Breaking Down the 2016 Chiefs Schedule: How Does it Look?

A game-by-game look at what the Chiefs will face in 2016

This is the time of year that all fans look at the NFL schedule and start to feel pretty optimistic about their team's chances for the upcoming season, and if you're a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, you're probably feeling pretty good right now.

The Chiefs, who kick off their season at home against the San Diego Chargers, will be featured in two primetime games at Arrowhead Stadium later in the season.

The combined 2015 record of the teams the Chiefs will face was 104-104, which puts their strength of schedule right in the middle of the pack.

Based on 2015 performances, the Chiefs will face four of their toughest opponents, all playoff teams, on the road this season.

They will travel to take on the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers, AFC playoff teams Pittsburgh and Houston and the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. Those four teams combined to go 46-18 last season.

Outside of those four opponents, the rest combined for a 58-86 record, although this is a new year and everyone feels good about what they've done this offseason to try and improve upon their performance last season.

It's no secret that the Chiefs have one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL because of what Chiefs Kingdom can do at Arrowhead. This will be put to the test in 2016 as the combined records of the teams they'll face at home this year was 54-74 last season.

It sets up nicely for the Chiefs, but it all starts in Week 1 against the Chargers.

Here's a brief preview of each game on the schedule this season: 

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Week 1 - Sunday, September 11 - Chiefs vs. Chargers

Arrowhead Stadium

12:00 p.m. CT

CBS (TV)

About the Chargers:

The San Diego Chargers are coming off a 4-12 season in 2015 and hold the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Despite the team recording its worst record since 2003, quarterback Philip Rivers still proved to be one of the best in the league by averaging more than 280 yards per game with 29 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions last season.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

RB Donald Brown, TE Ladarius Green, G Johnnie Troutman, DE/DT Kendall Reyes, ILB Donald Butler, ILB Kavell Conner, CB Patrick Robinson, S Eric Weddle, S Jimmy Wilson

Key free agents gained from 2015:

WR Travis Benjamin, NT Brandon Mebane, CB Casey Hayward, S Dwight Lowery

Last time they met:

The Chiefs beat the Chargers 10-3 in Week 14 of last season. Linebacker Dee Ford finished the game with 3 sacks and 7 tackles, but it was his pass breakup of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers' pass intended for Danny Woodhead in the back of the end zone that sealed the victory.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 56-54-1 against the Chargers in the all-time series.

Interesting fact:

Tamba Hali has 13.5 career sacks on Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, which is more than twice as many as any other quarterback in his career (No. 2 , Kyle Orton-6.)

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Week 2 - Sunday, September 18 - Chiefs @ Texans

NRG Stadium

12:00 p.m. CT

CBS (TV)

About the Texans:

The Houston Texans finished the 2015 season with a 9-7 record and lost to the Chiefs in the Wild Card round of the AFC playoffs. They have a new-look offense for third-year coach Bill O' Brien after signing free agent quarterback Brock Osweiler to a lucrative multi-year contract this offseason, as well as bringing in former Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller and former Chiefs offensive lineman Jeff Allen. 

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

RB Arian Foster, WR Nate Washington, TE Garrett Graham, G Brandon Brooks, C Ben Jones, DE/DT Jared Crick, S Rahim Moore

Key free agents gained from 2015:

QB Brock Osweiler, RB Lamar Miller, G Jeff Allen, G/C Tony Bergstrom, DB Antonio Allen, DE Devon Still

Last time they met:

The Chiefs beat the Texans 30-0 back in January for the franchise's first playoff win in 22 years. The defense forced 5 turnovers and Knile Davis took the opening kickoff 106 yards the other way to give the Chiefs a lead just 11 seconds into the game.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 4-3 against the Texans in the all-time series.

Interesting fact:

Chiefs coach Andy Reid is 6-0 in his career against the Texans.


