Houston Texans: Playoff game will be on Saturday

Houston Texans, Lonnie Johnson(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Houston Texans, Lonnie Johnson(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans will open the 2019 NFL Playoff schedule with the first game played, which will be on Saturday, Jan. 4 at NRG Stadium.

The time and date has been set for the Houston Texans Wild Card Round game at NRG Stadium against the Buffalo Bills. It was announced after Sunday Night Football the No. 4 seeded Texans will be facing the No. 5 seeded Bills on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 4:35 p.m. ET.

Houston’s Wild Card game will be aired on ABC/ESPN, and the Texans get to host the game as they are the AFC South champions with a 10-6 overall record. The Bills are also 10-6 this season, and both the Texans and Bills lost their Week 17 games.

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On Sunday, the Texans rested their starters and lost to the Tennessee Titans 35-14, with the Titans earning a playoff spot as the No. 6 seed. The Bills lost to the New York Jets, 13-6, as they too rested starters in the regular-season finale.

As for the entire Wild Card Round Playoff Schedule, the schedule for Saturday, Jan. 4 and Sunday, Jan. 5 is as follows:

Saturday, Jan. 4

• No. 4 Houston Texans (10-6) vs. No. 5 Buffalo Bills (10-6) (ABC/ESPN, 4:35 p.m. ET).

• No. 3 New England Patriots (12-4) vs. No. 6 Tennessee Titans (9-7) (CBS, 8:15 p.m. ET)

Sunday, Jan. 5

• No. 3 New Orleans Saints (13-3) vs. No. 6 Minnesota Vikings (10-6) (FOX, 1:05 p.m. ET)

• No. 4 Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) vs. No. 5 Seattle Seahawks (11-5) (NBC, 4:40 p.m. ET)

The Texans are all-time 3-5 overall in the playoffs, with a 3-2 all-time mark in the Wild Card round, and 0-3 in the Divisional Round in franchise history.

Last year as AFC South champions, the Texans lost to the Indianapolis Colts by an 21-7 score. Their most recent playoff win was on Jan. 7, 2017 (2016 Playoffs) over the Oakland Raiders by a 27-14 score.

The Bills last won a playoff game on Dec. 30, 1995 when they defeated the Miami Dolphins, 37-22 in the Wild Card round. Their most recent playoff game was on Jan. 7, 2018 (2017 Playoffs) when they lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 10-3.

Houston and Buffalo have a tough task ahead of them this Saturday, but they are in the “second season,” and for the Texans, they need to have a better game plan and even better execution than they did in the playoffs last season.

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Enjoy the feeling of making the playoffs, as this week is the biggest week for the Texans thus far this season.