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Week 16 NFL Scores & Standings: Colts Inch Closer To AFC South Title, Texans Embarrass Themselves

Tennessee Titans 14, Kansas City Chiefs 34 - Surprisingly, the Kansas City Chiefs -- excuse me, Arrowhead Pride is demanding I correct myself. Surprisingly, the AFC West Champion Kansas City Chiefs did not dominate with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones on the ground. Instead, Matt Cassel threw three touchdown passes and Eric Berry returned an interception for a 54-yard touchdown to ensure that the Chiefs will host a playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium in two weeks. The Titans just stood no chance in Kansas City.

Washington Redskins 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (OT) - Another week, another blown opportunity for the Jacksonville Jaguars who seem to be Texaning their chances at an AFC South division championship.

Without Maurice Jones-Drew again, the Jaguars struggled on the ground and could never ease the load on David Garrard, who also led the team with 39 rushing yards. The Jaguars out-gained Washington 336-251 total yards, but Washington's Graham Gano managed to kick the game-winner in overtime.

Indianapolis Colts 31, Oakland Raiders 26 - Who needs Peyton Manning when you have Dominic Rhodes? Rhodes, who hadn't played in the NFL since 2008 before last week, was the star for the Colts as he ran for 98 yards. Manning did contribute on a game-sealing 27-yard run off a naked bootleg and also tossed three touchdown passes and two interception passes. For their struggles this year, the Colts deserve kudos for holding the Raiders to only 80 rushing yards and maintaining their hold on the AFC South.

Houston Texans 23, Denver Broncos 24 - ESPN is rubbing its hands in glee as they can begin their Tim Tebow NFL highlight reel after he throws for 308 yards and scores the game-winning six-yard touchdown run. Regardless of what these flip-flopping media folks say, it's more about how bad the Houston Texans defense is rather than Tim Tebow having hope to be a great NFL quarterback. The Texans defense played, in my mind, their worst game of their historically bad season.

For Houston fans? Well, this should be the nail in the coffin of defensive coordinator Frank Bush, his entire defensive staff, and, looking more and more likely, head coach Gary Kubiak and general manager Rick Smith.

UP-TO-THE-SECOND AFC SOUTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Indianapolis Colts 9-6 (3-2)
Jacksonville Jaguars 8-7 (3-2)
Tennessee Titans 6-9 (2-3)
Houston Texans 5-10 (2-3)

NFL Playoff Scenarios: Indianapolis wins the division if...they win against Tennessee OR Houston beats Jacksonville.

Jacksonville wins the division if...they win against Houston AND Tennessee upsets Indianapolis.

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