Largely considered to be the most underwhelming of the wild-card games because of the matchup at quarterback. Because of injuries, rookie Connor Cook will start for the Raiders, becoming the first QB in NFL history to make his first start in a playoff game. And he will face the league's top-ranked defense.
"You do the best you can regardless of the circumstances," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. "To me it's a great opportunity. You have these great opportunities in life to be at your best, and you get these great challenges."
Oakland is in the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season, when it went to the Super Bowl and the Raiders have won 12 games for the first time since the 2000 season.
Brock Osweiler, who struggled for Houston after signing a $72 million contract, will start with Tom Savage out with a concussion. Houston looks to win a playoff game for the first time since 2012 season.
The teams met on Nov. 21 in Mexico City and the Raiders won 27-20.