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Alex Smith (11) of the Kansas City Chiefs during the team’s win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 16.

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Saturday’s Matchups

Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) at Houston Texans (9-7)

4:35 p.m. Eastern. Line: Chiefs by 3

The Texans went through four quarterbacks this season, were forced to adapt to life without Arian Foster, and even endured J.J. Watt’s having to play through a broken hand. Despite all of that, they managed to finish the season on a 7-2 run after being demolished in Week 7 by the Miami Dolphins. It was enough to earn them the A.F.C. South title, though their competition there was not exactly stiff. If not for the Chiefs, their opponent this week, the Texans would have been football’s best turnaround story.

Unfortunately for Houston, it is hard to compete for attention…

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