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NFL playoffs schedule: Browns vs Texans Wild Card game date and time

AFC South champions versus the top AFC Wild Card team

Cleveland Browns v Houston Texans Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns return to the NFL playoffs for the first time since the 2020 season and only the third time since The Return in 1999. Despite winning 11 games and beating the Houston Texans in their head-to-head matchup, the Browns will travel to take on the AFC South champions in the Wild Card round.

Sunday Night Football’s game between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills had no impact on Cleveland versus Houston but had a big impact on the playoff schedule. The entire postseason schedule was announced at halftime of Dolphins vs Bills.

Several variables, primarily how interesting the broadcast networks think games will be, impact when each postseason game will be played on Wild Card weekend.

Now, we know the date and time of the Browns versus Texans:

In Week 16, Cleveland knocked off Houston but rookie QB CJ Stroud was out in that game. Browns WR Amari Cooper had a huge game with 11 receptions for 265 yards and two touchdowns.

The Wild Card matchup also has two of the leading candidates for Coach of the Year going head-to-head. HC Kevin Stefanski calls the plays for Cleveland’s offense while rookie HC Demeco Ryans runs Houston’s defense.