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.
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BOSTON – For most teams in the NBA, road games are a necessary evil.
Not for the Celtics. At least, not lately.
The Green Team hits the road for its next three games, and that has been a good thing – a real good thing – lately.
Boston (11-8) has won its last four road games, the kind of success that breeds a heightened level of confidence heading into this current trip which begins tonight at Philadelphia.
And it only helps that they hit the road coming off a 97-92 win over Sacramento on Friday.
“We have to carry that momentum with us,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “You know how...anytime in this league, the momentum, you have to stay with it. We’ve been having success away from home. It was big for us to get this win (over the Kings) to start the road trip off.”
A big part of Friday’s victory was the play of Al Horford who finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots. The points and rebounds for Horford were both season-highs.
Horford’s breakout performance came on the heels of a 121-114 loss to Detroit, a game in which Boston’s $113 million man (Horford) only took five shots.
“Coach [Brad Stevens] didn’t say anything about going to him just specifically,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “We just found him and made the right play and when he got it he was very aggressive.”
Part of Horford’s success was that he was in more of an attacking mentality. But he also benefited from a Kings defense that didn’t double-team him nearly as much as the Pistons did.
“I got a lot of early looks in the game and like I said [following the Pistons loss] I think the Pistons did a good job defending and doubling and forcing me to pass the ball. [Friday night] I had more opportunities to be aggressive.”
Facing a Sixers team that ranks among the NBA’s worst in several defensive categories, Horford and the rest of his Celtics teammates should have ample opportunities to make plays offensively.
And in doing so, they will be able to add on to what has been an already impressive stretch of play this season away from home.
“I think it will be good,” Horford said. “[Tonight] it’s a Philly team that plays hard and we just want to keep building on [Friday night’s win over Sacramento] and just try to be better.”