The Indianapolis Colts will visit the division rival Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on Saturday to kick off the 2018 NFL playoffs.
The game is scheduled to start at 4:35 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN and ABC. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone, or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ABC (live in select markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
ESPN and ESPN2 are both included in the “Sling Orange” channel bundle. You can sign up for a free seven-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the ESPN app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms.
Watch on Your Phone: NFL Mobile
Streaming of in-market and prime-time games can be watched on phones via the NFL Mobile app.
DAZN is a cable-free, live-sports streaming service that comes with a one-month free trial. It’s offerings depend on your country, but those who are in Canada can watch every NFL game, including the playoffs, and NFL Network live and on-demand via DAZN.
You can sign up for a free one-month trial of DAZN right here, and you can then watch the game on your computer via DAZN.com, or on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Xbox One, or other compatible streaming device via the DAZN app.
If You’re Outside the United States & Mexico
If you’re not in the United States, surrounding territories, or Mexico, you can watch NFL games live via NFL Game Pass International. The cost of the package depends on which country you’re in.
Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.
Colts vs Texans Preview
The AFC South rivals split a pair of three-point road wins in the regular season. Most recently, the Colts (10-6) knocked off the Texans (11-5) 24-21 in Week 14 to snap Houston’s nine-game winning streak, which started with a 37-34 win over Indianapolis in Week 4.
Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton burned Houston’s defense for 199 yards through the air on nine catches in the Week 14 win.
“When T.Y.’s in the zone, he’s in a zone, man,” Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said after the victory, according to the Associated Press. “It’s fun to play with him and it’s an honor to play with him.”
Luck completed 29 of 41 passes for 399 yards, a pair of touchdowns, and one interception.
“They did a good job, they played good football,” Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said, per AP. “T.Y. obviously had a huge day. We knew going in that’s a guy we had to stop and we didn’t. That’s on everybody. Luck did a good job spreading it around, guys got open and he found them. We have to play better.”
Hilton’s made a habit of going off at NRG Stadium. In seven games on Houston’s home turf, he’s amassed more than 100 receiving yards four times, and more than 175 receiving yards three times. He’s the all-time leader in receiving yards per game at NRG, at 133.3.
“This is my second home, man,” Hilton said after the Week 14 victory, per AP. “This is my second home. I don’t know. Every time I come here, I just go off. I don’t know what it is.”
The Texans sacked Luck six times across their two matchups. Indianapolis gave up just 12 in their other 14 tilts; their 18 total QB takedowns surrendered was the best mark in the regular season. The offensive line features a pair of rookies in Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith.
“I would just tell you they’re good,” Houston head coach Bill O’Brien said, according to ESPN. “I think when you look at their offensive line with [tackle Anthony] Castonzo and Quenton — I’ve known Quenton, I recruited him at Penn State, [center] Ryan Kelly. They’ve got guys that are very athletic, very strong — very good offensive line that plays well together. So, it’s a big challenge for us.”
Saturday will mark the playoff debut of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who played in a pair of national championship games in college, falling to Alabama in 2016 and leading Clemson past the Crimson Tide a year later.
“It’s just another opportunity for myself and this whole team to be able to show what we’ve got and put in the work,” Watson said, according to STATS LLC. “I’ve played in a lot of big games before in college and stuff, but you can’t really pit college playoffs with the NFL. This is the hardest business, top-notch. It’s a whole new season, a whole new speed of game. So it’s going to be new for me (and) it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
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