Patriots will face Steelers or Broncos

So much for New England Patriots fans rooting for Andy Dalton.

The Houston Texans won their first ever playoff game over Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals in convincing fashion, 31-10. That means New England's next opponent will be determined in Sunday's wild-card matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) and Denver Broncos (8-8).

Patriots fans may now want to root for more Tim Tebow magic. New England (13-3) is trying to avoid being one-and-done for the third consecutive year, and the Patriots manhandled Denver, 41-23, in the regular season.

The reigning AFC champion Steelers would be the toughest possible matchup for New England in the divisional round. Pittsburgh beat New England, 25-17, in Week 8. The Steelers are hurting on offense. But Pittsburgh is a veteran team and a tough out for anyone in January.