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2015 NFL Playoff Picture: Who Will The Winner Of Texans-Chiefs Play In The AFC Divisional Round?

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The answer depends entirely on the outcome of the other AFC Wild Card Game between the Steelers and Bengals. Learn all the possible permutations on Battle Red Blog.

"You know I never really preferred Matt Schaub to you, right?"
"You know I never really preferred Matt Schaub to you, right?"
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While Bill O'Brien would surely object to anyone employed by the Houston Texans looking past the Kansas City Chiefs, I imagine a sizable segment of the fan base is curious as to who the Texans would play and when that game would be in the event the Texans emerge victorious at NRG Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Who and when the winner of the Texans-Chiefs Wild Card game plays depends on the outcome of the other AFC Wild Card game between Bengals and Steelers. As the No. 1 seed in the AFC, the Denver Broncos have the privilege of facing the lowest-rated remaining seed in the AFC after the completion of the Wild Card round. The second seed in the AFC, the New England Patriots, will host whichever AFC Wild Card winner has a higher seed.

Confused? This should clear it up:

If the Bengals beat the Steelers in the Wild Card round, Cincinnati will visit New England for the divisional playoffs.

If the Steelers beat the Bengals, the Patriots will host the winner of the Chiefs versus Texans.

So...

-If the Bengals beat the Steelers (they play on Saturday, right after the Texans and Chiefs, with kickoff scheduled for 7:15 p.m. CST), the winner of the Texans-Chiefs game would play the Broncos in Denver on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 3:40 p.m. CST.  That game will be televised on CBS.

-If the Steelers beat the Bengals, the winner of the Texans-Chiefs game would play the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 3:35 p.m. CST. That game will also be televised on CBS.

And then...just saying...the AFC Championship Game will kick off at 2:05 p.m. CST on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Super Bowl 50 is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. CST on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

For the purpose of discussion, should the Texans manage to beat the Chiefs on Saturday afternoon, who would you rather see them face in the Divisional Round--the Broncos or the Patriots? Why?

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