Texans clinch AFC South, Colts remain atop Wild Card standings

Scott Halleran

Despite losing the division, Indianapolis still has the inside edge on a wild card berth.

The Indianapolis Colts had hoped that they could win the division and get a home playoff game, but those hopes were dashed by a 29-17 loss to the Houston Texans. That gives the Texans a 12-2 record and the AFC South crown this season. Houston has the best record in the AFC and can clinch the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs if they beat the Vikings and win at Indianapolis in their last two games.

The Broncos (11-3) and Patriots (10-3) also remain in the hunt for the top seed.

That does not mean that Andrew Luck is out of the race for a playoff run in his rookie season. The Colts (9-5) lead the AFC Wild Card standings with a one-game lead over the Bengals and a 1.5-game lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are playing the Cowboys in an afternoon matchup. The Colts, Bengals and Steelers are the only non-division-leading teams in the AFC with winning records.

If Indianapolis can win in Kansas City next week, the Colts will clinch a Wild Card berth.

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