NFL Playoff Picture: Texans Holding Down No. 3 Seed In AFC Race

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: T.J. Yates #13 of the Houston Texans throws against the Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Four of the six teams in the AFC playoff race are set with Denver and New York holding down the final two spots heading into the final two weeks of the season.

New England is alone at the top of the AFC playoff picture after defeating Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos 41-23. Pittsburgh will go into their Monday night matchup with San Francisco as the No. 2 seed in the AFC after Baltimore's upset loss to San Diego. Houston is the No. 3 seed and is followed by Denver who holds a one game lead over both Oakland and San Diego in the AFC West. 

Baltimore claims the first wildcard spot and is followed by the Jets who hold the tie breaker over the Cincinnati Bengals. Those teams still in the running for playoff spots include Tennessee, Oakland, San Diego and Kansas City. 

Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos have games remaining against Buffalo and Kansas City. The Jets had their three game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles and will take on the Giants next week in a game that is crucial for both teams. New York will close out their season in Miami on New Years day. 

For more on the AFC Playoff picture and the Houston Texans be sure to check out Battle Red Blog

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