ESPN Kicks Off NFL Wild Card Weekend with Colts vs. Texans


ESPN Kicks Off NFL Wild Card Weekend with Colts vs. Texans

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Airs Saturday, Jan. 5, at 4:35 p.m. ET on ESPN and ABC, ESPN Deportes and the ESPN App

ESPN will open the 2019 NFL Wild Card Weekend on Saturday, January 5, at 4:35 p.m. ET with the Indianapolis Colts (10-6) vs. Houston Texans (11-5). The AFC South rivalry matchup will air on ESPN and be simulcast on ABC. The game will also be available in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and streamed live on the ESPN App.

Monday Night Football’s Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten and Booger McFarland will call the game with reporter Lisa Salters from NRG Stadium in Houston. MNF producer Jay Rothman and director Chip Dean – working their 28th season together (13th on MNF) – will produce the Wild Card game. The ESPN Deportes team includes Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega and reporter John Sutcliffe.

Booger McFarland previewed the Colts-Texans matchup on a media call with Colts writers this week. Audio.

Suzy Kolber Hosts ESPN/ABC Wild Card Pregame Show from NRG Stadium – 3 p.m. ET

Leading into Colts-Texans, Suzy Kolber will host a special Postseason NFL Countdown (3 p.m., ESPN and ABC) live from NRG Stadium with analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson, Steve Young and Louis Riddick. Salters will provide team updates. Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will contribute to the show from the Bristol, Conn. studios. Features:

  • Matt Hasselbeck Conversation with Andrew Luck – Countdown’s Hasselbeck sits with his former Colts teammate to discuss Luck’s comeback season and the Wild Card game.
  • Keyshawn Johnson Conversation with Deshaun Watson – ESPN’s Johnson interviews the Texans second-year quarterback before he makes his NFL Playoff debut.

ESPN reporters for Wild Card Weekend:

ESPN’s coverage of the NFL’s Wild Card weekend also includes:

  • First Take returns to Dallas on Friday (Jan. 4) ahead of the Cowboys’ home Wild Card game
  • Two editions of NFL PrimeTime with host Trey Wingo and analysts Ryan Clark, Tim Hasselbeck and Jeff Saturday
  • A Sunday edition of Postseason NFL Countdown (10 a.m. ET) with Sam Ponder, Rex Ryan, Matt Hasselbeck, Moss, Woodson, Riddick, Mortensen and Schefter. Planned features:
    • Jac Collinsworth profiles Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa;
    • NFL Films looks back at the 30th anniversary of the Eagles-Bears Fog Bowl game;
    • Rex Ryan interviews Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs whom he coached early in Suggs’ career when Ryan was Baltimore’s defensive coordinator.

ESPN NFL shows on Wild Card Weekend (Jan. 5-6):

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Saturday, Jan. 5 4 a.m. NFL Matchup

* reairs 6:30 a.m./ESPN and 8:30 a.m./ESPN2

11 a.m. NFL Championship Chase: Wild Card Weekend (reairs at 2 p.m. on ABC) ESPN2
12 p.m. Postseason NFL Countdown ESPN
3 p.m. Postseason NFL Countdown ESPN & ABC
4:20 p.m. GMC Wild Card Kickoff ESPN & ABC
4:35 p.m. NFL Wild Card Game

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans


ESPN Deportes

7:35 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN
Sunday, Jan. 6 12 a.m. NFL PrimeTime ESPN
10 a.m. Postseason NFL Countdown ESPN
8 p.m. NFL PrimeTime ESPN



Bill Hofheimer

I oversee ESPN’s College Sports PR, while also working on ESPN soccer, Around the Horn, PTI and more. Previously oversaw communications for ESPN's Monday Night Football and NFL studio shows.
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