The Kansas City Chiefs will travel to NRG Stadium to take on the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs this Saturday at 3:35 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
The Texans won the AFC South division with a 9-7 record and the Chiefs clinched the AFC's first Wild Card spot at 11-5.
Saturday will mark the second meeting between the Chiefs and the Texans, who met in a Week 1 game the Chiefs won, 27-20. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had 243 yards passing and 3 touchdowns in the victory.
"It feels like it was a long time ago, but it was our opener so you do have an extended preparation time for that as well," quarterback Alex Smith said. "They're probably a much different team at this point, so you've got a lot of tape to catch up on and see where they're at and how they've changed.
"I know statistically they've been playing really good football on the defensive side these last few weeks, so there's a lot of film to catch up on between now and then."
Photos from the Chiefs week one matchup against the Texans
Houston's defense gives up just 316.5 yards per game, ranking it third in the league. Houston's best defensive player is defensive end J.J. Watt, whose 3 sacks on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars clinched the 2015 league lead with 17.5.
The Texans rallied after a slow start in 2015 to win 7 of their last 9 games and clinch the division and the first-round home playoff game.
Head coach Andy Reid commented on playing the Texans after Kansas City's 23-17 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
"I think they're probably a different team, and we're probably a different team, and we go," he said. "Now, it might be the same people, but we're probably different teams, and we've just got to prepare ourselves like we always do, and we'll be fine. [We'll] make sure we go through the process, work on our fundamentals, techniques and scheme, make sure we master that and go."