Set to make an appearance in the postseason for the second straight year, the Houston Texans will kick off their quest for a Super Bowl championship on Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Texans enter after losing three of their last four games, but still managed to snag home-field advantage due to their impressive 11-1 start to the season. In the first of four Wild Card games scheduled for the NFL's opening weekend, Houston will try to fend off a 10-win Cincinnati team eager to turn its red-hot second-half surge into a deep playoff run.
After topping the 4,000-yard passing mark for the third time in his career, Houston quarterback Matt Schaub will finally make his first NFL start as a playoff signal caller this weekend. Schaub suffered a Lisfranc injury to his right foot late last season and was forced to watch the playoffs from the sidelines, but is fully healthy and looks poised to lead the Texans to their first AFC title game in team history.
Saturday, Jan. 5
Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans - 3:30 p.m. CT - NBC
Sunday, Jan. 6