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Week 3 - Sunday, September 25 - Chiefs vs. Jets

Arrowhead Stadium

3:25 p.m. CT

CBS (TV)

About the Jets:

The New York Jets finished last season with a 10-6 record and just missed out on the playoffs. They won five of their last six games to finish the season on a strong note. They have high expectations heading into head coach Todd Bowles' second season in New York.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick(?), RB Chris Ivory, WR Jeremy Kerley, TE Jeff Cumberland, NT Damon Harrison, ILB Demario Davis, CB Antonio Cromartie, RB Stevan Ridley, CB Darrin Walls

Key free agents gained from 2015:

RB Matt Forte, RB Khiry Robinson, OT Ryan Clady, DE/DT Jarvis Jenkins, NT Steve McLendon, ILB Bruce Carter

Last time they met:

The Chiefs beat the Jets 24-10 back in 2014 at Arrowhead Stadium. They raced out to an early 21-10 lead at halftime and shutout quarterback Michael Vick and the Jets offense in the second half. Alex Smith finished 21 of 31 for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 17-17-1 against the Jets in the all-time series.

Interesting fact:

Bowles has connections to both Chiefs coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey. Bowles spent two seasons (1995-96) on the personnel staff with the Green Bay Packers alongside Dorsey, ultimately moving over to the coaching side in 1997 with Morehouse College. Several years later, Bowles would be named the interim defensive coordinator for the Eagles in 2012 under Reid.

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Week 4 - Sunday, October 2 - Chiefs @ Steelers

Heinz Field

7:30 p.m. CT

NBC (TV)

About the Steelers:

The Steelers 2015 season ended with a 23-16 loss to the Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round of the AFC playoffs. They finished the regular season with a 10-6 record despite losing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for five games due to injury, which included the game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead. The Steelers are one of four playoff teams the Chiefs will face on the road in 2015.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

TE Heath Miller, OT Kelvin Beachum, NT Steve McLendon, CB Brandon Boykin, S Will Allen, RB Isiah Pead, ILB Sean Spence, OT Byron Stingly, RB Jordan Todman

Key free agents gained from 2015:

TE Ladarius Green, OT Ryan Harris, LB Steven Johnson, DE Ricardo Matthews

Last time they met:

The Chiefs and Steelers met in Week 7 of last season, and the Chiefs walked away with a 23-13 victory, which was the beginning of their franchise-best 11-game winning streak.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 10-20 against the Steelers in the all-time series.

Interesting fact:

The Chiefs will face the Steelers for the fifth time in the past six seasons. They will play for the third consecutive season.


Week 5 – BYE


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Week 6 - Sunday, October 16 - Chiefs @ Raiders

O.co Coliseum

3:05 p.m. CT

CBS (TV)

About the Raiders:

After a flurry of offseason signings and hitting on some recent draft picks, the Oakland Raiders are confident that they have a team posied to try and compete for an AFC West title in 2016. After finishing the 2015 season with a 7-9 record, the Raiders will be seeking their first winning season since 2002.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

WR Rod Streater, OT Khalif Barnes, OT J'Marcus Webb, G Tony Bergstrom, DE Justin Tuck, ILB Curtis Lofton, CB Charles Woodson, S Larry Asante.

Key free agents gained from 2015:

G/OT Kelechi Osemele, OLB Bruce Irvin, OLB Darren Bates, CB Sean Smith, S Reggie Nelson, S Brynden Trawick

Last time they met:

The Chiefs beat the Raiders 23-17 in Week 17 of last season.

All-time record:

The Chiefs lead the all-time series with the Raiders 58-51-2.

Interesting fact:

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is 7-1 in his career against the Raiders. He's thrown 18 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions with a passer rating of 106.1 in those games.


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Week 7 - Sunday, October 23 - Chiefs vs. Saints

Arrowhead Stadium

12:00 p.m. CT

FOX (TV)

About the Saints:

The Saints finished the 2015 season with a disappointing 7-9 record. They allowed 25 or more points in 10 of their 16 games, which led to them signing a few key veterans this offseason to try and bolster the defensive side of the ball. Despite their struggles keeping opposing teams out of the end zone, quarterback Drew Brees still threw for 4,870 yards with 32 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

RB Khiry Robinson, WR Marques Colston, TE Ben Watson, G Jahri Evans, DT Kevin Williams, ILB David Hawthorne, CB Brandon Browner, FS Rafael Bush

Key free agents gained from 2015:

TE Coby Fleener, DT Nick Fairley, OLB Nathan Stupar, ILB Craig Robertson, ILB James Laurinaitis

Last time they met:

The Chiefs beat the Saints 27-24 back in 2012. It was the third game of the season and the first win as running back Jamaal Charles went off for 233 yards on just 23 carries with a 91-yard touchdown run. It's the second-best single-game performance of his career to date.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 5-5 against the Saints in the all-time series.

