The Houston Texans finished up their successful pursuit of a second consecutive AFC South division title on Sunday with a 29-17 victory against the Indianapolis Colts that clinched a second trip to the playoffs in as many years for the team. A loss by the Patriots later in the night helped the Texans come close to clinching a first round bye in the postseason as well.
With a two-game lead and two games left to play, the Texans can't say they've clinched a first-round bye due to the Patriots owning the head-to-head tiebreaker. However, a win in either of the final two games of the season against the Vikings and Colts would be enough to clinch a week off in January.
The Texans also have a one-game lead over the Denver Broncos after nine consecutive wins by Peyton Manning and company, but can still hold them off with just one more win due to a head-to-head tiebreaker earned back in Week 3. That would give the Texans the top seed in the AFC and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
With a playoff spot clinched, the scenario for the Texans in the final two weeks has complicated ways to earn a top seed, but the simple way for the team to earn the No. 1 seed is to win just one of their last two.