...And we're off!
The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Houston Texans 30-0 and now they're off to New England. The Chiefs and Patriots will meet next Saturday afternoon, the first game of the Divisional playoff weekend.
Because the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals, the Chiefs will visit the No. 2 seed Patriots in New England while the top seeded Denver Broncos will host the No. 6 seed Steelers, who beat the third seeded Bengals on Saturday.
The Chiefs haven't been underdogs in nearly two months. It was November 15 in Week 10 against the Broncos that they were underdogs. The Chiefs have won 11 straight and hope to make it 12 in New England. The Chiefs aren't the most impressive team but isn't 11 straight impressive? I don't care who you face. That doesn't happen very often.
Andy Reid is 1-4 against Bill Beilchick but he's 1-0 against him as a Chief. Kansas City stomped New England last year, 41-14. That was the game that sparked "Onto Cincinnati" from Belichick and the Patriots winning streak, which led them to the Super Bowl.
Jeremy Maclin suffered a knee injury in Saturday's Chiefs game and we're not sure if he'll be around for the Divisional round. The Chiefs should find out more about the injury in the next day or so.
What do you think of a Chiefs-Patriots matchup?
(Times are Arrowhead Time ... or Central .... Sunday's games are (6) Seahawks vs. (3) Vikings and (5) Packers vs. (4) Redskins.
Saturday, Jan. 16
AFC Divisional Round Game 1: (5) Kansas City Chiefs vs. (2) New England Patriots, 3:35 p.m., CBS
NFC Divisional Round Game 1: (2) Arizona Cardinals vs. highest seed, 7:15 p.m., NBC
Sunday, Jan. 17
NFC Divisional Round Game 2: (1) Carolina Panthers vs. lowest seed, 12:05 p.m., FOX
AFC Divisional Round Game 2: (6) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. (1) Denver Broncos 3:40 p.m., CBS