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Who's next? Texans must wait to know next opponent | Wild Card Round


The Texans are moving on to the second round of the playoffs, but they'll have to wait two more days to know whether they're at Kansas City or Baltimore.

They'll have to play on the road next week, as they needed the Dolphins and Steelers to pull off upsets this weekend. Miami lost at Kansas City tonight, so the Texans will either face the Chiefs or Ravens on the road next weekend.

Houston pummeled the Browns, 45-14, on Saturday at NRG Stadium in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. As the fourth seed, they'll wait to see the results of the Steelers at Buffalo matchup that will now take place Monday afternoon. Pittsburgh and the Bills were originally scheduled for Sunday, but an impending snowstorm pushed the kickoff back to Monday.

Houston will hit the road and face the top-seeded Ravens in Baltimore if the Bills win on Monday.

The Texans play at Kansas City if the Bills lose to Pittsburgh.

The days and times of those playoff games will be determined on Monday.

No matter who they play, and regardless of location, the Texans believe they're peaking at just the right moment. Quarterback C.J. Stroud, who completed 16-of-21 passes for 274 yards, with three touchdowns and a passer rating of 157.2, described the Texans' roll as of late.

"We're playing our best ball as of right now these last two weeks, last three weeks really," Stroud said. "That's really what you want."

Whoever, and whenever, is determined might take a little time. But safety Jalen Pitre explained what the Texans' focus is for the time being.

"Practice," Pitre said. "Fixing the things that we need to correct and just continue to improve on the things that we did. It's just all about refining the process and getting better going into this next week."

Regardless of the opponent, Texans Head Coach DeMeco Ryans reiterated how confident his team was entering Saturday's win, and how confident they remain with another playoff game to go.

"It's one game at a time," Ryans said. "Continue to go out, don't make the moment bigger than it is. Go out and execute, play relentless football, and we'll be exactly where we want to be."

If the Texans are at home, tickets will go on sale at a later date.

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