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Texans haven’t decided whether to close roof yet

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The first Texans playoff game in history may be played indoors despite beautiful weather in Houston.

The Texans told PFT Saturday morning that a decision will be made on whether the Reliant Stadium roof is open two hours before kickoff.  Weather is only “one factor that plays a part” in the decision.

It’s partly cloudy with weather in the mid-70’s in Houston on Saturday. There is no chance of rain. But we suspect the Texans will keep the roof closed because it creates a bigger homefield advantage.

The roof was also closed when they faced the Falcons, and many players said it was the loudest they have ever heard a home crowd at a Texans game.

We’re sure fans won’t mind the roof being closed if it helps them win their first play off game.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m. ET: The roof will be closed.

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12 Responses to “Texans haven’t decided whether to close roof yet”
  1. bleedgreen11 says: Jan 7, 2012 1:47 PM

    If you have a roof I see no reason why you should not take advantage of that. Sure, it’s nice to play “outdoors” but the advantage it gives the home team is too much to pass on.

    a false start is a real drive killer, and as ATL and DET and SEA have proven, loud fans and a loud stadium creates those false starts. Do it.

  2. beastofeden says: Jan 7, 2012 2:11 PM

    The TJ Yates is going to stink up the place I’m sure they will leave it open.

  3. cowhawkfan says: Jan 7, 2012 2:13 PM

    I think the NFL office should require home teams with movable roofs to make a decision 5 days prior to the 1st play-off game on whether their roof will be open or closed for the remainder of the play-offs. They can make whatever decision they prefer, but it’s unchangable. Forget weather factors, they are irrelevant. Teams with open air stadiums have to deal with whatever whether occurs so there is no reason everyone can’t.

  4. pacificamjr says: Jan 7, 2012 2:28 PM

    if its an advantage to have it closed, why would they ever have it open?

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jan 7, 2012 2:43 PM

    It doesn’t matter. The ONLY reason they are even playing today is because Peyton didn’t play this year. One and done. Not going to happen again.

  6. willige says: Jan 7, 2012 2:55 PM

    The Bengals will win regardless of the roof

  7. detruthes says: Jan 7, 2012 3:00 PM

    Do whatever you have to do to win👍

  8. goforthanddie says: Jan 7, 2012 3:12 PM

    Roofs are for weather reasons, not “home field advantage”. I’m sure the wonderful fans who coughed up extra for that retractable roof would like to see their money in action on a nice day.

  9. jnewmanco1 says: Jan 7, 2012 4:01 PM

    Close the roof and keep it loud. Go Texans!

  10. oms0004 says: Jan 7, 2012 4:09 PM

    I remember when Bud Selig forced the Astros to open their roof during a playoff series a few years ago. I’m happy to see Godell isn’t making a power play like that. If the Texans host another playoff game I hope he stays out of it.

  11. binarybulge says: Jan 7, 2012 4:43 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Jan 7, 2012 2:43 PM
    It doesn’t matter. The ONLY reason they are even playing today is because Peyton didn’t play this year. One and done. Not going to happen again.

    Peyton won’t be playing for them next year, either. Texans go right back to the playoffs.

  12. binkystevens says: Jan 7, 2012 4:55 PM

    Roofs shouldn’t exist in the NFL in the first place, so I wish this would not be a point of debate. No self respecting football fan wants to watch football with a roof over their heads.

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