The first day of the 2016 NFL playoffs is a wrap, and it was kind of a wild one. The Kansas City Chiefs rolled to victory over the Houston Texans, and the Pittsburgh Steelers won a wild one over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Chiefs will now travel to face the New England Patriots next weekend, while the Steelers will travel to face the Denver Broncos.
The big news for San Francisco 49ers fans is the fact that Hue Jackson's team is officially eliminated from the playoffs. There is some question about what Saturday's loss means to Marvin Lewis, but Jason LaCanfora reported that Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther would be the top candidate for the job.
The loss does make this situation all the more interesting, but for now, Jackson is free to interview and agree to terms to become a head coach with another team. He is set to meet the 49ers and Cleveland Browns, with reports indicating the Browns get first dibs. I'm curious to see how just how Jackson is feeling following a tremendous letdown. The Bengals had a fumble on offense, and two personal fouls on defense that cost them the game. You don't get over this kind of loss all that easy.
As for the Chiefs, they rolled the Texans, thanks in large part to the Texans offense being abysmal. That's not to say the Chiefs offense didn't get things done, because they did. But it will be a fascinating matchup when they travel to face the Patriots. The Chiefs defense is getting healthy at the right time, and I think that could end up being a relatively low scoring game.
And the Steelers get to head to Mile High to face the Broncos. Denver lost at Pittsburgh back in Week 15. Ben Roethlisberger's status is up in the air for next weekend, but I have to think he finds a way to play. It's a fascinating matchup, with Peyton Manning back in the saddle.