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Sunday’s Divisional Round action in the NFL Playoffs opens with a clash of division winners: The AFC South-winning Houston Texans visiting the AFC West-winning Kansas City Chiefs.
The reality of this game, though, is that the Texans are fortunate to be in it. During Houston’s 22-19 overtime win in Wild Card Weekend, Buffalo rushed for 172 yards on 5.7 yards per carry. QB Josh Allen passed for 264 yards, and the Bills converted over half its third downs. However, Allen’s immaturity down the stretch led to four stalled drives, and the Bills simply didn’t have the right players to properly break down Houston’s 29th-ranked pass defense.
The Texans did have, to their credit, the greatness of Deshaun Watson, a magician that pulled defeat out of Buffalo’s more deserving hands.
— NFL (@NFL) January 5, 2020
We know everything we need to know about Kansas City’s offense, once again superbly led by last year’s league MVP Patrick Mahomes (319-484, 4,031 yards, 26 TDs, 5 INTs in his injury-limited 2019 action). However, it’s the Chiefs’ improving defense that could be key to a Super Bowl run. Finally healthy, the defense has been dominant over the last two months. The rush defense allowed just 87 rush yards per game in the final three games of the season, and its pass defense finished eighth this season, allowing just 221.4 yards per game.
Starting safety Juan Thornhill tore his ACL in the Chiefs’ Week 17 win over the Chargers; with Will Fuller possibly coming back, Watson could potentially stretch the Chiefs’ secondary. Carlos Hyde ran for 116 yards and scored two touchdowns in a Week 6 win over the Chiefs, and will need a similar performance to help the Texans pull off the upset.
Here’s everything you need to know to live stream Texans vs. Chiefs, including what to watch for on the field.
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Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs
- When: 3:05pm ET, Sunday, Jan. 12
- Where: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
- Streaming: CBS
Texans vs. Chiefs live stream: How to watch the NFL Playoffs online
This game is on CBS, and will be available via the following streaming services.
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with NBC and NBCSN, 10 beIN SPORTS channels, FS1, FS2, UniMás, and Champions League actions via TNT all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) AT&T TV Now
- Cost: $50-$135 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
AT&T TV Now is a bonus for AT&T wireless customers. It provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels. That means NBC and Fox for NFL games, NBCSN, FS1, and FS2 for soccer and other sports, and ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of sports programming. It even offers free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
4) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs live stream: What to expect
This game is going to always come back to whether the Texans’ incredibly patchy defense is going to withstand the great pressure that Mahomes, TE Travis Kelce, and WR Tyreek Hill will exert on it.
The Texans’ J.J. Watt played 50 snaps and had a sack against the Bills in his first game back from a torn pectoral muscle injury that kept him out half the season. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year wouldn’t tell ESPN if he expected to get more run.
“Just because I played one game doesn’t mean my pec magically healed. It’s still in basically the same situation it was in before this game,” he said. “After not playing football for two months, then playing 50-plus plays, you’re going to be sore, you’re going to be a little beat up. It was a quick reminder of how difficult the game of football is when I woke up on Sunday morning. That extra day was nice to be able to rest and recover and get back to work now with the guys.”
- How to watch the NFL Playoffs live online
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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Kahron Spearman is a music and film critic whose work can also regularly be regularly found in the Austin Chronicle.