - Sunday, Jan. 10, 12:05 p.m., NBC

4 - Washington Redskins (9-7) vs. 5 - Green Bay Packers (10-6) - Sunday, Jan. 10, 3:40 p.m., FOX

Saturday, Jan. 16

AFC Divisional Round Game 1: New England Patriots vs. highest seed, 3:35 p.m., CBS
NFC Divisional Round Game 1: Arizona Cardinals vs. highest seed, 7:15 p.m., NBC

Sunday, Jan. 17

NFC Divisional Round Game 2: Carolina Panthers vs. lowest seed, 12:05 p.m., FOX
AFC Divisional Round Game 2:
Denver Broncos vs. lowest seed, 3:40 p.m., CBS

Sunday, Jan.24

AFC Championship: AFC Divisional Round winners, 2 p.m., CBS
NFC Championship: NFC Divisional Round winners, 5:40 p.m., FOX

Sunday, Feb. 7

Super Bowl 50: AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 5:30 p.m., CBS

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