Not only will the Texans (12-4) miss out on home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, they failed to secure a first-round bye. Houston will host the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) next week in the Wild Card round.
The No. 4 Baltimore Ravens (10-6) will host the No. 5 Colts (11-5) in the other Wild Card game. Despite an inferior record to the Colts, the Ravens earned home-field advantage in that contest by virtue of winning the AFC North.
Thanks to Houston's loss, the Denver Broncos (13-3) were able to clinch the AFC's No. 1 seed and home-field advantage with a 38-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The New England Patriots (12-4) locked up the No. 2 seed with a 28-0 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The Broncos and Patriots will get a week off before beginning their playoff journeys.