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Thank GOD that's over.

The first day of playoff football in 2016 is mercifully behind us, and we now know who the New England Patriots will kick off their Super Bowl defense against: the Kansas City Chiefs.

With the Chiefs blowing out the Texans 30-0 and the Steelers coming out on top against the Bengals via a late field goal, the Chiefs will have the pleasure of coming to Foxboro for the Divisional Round next Saturday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4:35 p.m.

The Steelers meanwhile will travel to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

The health of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be in doubt, as he came up lame after village idiot Vontaze Burfict fell on his throwing shoulder on a sack late in the third quarter. He returned to the game to lead Pittsburgh's final drive, but he was visibly favoring his shoulder up through the conclusion of the game,

As for the Pats, they'll host Alex Smith, Andy Reid and the rest of the Chiefs, who are awaiting word on the MRI on wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, with some reports detailing he could have suffered an ACL injury. If that's the case, KC's tall task of trying to down the Pats becomes that much harder.

Mark Burke 1/10/2016 12:11:00 AM Edit
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