NFL Playoffs Schedule: How to Watch, Live Stream Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs in AFC Divisional Round

Four years on from their first-ever NFL playoffs meeting, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans cross path again in the postseason on Sunday afternoon.

In 2016, the Chiefs strolled into Houston and left after thrashing the Texans 30-0 in the AFC wild-card round, as Andy Reid secured a first playoff win as Kansas City head coach.

Frustratingly for him and for Chiefs fans, Reid has added just one postseason win to his resume in the intervening four years—against the Indianapolis Colts last season—and Kansas City has never made it to the Super Bowl.

The Chiefs' postseason malaise predates Reid. Kansas City is 10-19 in the playoffs, the second-worst record of any of the current NFL franchises but are a 9.5-point favorite to reach the AFC Championship Game this season after falling at the same stage against the New England Patriots a year ago.

Reid suggested his team's poor playoff record would not be a mental block for his players.

"When you're in the moment, you're not thinking about [anything else]," he said in his press conference this week.

"You're thinking about winning your one-on-one battle and how you're going to do that. If you win it, you want to win it again. If you get beat on it, then you're going to come back and figure it out—and get busy to do it the right way."

As this graphic provided by Statista shows, Kansas City arrives into the game on Sunday on the back of a week off courtesy of finishing the season with the second-best record in the AFC.

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Eight teams are left in the NFL playoffs, with the divisional round set to get underway on Saturday, January 11. Statista

The extra week of rest could be a significant advantage given Reid has an 18-3 career record coming off bye weeks.

Houston, meanwhile, required overtime to have the better of the Buffalo Bills in the wild-card round.

The Texans erased a 13-0 deficit at halftime to win 22-19, as Deshaun Watson delivered yet again in a crucial moment. The 24-year-old escaped what looked to be a sure sack, spinning free to complete a 34-yard pass to Taiwan Jones to set up the match-winning field goal.

The win over Buffalo matched the tally of playoff wins Houston had accumulated during Bill O'Brien's first five seasons in charge and can reach the AFC Championship for the first time in franchise history.

As ever, Watson will be crucial to his team's chances, but his team will need to do a better job of protecting him, after he was sacked seven times by the Bills.

"He knows how to win," O'Brien was quoted as saying by ESPN.

"And there's not too much more you can say about it."

Watson had one passing touchdown and two rushing scores when the Texans won 31-24 in Kansas City in Week 6.

While the Chiefs defense has made major strides since—it ranks seventh in scoring defense in the regular season—it remains susceptible against dynamic quarterbacks like Watson—they gave up 5.0 yards per rush to quarterbacks this season, ranking 25th in the league.

Aside from defensive improvements, Kansas City can also count on a fully-fit Patrick Mahomes. The reigning NFL MVP was hampered by an ankle sprain when the two teams met in Week 6 and still managed to throw for 273 yards and deliver three touchdown passes.

With Tom Brady and Drew Brees in the winter of their career, along with Lamar Jackson Watson and Mahomes represent the present and the future of the NFL.

Sunday's game is only the third time in the Super Bowl era two quarterbacks under the age of 25 have collided in the divisional round.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Sunday.

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Deshaun Watson (R) #4 of the Houston Texans talks with Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs after beating the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Peter Aiken/Getty

When and where is the game?

The Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, January 12.

Kick-off is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast nationally by CBS.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via CBS's digital platforms, CBS Sports website and fuboTV.


The Texans erased a 13-point deficit at halftime to beat the Buffalo Bills 22-19 in overtime in the wild-card round, while the Chiefs had the week off after finishing with the second-best record in the AFC.

Series record

The all-time series is finely balanced, with the Chiefs winning six games to the Texans' five. Houston, however, has won two of the last three meetings, including a 31-24 win in Week 6 this season.

Kansas City has won the only previous meeting in the playoff, thrashing the Texans 30-0 in the wild-card round in January 2016.


According to Oddschecker, the Chiefs are a 9.5-point favorite and are 23/25 to cover the spread, while the Texans are 33/10 underdogs and the over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 51.

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