The Pittsburgh Steelers' 18-16 wild-card win over Cincinnati on Saturday night came at a heavy cost.
The right shoulder of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is aching and wide receiver Antonio Brown is dealing with a concussion after absorbing a hit to the head from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict that set off a bizarre chain of events that ended with Chris Boswell's winning field goal with 14 seconds left.
The availability of the cornerstones of the NFL's third-ranked offense for Sunday's game with the Denver Broncos is unclear.
Roethlisberger will be evaluated this week and Brown's teammates insisted the All-Pro was "fine" after appearing to be briefly knocked out after getting drilled by Burfict.
Roethlisberger had to be carted to the locker room late in the game because of a right shoulder injury (the result of another Burfict hit) but came back to direct the final scoring drive. It was clear, though, that his throwing arm was hurting.
Around the league
• The Kansas City Chiefs announced that an MRI revealed that receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered a sprained ankle in Saturday's playoff win.
• In the hours after Cincinnati lost to the Steelers on Saturday night, Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson interviewed with both San Francisco and Cleveland about their head coaching vacancies.
• Two sources told the Associated Press that the Philadelphia Eagles will interview Tom Coughlin for their coaching vacancy on Monday. The Eagles met with Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson on Sunday morning.
• Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan hired his twin brother, Rob Ryan, as assistant head coach with a specific responsibility for defense. What's unclear is where Bills current defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman fits in the team's hierarchy.
• The Bills signed general manager Doug Whaley to a three-year contract extension.