Houston (10-1) has escaped two straight games in overtime against relatively inferior teams, the latest of which was a controversial 34-31 win over the Detroit Lions. Losing 24-14 midway through the third quarter, it appeared as if running back Justin Forsett had gone down after a short run yet no whistle was blown; Forsett got up and ran into the end zone for an 81-yard touchdown. Because Detroit's coach broke NFL rules by throwing the challenge flag on a scoring play (drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty), the play was not automatically reviewed and the Texans would go on to score 17 in the second half and win in the extra frame.
The Titans, meanwhile, built upon an already-uneven season with a 24-19 loss to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, who were appeared to be re-energized behind quarterback Chad Henne. The Titans (4-7) looked flat coming out of a bye week and will have a very tough time defensively against one of the top offensive attacks in the NFL.
The Titans are still technically alive in the playoff hunt but one loss will ruin those chances. Houston will be able to secure the division title with a win and an Indianapolis loss.
Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. CT with coverage on CBS.