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Titans vs. Chiefs: NFL playoffs game time, TV schedule, live online stream, odds, Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO When: January 6, 2018 | 1:35 p.m. PT TV: ESPN/ free now

Titans vs. Chiefs live

The Titans and Chiefs open the 2018 NFL playoffs in Kansas City. We break down the pertinent information to get you ready for the game.

The 2018 NFL playoffs get going this afternoon, with a long-time friend beginning his latest question for a Super Bowl ring. Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs kick off the playoffs hosting the Tennessee Titans in an AFC wild card matchup. The game kicks off at 1:35 p.m. PT on ESPN, with Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden in the announcer booth, and Lisa Salters on the sideline.

The big news for this game is that Titans running back DeMarco Murray has been ruled out with a knee injury. Derrick Henry will get the start in his place. While Murray is the Titans’ big money back, Henry has been the more effective rusher this year. I would argue this could actually improve the Titans chances of winning this game.

Alex Smith has led the Chiefs to the playoffs four of the past five seasons, but they have only a wild card win over the Houston Texans two seasons ago to show for it. The Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes as their quarterback of the future, and the pressure is assuredly on for Smith and Co. to do something more this year.

The Chiefs are between an eight- and nine-point favorite in this game. I would not be surprised to see them get upset by the Titans, but I think the Chiefs end up pulling it out. I’m going to take the points with the Titans, but I see a Chiefs outright win in a squeaker.