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2013 NFL playoff picture and scenarios: Texans can earn No. 1 seed with one more win

With a 29-17 win against the Indianapolis Colts, the Texans have secured a second consecutive AFC South title.

Bob Levey

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.

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