Interesting fact:

The New Orleans Saints are one of just five teams that Chiefs veteran linebacker Tamba Hali hasn't recorded a career sack against in his 11-year career. Two of the other teams--Carolina and Atlanta--are also on the 2016 schedule.

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Week 8 - Sunday, October 30 - Chiefs @ Colts

Lucas Oil Stadium

12:00 p.m. CT

CBS (TV)

About the Colts

The Indianapolis Colts finished the 2015 season with an 8-8 record. With starting quarterback Andrew Luck missing more than half of the season with a lacerated kidney and abdominal tear, the Colts relied on veteran Matt Hasselbeck to start more than half of their games. With Luck back and healthy, the Colts have high hopes for 2016.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

TE Coby Fleener, ILB Jerrell Freeman, S Dwight Lowery, CB Greg Toler

Key free agents gained from 2015:

RB Robert Turbin, RB Jordan Todman, CB Patrick Robinson

Last time they met:

The Chiefs lost to the Colts 45-44 in the Wild Card round of the AFC playoffs back in 2014.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 8-12 against the Colts in the all-time series.

Interesting fact:

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is 22-8 at Lucas Oil Stadium in his career.


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Week 9 - Sunday, November 6 - Chiefs vs. Jaguars

Arrowhead Stadium

12:00 p.m. CT

CBS (TV)

About the Jaguars:

The Jaguars finished the 2015 season with a 5-11 record, which marked the eighth straight season they haven't had a winning record. But there's a lot to feel good about moving forward for the Jaguars, who have a young quarterback in Blake Bortles that tied for second in the NFL last season with 35 touchdowns passing. Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson give them a dynamic pair of receivers that went for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. They also made a splash in free agency by signing former Denver Bronco and standout defensive lineman Malik Jackson.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

RB Toby Gerhart, G Zane Beadles, C Stefen Wisniewski, DE Chris Clemons, P Bryan Anger

Key free agents gained from 2015:

RB Chris Ivory, OT Kelvin Beachum, G Mackenzy Bernadeau, DE/DT Malik Jackson, CB Prince Amukamara, S Tashaun Gipson, P Brad Nortman

Last time they met:

The Chiefs and Jaguars last met on September 8, 2013. It was the opening game of the 2013 season and the first of the John Dorsey-Andy Reid era in Kansas City. The Chiefs won the game 28-2 in the most lopsided season opener for the Chiefs in 50 years.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 4-6 against the Jaguars in the all-time series.

Interesting fact:

In two years as the Jaguars starting quarterback, Blake Bortles is 1-13 in road games.

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Week 10 - Sunday, November 13- Chiefs @ Panthers

Bank of America Stadium

12:00 p.m. CT

CBS (TV)

About the Panthers:

The Panthers are the defending NFC champions after finishing the 2015 regular season with a 15-1 record. They have playmakers on both sides of the ball, starting with quarterback Cam Newton, who had more than 4,400 combined yards and 45 total touchdowns last season. The Panthers are paced by two of the best overall defensive players in the league in linebacker Luke Kuechly and cornerback Josh Norman.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

OT Nate Chandler, C Fernando Velasco, DT Dwan Edwards, CB Charles Tillman, P Brad Nortman

Key free agents gained from 2015:

C Gino Gradkowski, DT Paul Soliai, CB Brandon Boykin, S Trenton Robinson

Last time they met:

The Chiefs and Panthers last met in December of 2012, when the Chiefs won an emotionally charged game at Arrowhead Stadium by a score of 27-21.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 3-2 against the Panthers in the all-time series.

Interesting fact:

Earlier in his career and before becoming the head coach of the Carolina Panthers in 2011, Ron Rivera had spent four seasons (1999-2003) as the linebackers coach of the Philadelphia Eagles under Andy Reid. Rivera would later go on to the Chicago Bears (2004-06) and San Diego Chargers (2007-10) before heading to Carolina.


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Week 11 - Sunday, November 20 - Chiefs vs. Buccaneers

Arrowhead Stadium

12:00 p.m. CT

FOX (TV)

About the Buccaneers

After a 6-10 mark in 2015 and having lost their last four games of the season, the Buccaneers made a head coaching change in firing Lovie Smith, who had been there for two years, and hiring their offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to take over as head coach. They are hoping to build their future around the former No. 1 overall pick, quarterback Jameis Winston, who was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year after a standout season in 2015.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

G J.R. Sweezy, DE Robert Ayers, LB Daryl Smith, CB Brent Grimes, CB Josh Robinson, P Bryan Anger

Key free agents gained from 2015:

DT Henry Melton, ILB Bruce Carter, CB Sterling Moore

Last time they met:

The Chiefs lost 38-10 to the Tampa Bay Buccanners back in 2012.

