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Home-field advantage, first-round bye on the line for Texans Sunday

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 24, 2012 – 9:57 am

Andre JohnsonThe 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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10 Responses to “Home-field advantage, first-round bye on the line for Texans Sunday”

  1. By Richard on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Get a win on sunday.

  2. By JJ on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Concerned about my Texans. We have been exposed and I would really like to understand why we struggle in the big games with big names?

    Watt is great, but where is the rest of the D-Line?

    What happened to our O-Line integraty last game?

    Why not take more chances down field when the run game is not going so well?

    Please, Please, Please make this last game s statement game and relegate the Colts to young and short lived playoff run!

    I am praying the the footlball gods!

  3. By Bill Breckenridge on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    JUST WIN!!!

  4. By JOHN KILLOUGH on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply


  5. By JOHN KILLOUGH on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Disregard my last text. I was wrong. And i am glad.

  6. By Joey on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Great, we just jinxed ourselves for a rematch of last year.

  7. By Rob Harvan on Dec 28, 2012 | Reply

    With the loss to the Vikings, the team missed an opportunity to show that it can win home field advantage at home in front of its fans..

    This makes the game Indianapolis game critically important.

    Now is the time to rise to rise and meet the challenge!

  8. By Steve S on Dec 29, 2012 | Reply

    we are not giving up our belief in our Texans and all the players that work as a sound unit on all 3 teams.They will achieve a win in Indie and do this city and their fans real proud.
    Really hope that Matt Shaub will put it all on the line as leader of the offense and run if needed to make gains and not hesitate to pass in the Red Zone if Coach allows him to.
    keep it together guys – we love you and what you have done for Houston Texan fans everywhere so far.
    Steve S KIngwood TX

  9. By Laray Johnson on Dec 31, 2012 | Reply

    I have been a season ticket holder from day 1, Over the last two seasons the Texans seem to be playing not to lose instead of playing to win. If the QB is the problem then change QB. You cann’t keep doing the same thing game after game and expect different results.

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