The first NFL playoff game of 2019 needed a bit of juice, and a war of words translating into a pregame outfit is just what the doctor ordered. So a special shoutout goes to Johnathan Joseph of the Houston Texans and T.Y. Hilton, who should see plenty of each other in Houston on Saturday.
The run up to this AFC South showdown was not about how the teams were playing each other for a third time, or even Andrew Luck’s resurgence this season after recovering from battle wounds endured at Manassas. Instead, it was about Joseph calling Hilton a “clown” earlier in the week.
Hilton, no doubt, knew about the quote. Which is why he showed up to Houston’s NRG Stadium wearing a clown mask along with his usual pregame wardrobe.
Even the Colts Twitter account was excited about the trolling, capturing a video of Hilton entering the facility and sharing it online before Saturday afternoon’s game.
Joseph, for the record, did not reciprocate with his pregame outfit, choosing instead to shine with some Saint Laurent.
Hilton averages more than 133 yards receiving per game against the Texans in Houston, so the defender certainly will have his hands full with Hilton on Saturday. He immediately got involved on the opening Colts drive and came up with a huge catch to set up the team’s initial score.