Houston Texans will face Kansas City Chiefs in Divisional Round

Deshaun Watson Houston Texans (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Deshaun Watson Houston Texans (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans now know who they will be facing in the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs.

After a wild Saturday in the AFC Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs, the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans are advancing to the Divisional Round.

The No. 4 seeded Texans will be facing the No. 3 seeded Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium at 3:05 ET on Sunday, Jan. 12. On Saturday, the Texans defeated the No. 5 seeded Buffalo Bills, 22-19 in overtime.

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No. 6 Tennessee won by a 20-13 score over the No. 3 seeded New England Patriots, advancing the Divisional Round against the No. 1 seeded Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8:15 p.m. ET.

As for the Texans and Chiefs, remember the Texans defeated the Chiefs during the regular season on Oct. 13 by a 31-24 score at Arrowhead Stadium. In that game, the Texans trailed by a 17-3 score at the end of the first quarter only to rally 28-7 in the final three quarters for the win in Week 6.

In that win, Deshaun Watson went 30-of-42 for 280 yards passing with one touchdown and two interceptions. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes finished 19-of-35 for 273 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

The Texans — who are the AFC South champions — have never won in the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs in their franchise history, last playing in that round on Jan. 14, 2017 against the Patriots. Houston lost that game by a 34-16 score in the 2016 Playoffs. Houston is 0-3 all-time in the Divisional Round.

Kansas City enters the Divisional Round game at 12-4 overall, and as the AFC West champions. KC in their franchise history are 3-8 overall in the Divisional Round, including winning last season against the Indianapolis Colts, 31-13.

The two franchises last faced each other in the postseason in the 2015 NFL Playoffs on Jan. 9, 2016 in the Wild Card Round with Kansas City winning by a 30-0 score.

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Next Sunday is by far one of the biggest games in Texans history. The good thing is the Texans know they can compete with the Chiefs this year, but now they must win at Arrowhead Stadium for a second straight time, and that is no easy task for any team in the NFL.