Houston Texans tailgating reached a fevered peak (yes, peak) Saturday afternoon as the fans wildly celebrated the team's first venture into the NFL playoffs.
Few showed team loyalty more intensely than Cameron Hendrix who painted his head with the Texans logo.
As far as the eye could see, tailgaters pulled out their pits and deep-fryers to prepare the pre-game feast and to ramp it up for the H-E-B Tailgater of the Game competition. That honor went to the Ragin Cajun Tailgaters.
To get an idea of the rowdy atmosphere, think rodeo barbecue cook-off gone football crazy.
The rowdy Bull Pen Pep Band wound its way through the tailgaters, stirring up a cacophonous racket of pre-game enthusiasm.
Texans fans know no shame when it comes to showing their team spirit. Ben and Linda Hernandez were among the revelers in fine form.
James Sivco finds that his referee uniform has many uses. "It's amazing how many times in your life the opportunity arises to wear this." Ball games, Halloween parties, costume parties, etc.
Sivco was part of a group of 10 regular tailgaters, who for this special game day hired the Eastie Boys Food Truck for their fun.
And here the Eatsie Boys themselves— Matt Marcus, from left, Ryan Soroka and Alex Vassilakidis — show off their skills as they work the tailgating scene.
While it was John Andell's idea to skip the cooking and leave it to the Eatsie Boys, his pal Jon Paul Hull made it happen for the 10 guys that have season tickets together.
Showing a civilized approach to tailgating, enjoying fried catfish under a party tent were Calvin and Eunice Simmons, left, and Ramonne and Oslynn Foy.
Justin Barnes oversaw the catfish fry for 30 friends. He explained that it's usually fajitas and brats for the games that start at noon, but the late-start on Saturday made the catfish a tasty bet.
With H-E-B as the tailgating competition sponsor, here's one way to get the judges' attention. Competitors earn brownie points for spotlighting in the grocer in their set-ups.
Taking it easy at the Saint Arnold beer tailgate spot were Lindsey Kohlmeier, from left, Jordan Hofbauer and Donna Hofbauer.
Fans tossed beads — Houston Texans red, white and blue beads, of course — from the top of the Old School Tailgater bus.
That little remote-control cooler was a hit with the crowd on Row E in the Platinum Lot, where Patty Peacock, from left, Mary Carol Lieblong, Ken Peacock and Kenny Peacock controlled the action.
It was a family affair for Robert, left, Nick and Renee Harvey, who are tailgating regulars.
Claire de Roode, left, John Andell and Ashlie Thomas hung out at the Eatsie Boys Food Truck.
BFFs at the Eatsie Boy Food Truck (in no special order) John Andell, James Sivco, Jeremy Radcliff, Anil Mahenra, James Easterling, Cory Kruger, Cory Lacy, Ryan Haley, Dusty Wilkerson and Jon Paul Hull.
Charlie Estrada cooked up a ton of barbecue for the Old School Tailgaters, one of the original tailgating teams, chaired by Timothy Emberton and Greg Busacca.
With the band Spliffer blasting away, these guys entertained a crowd of 300. Loved the "bar maids" licking their fingers between mixing drinks.
Carter Lap climbs atop the school bus for a better view of the tailgating partying.
Marshall Schwalbach loved having this photo made with Meghan Jaks and noted how great it would be if it were acceptable for someone his age to date someone her age. She was part of a Texans team handing out souvenirs.
Momentum Audi honcho Jared Lang, who seems to never miss a good time, made the tailgating scene at the Eatsie Boys truck.