Your 11-5 Houston Texans are the third seed in the AFC Playoffs. The 10-6 Indianapolis Colts are the sixth seed in the AFC Playoffs. Those records and seeds could very easily be different for a number of reasons, with one of the more prominent factors being Frank Reich’s decision to go for it on 4th and 4 from Indianapolis’ 43-yard line with less than a minute left to play in overtime back in Week Four. If the Colts convert that fourth down, or if Reich elected to punt, there’s a very good chance the Colts are the third seed and hosting the sixth-seeded Texans tomorrow in the NFL Playoffs at Lucas Oil Stadium. Or, frankly, as a loss to the Colts in Week Four would have dropped the Texans to 0-4 and a tie would have seen their record move to 0-3-1, the Texans might not even be playing playoff football.
Enough with what could have been. Let’s talk about what we know, as no Texans fan would dare to miss Deshaun Watson’s first career playoff game.
Kickoff Time: 3:35 p.m CST on Saturday, January 5th.
TV Broadcast: ESPN/ABC.
Radio Broadcast: Sports Radio 610 (AM), 100.3 (FM), and SXM 83 (local broadcast)/88 (national broadcast). NFL Game Pass also provides an audio streaming service.
Online Streaming: Viewers in the U.S. can use the NFL Mobile app if they have a Verizon subscription. Anyone else can use the NFL Game Pass subscription service to watch the game.
Opponent Blog: Stampede Blue.
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NFL Network Replay: To be determined.
In terms of what we'll be doing on game day itself, expect "Countdown To Kickoff" to post at 11:30 a.m. CST on Saturday, with the first open thread for the game posting promptly at 3:15 p.m. CST. We'll add live open threads each quarter after that, and then we'll have a post-game reaction thread as soon as the game's over.
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