Jan 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wild Card NFL Playoff game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Two years ago, the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders played in an AFC Wild Card playoff that was broadcast on ABC while an ESPN crew worked the game. Despite the fact that Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was on injured reserve at the time, he received so much attention that Twitter lost its mind with each new mention of the one guy who wasn’t actually playing.


Saturday, the Texans were back in the playoffs, this time against the Buffalo Bills with Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland broadcasting the game for ESPN. This time, J.J. Watt was activated off the injured reserve list so that he could play. In true Football Guy fashion, Watt is returning from injury faster than expected in order to be a part of the playoff game. Also, ESPN put a mic on Watt, so you know what that means…

The Buffalo Bills currently lead the Houston J.J. Watts 10-0 in the 2nd quarter.

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.