FOXBORO -- Funny thing about New England? It's 50 degrees on this January Sunday and somehow that's not weird. Locals are used to unseasonal temperatures. Dress in layers, right?
The Texans appear to enjoy today's high.
Houston players, warming up early before the 4:30 PM divisional playoff, look comfortable running around in shorts or cutoff shirts. About a dozen Texans are reacquainting themselves with the Gillette Stadium field turf. Five weeks have passed since the Patriots defeated Houston, 42-14, in Foxboro.
If the Texans need a little luck to win this time around, at least the weather is on their side. Humidity is at 77-percent and rising. Wind shouldn't be much of an issue as it's expected to stay around nine miles-per-hour.
It's a low-key scene in general here at Gillette. The only things, two hours before kickoff, that say we're in the postseason (literally) are the official NFL "DIVISIONAL" logos that are both painted on the field and adorning the stadium sidewalls.
The calm before the storm.
Today's victor will host the Baltimore Ravens next weekend.
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.