Fans can watch the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans football game live online, and see if one of the NFL’s longest playoff futility streaks can come to an end.
The Chiefs have gone 22 years without a playoff win, with their last postseason victory actually coming came against Houston, albeit against the Houston Oilers. But this year the Chiefs come into Saturday’s matchup one of the hottest teams in the league, erasing a 1-5 start to the season with a 10-game winning streak.
The game will kick off at 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, the first game of the NFL’s Wild Card weekend. The broadcast will be on ABC, but fans will also be able to watch the Chiefs vs. Texans game live online (link to streaming video can be found below).
For the Chiefs, the matchup could be a chance to start a new streak. The team last won a playoff game on Jan. 16, 1994, beating the Houston Oilers to advance to the AFC Championship game. But it was there that the wheels fell off, with Joe Montana being battered the next week by a Buffalo Bills team that advanced to its fourth consecutive Super Bowl.
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The Chiefs lost their next seven playoff games, but that’s ancient history to the current Chiefs players.
“I don’t think this team’s carrying that weight, to be honest,” said quarterback Alex Smith, via ESPN, who has the latest loss in the franchise’s playoff streak, blowing a 28-point lead last year in a 45-44 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
“Those were the other 22 years and 22 teams. This is us… we’re just trying to go out and win a ballgame. All that other stuff, we’ll see.”
Fans who watch the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans game live online will see a Houston team that emerged from a weak AFC South. The teams actually had a similar start to the season, with the Texans starting 2-5 before righting the ship. Both also lost their top-tier running backs, with the Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles and the Texans’ Arian Foster both going down early in the season.
The Texans’ season was a surprise to many, especially those who had Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts penciled in to win the division again.
“We expect to win the division, expect to be in the playoffs,” said defensive end J.J. Watt. “We aren’t satisfied with where we are right now. We expect to be where we are right now and we look forward to moving even farther forward.”
Watt has been a strong playoff performer for the Texans, and was actually the only player on the current roster to score a playoff touchdown, a 2011 interception return. In that game Watt had a blocked pass and what was his first career interception.
Watt was also strong in a win over Cincinnati in the wild card game the next year, with five tackles, a sack, and two swatted passes.
“The playoffs are the goal, obviously,” he said. “It’s the goal to get to the playoffs and then to take it from there. So all you can do is take it one game at a time. You need to play your best football in the playoffs. So it’s a great opportunity for us to go out there in front of our home crowd, fly around, have some fun and enjoy ourselves.”
Fans who want to watch the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans game live online can click here for streaming video through WatchESPN.
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