All-time record:

The Chiefs have dropped four straight and are 5-6 against the Buccaneers in the all-time series.

Interesting fact:

Koetter and Chiefs coach Andy Reid have known each other for more than 30 years. They both started their coaching careers above the high school or graduate levels together back at San Francisco State. They were there together for one year in 1985 before Koetter called Reid to join him a few years later at the University of Texas-El Paso. They followed one another to the University of Missouri in 1989 under head coach Bob Stull. Now, they will cross paths again in November.

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Week 12 - Sunday, November 27 - Chiefs @ Broncos

Sports Authority Field

3:25 p.m. CT

CBS (TV)

About the Broncos:

The Denver Broncos are coming off a Super Bowl championship in 2015. They've won five straight AFC West titles, but for the first time since 2013, they will be led at quarterback by someone other than Peyton Manning.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

QB Peyton Manning, QB Brock Osweiler, RB Ronnie Hillman, TE Vernon Davis, TE Owen Daniels, OT Ryan Clady, OT Ryan Harris, G Evan Mathis, G Louis Vasquez, DE/DT Malik Jackson, ILB Danny Trevathan, S David Bruton

Key free agents gained from 2015:

QB Mark Sanchez, OT Russell Okung, OT Donald Stephenson, DE Jared Crick

Last time they met:

The Chiefs traveled to beat the Broncos by a score of 29-13 in Week 10 of last season. The game will most be remembered for Manning becoming the NFL's all-time leading passer in a game he ultimately finished 5 of 20 for 35 yards and 4 interceptions. He was benched early in the second half for Brock Osweiler.

All-time record:

The Chiefs lead the regular season all-time series with the Broncos 57-54.

Interesting fact:

The best single-game rushing performance in franchise history came from Jamaal Charles in Denver during the 2009 season. Charles carried the ball 25 times for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns. It's the eighth-best single-game performance in NFL history.


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Week 13 - Sunday, December 4 - Chiefs @ Falcons

Georgia Dome

12:00 p.m. CT

CBS (TV)

About the Falcons:

After starting the 2015 season with five straight wins, the Falcons stumbled down the stretch to finish with an 8-8 record. They are led by quarterback Matt Ryan, who completed 66 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and 16 interceptions last season. This game against the Falcons is the only one on the schedule in which the Chiefs will travel on consecutive weeks, playing in Denver the week before.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

WR Roddy White, OT Jake Long, G Chris Chester, DE/OLB O'Brien Schofield, DT Paul Soliai, OLB Justin Durant, S William Moore

Key free agents gained from 2015:

QB Matt Schaub, WR Mohamed Sanu, C Alex Mack, DE Derrick Shelby, DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw, ILB Sean Weatherspoon

Last time they met:

The Chiefs and Falcons last met back in 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium, with Atlanta leaving with a 40-24 victory.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 5-3 against the Falcons in the all-time series.

Interesting fact:

Chiefs coach Andy Reid is 8-3 in his career against the Falcons.


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Week 14 - Thursday, December 8 - Chiefs vs. Raiders

Arrowhead Stadium

7:25 p.m. CT

NBC/NFLN/Twitter

About the Raiders:

After a flurry of offseason signings and hitting on some recent draft picks, the Oakland Raiders are confident that they have a team posied to try and compete for an AFC West title in 2016. After finishing the 2015 season with a 7-9 record, the Raiders will be seeking their first winning season since 2002.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

WR Rod Streater, OT Khalif Barnes, OT J'Marcus Webb, G Tony Bergstrom, DE Justin Tuck, ILB Curtis Lofton, CB Charles Woodson, S Larry Asante.

Key free agents gained from 2015:

G/OT Kelechi Osemele, OLB Bruce Irvin, OLB Darren Bates, CB Sean Smith, S Reggie Nelson, S Brynden Trawick

Last time they met:

The Chiefs beat the Raiders 23-17 in Week 17 of last season.

All-time record:

The Chiefs lead the all-time series with the Raiders 58-51-2.

