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Houston Texans Clinch Second Consecutive Playoff Berth


For the second time in two years, the Houston Texans are headed to the AFC Playoffs. After disposing of the Tennessee Titans, the Texans punched their ticket to the postseason, but interestingly enough didn’t win their division.

The only scenario for the Texans on Sunday was for them to clinch a berth, and while they’d like to lock up the division as well, that will have to wait until next week. The fact that the Indianapolis Colts won on Sunday doesn’t help the Texans chances of clinching the division as well, as the Colts are 8-4 and three games behind the Texans with four games left.

On top of that, the Texans and Colts play twice in the last four games.

But that’s in the future, and the Texans can have the division won before they even meet the Colts for the first time this season in week 15. However, the Texans are fine with the baby steps approach to making a Super Bowl run. Last year they got a bit ahead of themselves with it being the first time in franchise history the team made the playoffs, but this year a more well-rounded team is primed for a serious run.

Houston is 11-1 and is in line to win the No. 1 seed in the AFC but that too is a far off goal even with so few games left. The Ravens and Patriots are right on the heels of the Texans for that top seed and it’s not impossible for the Texans to have to play on the first weekend of the playoffs.

But even if Houston loses out, they’ll be making an appearance in the playoffs, and the first step to bringing a Super Bowl home to Houston is complete.

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