What does Colts' win mean for Texans?

What does Colts' win mean for Texans?
December 9, 2012, 5:30 pm
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Andre Luck led the Colts to a come-from-behind win over the Titans on Sunday as Indy improved to 9-4.

That win ruined the Texans' plans of winning their second-consecutive AFC South title this week.  

Had the Colts lost and the Texans won, Houston would have clinched the division title. Now, that will have to wait until at least next week, maybe longer depending on how the Texans' game goes against the Patriots on Monday night.

The Texans and Colts play two times in the final three games of the season. Even if the Texans win on Monday, the Colts would still have a chance to take the division. There's still a chance the division could come down to the last week of the season when Colts host the Texans.

With the Colts' win on Sunday, the Texans' hopes of clinching a first-round bye this week vanished too.

If the Colts lost, paired with either a Denver or Baltimore loss or tie, the Texans would have earned a bye in the first week of the playoffs.

Denver won on Sunday but the Ravens lost, so the Colts' win hurts even more. If the Titans held on to a 13-point second-half lead on Sunday, the Texans would have earned that bye with a win on Monday night.  

So far, the Texans have earned just a spot in the playoffs, nothing else.

Coming into the weekend, there was also an outside chance the Texans could have earned homefield advantage throughout the playoffs this week too.

That went out the window when the Colts won as well. To do that, the Texans would have needed the Colts, Broncos and Ravens to lose and they would have needed to beat the Patriots on Monday night.