Interesting fact:

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is 7-1 in his career against the Raiders. He's thrown 18 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions with a passer rating of 106.1 in those games.

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Week 15 - Sunday, December 18 - Chiefs vs. Titans

Arrowhead Stadium

12:00 p.m. CT

CBS (TV)

About the Titans:

The Titans are coming off a 3-13 season in 2015 but despite those struggles, feel they have one of the most important pieces necessary for building a successful football team. Last year's No. 2 overall pick, quarterback Marcus Mariota, showed enough during his rookie campaign for the Titans to feel like they have the most important building block in constructing a competitive football team moving forward. They recently made a blockbuster trade involving the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, which they traded to the Los Angeles Rams for a number of picks.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

NT Sammie Lee Hill, DT Mike Martin, ILB Zach Brown, CB Coty Sensabaugh, S Michael Griffin, LB Steven Johnson, OG Joe Looney

Key free agents gained from 2015:

QB Matt Cassel, RB DeMarco Murray, WR Rishard Matthews, C Ben Jones, ILB Sean Spence, CB Brice McCain, CB Antwon Blake, S Rashad Johnson

Last time they met:

The Chiefs and Titans met in Week 1 of the 2014 season, with the Titans walking away with a 26-10 victory.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 27-21 against the the Titans franchise (includes Oilers) in the all-time series.

Interesting fact:

The Chiefs will face the top four picks from the 2015 draft in their sophomore seasons. Winston (No. 1, Buccaneers), Mariota (No. 2, Titans), Dante Fowler, Jr. (No. 3, Jaguars) and Amari Cooper (No. 4, Raiders).

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Week 16 - Sunday, December 25 - Chiefs vs. Broncos

Arrowhead Stadium

7:30 p.m. CT

NBC (TV)

About the Broncos:

The Denver Broncos are coming off a Super Bowl championship in 2015. They've won five straight AFC West titles, but for the first time since 2013, they will be led at quarterback by someone other than Peyton Manning.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

QB Peyton Manning, QB Brock Osweiler, RB Ronnie Hillman, TE Vernon Davis, TE Owen Daniels, OT Ryan Clady, OT Ryan Harris, G Evan Mathis, G Louis Vasquez, DE/DT Malik Jackson, ILB Danny Trevathan, S David Bruton

Key free agents gained from 2015:

QB Mark Sanchez, OT Russell Okung, OT Donald Stephenson, DE Jared Crick

Last time they met:

The Chiefs traveled to beat the Broncos by a score of 29-13 in Week 10 of last season. The game will most be remembered for Manning becoming the NFL's all-time leading passer in a game he ultimately finished 5 of 20 for 35 yards and 4 interceptions. He was benched early in the second half for Brock Osweiler.

All-time record:

The Chiefs lead the regular season all-time series with the Broncos 57-54.

Interesting fact:

The best single-game rushing performance in franchise history came from Jamaal Charles in Denver during the 2009 season. Charles carried the ball 25 times for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns. It's the eighth-best single-game performance in NFL history.

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Week 17 - Sunday, January 1 - Chiefs @ Chargers

Qualcomm Stadium

3:25 p.m. CT

CBS (TV)

About the Chargers:

The San Diego Chargers are coming off a 4-12 season in 2015 and hold the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Despite the team recording its worst record since 2003, quarterback Philip Rivers still proved to be one of the best in the league by averaging more than 280 yards per game with 29 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions last season.

Key free agents lost (or currently unsigned) from 2015:

RB Donald Brown, TE Ladarius Green, G Johnnie Troutman, DE/DT Kendall Reyes, ILB Donald Butler, ILB Kavell Conner, CB Patrick Robinson, S Eric Weddle, S Jimmy Wilson

Key free agents gained from 2015:

WR Travis Benjamin, NT Brandon Mebane, CB Casey Hayward, S Dwight Lowery

Last time they met:

The Chiefs beat the Chargers 10-3 in Week 14 of last season. Linebacker Dee Ford finished the game with 3 sacks and 7 tackles, but it was his pass breakup of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers' pass intended for Danny Woodhead in the back of the end zone that sealed the victory.

All-time record:

The Chiefs are 56-54-1 against the Chargers in the all-time series.

Interesting fact:

Tamba Hali has 13.5 career sacks on Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, which is more than twice as many as any other quarterback in his career (No. 2, Kyle Orton-6.)

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