The Texans (12-3) clinched a playoff spot in Week 13 at Tennessee and clinched the AFC South in Week 15 against Indianapolis. Their loss to Minnesota on Sunday means they likely have to win at Indianapolis (10-5) on Sunday to secure a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the playoffs.
Here are the Texans’ Week 17 playoff scenarios, as provided by the NFL:
Houston clinches a first-round bye with:
1) HOU win or tie OR
2) NE loss or tie OR
3) DEN loss
Houston clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1) HOU win OR
2) HOU tie + DEN loss or tie OR
3) NE loss or tie + DEN loss
The Texans play the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday at noon CT. The Denver Broncos (12-3) play the Kansas City Chiefs (2-13) in Denver on Sunday at 3:25 p.m. CT. The New England Patriots (11-4) play the Miami Dolphins (7-8) on Sunday at 3:25 p.m. CT in Miami.
The AFC playoff field is set. All that remains to be determined is the seeding of the top-four teams. If the playoffs started today, the Texans would have the No. 1 seed. The Broncos would have the No. 2 seed, followed by the Patriots, Baltimore Ravens (10-5), Indianapolis Colts (10-5) and Cincinnati Bengals (9-6). The Colts are locked into the No. 5 seed, while the Bengals are locked into the No. 6 seed.
The lowest seed the Texans can end up with is the third seed. In that worst-case scenario, they would play the Bengals at Reliant Stadium in the Wild Card round of the playoffs — a repeat of the 2011 postseason.
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