Houston Texans host free downtown watch party for big AFC Divisional showdown
The last time our Houston Texans played in a divisional playoff showdown on January 12, 2020, the team got shellacked by 51-31 by the Kanas City Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the new face of the NFL at the time.
Ah, but what a difference four years makes.
On Saturday, January 20 at 3:30 pm, the Texans will face off against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional round at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Current odds have the Ravens — owners of the best regular season record this year — as a 9-point favorite. The Texans also have to contend with Baltimore's frigid weather, blustery winds, and the arms and legs of Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson.
Now, the team boasts C.J. Stroud, who may just be the best player in the NFL today and its new face, as our Ken Hoffman notes. Our fearless rookie coach, DeMeco Ryans — who played in foul weather and snow for years — also ain't afraid of no weather: “I would say, ‘Who cares?," he told the media recently. “Let’s go.’ We’ve got to find a way to make plays.” And let's not forget how the Texans just dismantled the Cleveland Browns last week (literally) — who were also favored before the game.
Here in Houston, fans can scream "let's go” for Stroud, Ryans, and the team at a free, official downtown watch partyat Avenida Houston in The Plaza (Avenida de las Americas). The fun begins at 1:30 pm with a fan fest featuring appearances by Houston Texans Legends; Houston Texans cheerleaders; beloved mascot, TORO; the game day emcees, former Texans wide receiver Cecil Shorts III and Keisha Nicole; the official game day DJ, Vanilla Trill, and more.
Attendees can enjoy the fest fun before kickoff at 3:30 pm, at which time all eyes will be on the giant LED screens and TVs. As this is a non-ticketed event, walk-ups are encouraged, but fans can also RSVP here. Those planning to attend are advised to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and warm clothing options as the day progresses.
As this is downtown, ride sharing is a smart option; Avenida Houston also offers street parking and garage options (found here). Get updates on the fan fest/watch party via the Texans Instagram and Facebook pages, as well as the team site.
Staying in? The game will be broadcast live on ABC and ESPN with Joe Buck handling the play-by-play (who, despite legions of fans stating the opposite, swears he's not a team hater), Troy Aikman on analysis/commentary, and Laura Rutledge handling sideline reporting duties. Fans can also stream live on the Houston Texans app (available on iOS and Google Play) and on NFL+.