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A brief look at the divisional round of the 2016 NFL playoffs.

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

While we have had our heads down around these parts following the New York Giants search for a new head coach the road to Super Bowl 50. Here is a brief early look at this weekend's upcoming divisional round games, including odds, injuries, start time and TV information.


Kansas City Chiefs (12-5) at New England Patriots (12-4)

When: Saturday, Jan. 16
Game time: 4:35 p.m. ET

The Chiefs may have won 11-5 straight including a 30-0 shutout of the Houston Texans in the Wild-Card round, but the Patriots are at home and oddsmakers have made New England a 5.5-point favorite. Can you root for former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid?

The big story right now? How did Patriots coach Bill Belichick get that shiner?

Chiefs blog: Arrowhead Pride
Patriots blog: Pats Pulpit

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-6) at Denver Broncos (12-4)

When: Sunday, Jan. 17
Game time: 4:40 p.m.

Denver is a 6.5-point favorite here, but this is an odd game with storylines revolving around several big-name players. What will the Broncos get from aging quarterback Peyton Manning? Will Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger be able to play adequately, or at all, with a sprained AC joint and torn ligaments in his throwing shoulder? Will Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown, in the concussion protocol after being brutally hit in the head byCincinnati's Vontaze Burfict, be able to play? Burfict, by the way, has drawn a three-game suspension.

Steelers blog: Behind The Steel Curtain
Broncos blog: Mile High Report


Green Bay Packers (11-6) at Arizona Cardinals (13-3)

When: Saturday, Jan. 16
Game time: 8:15 p.m. 

Arizona is a 7-point favorite to advance to the NFC Championship Game. The Cardinals have a healthy Carson Palmer at quarterback and get a chance this year to do what they couldn't last year when injuries at quarterback wrecked their playoff chances.

Packers blog: Acme Packing Company
Cardinals blog: Revenge of the Birds

Seattle Seahawks (11-6) at Carolina Panthers (15-1)

When: Sunday, Jan. 17
Game time: 1:05 p.m.

Carolina is a 3-point favorite against the defensive NFC champs. Can Russell Wilson and the Seahawks knock off the high-flying, fun-loving Panthers? We will find out. This one shapes up as a heavyweight fight.

Seahawks blog: Field Gulls
Panthers blog: Cat Scratch Reader