Texans win AFC South, Patriots earn wild-card bye

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The New England Patriots have earned a first-round AFC playoff bye.

Yawn.

Extra thrilling is what Houston has completed. The Texans rallied from dropping their first three video games to win the AFC South and would be the No Three seed, internet hosting a wild-card contest subsequent weekend.

Houston (11-5) simply dealt with Jacksonville 20-Three Sunday as Deshaun Watson threw for 234 yards and ran for a landing, and DeAndre Hopkins had 147 yards receiving.

The Texans completed final within the division in 2017. They and the Bears have completed the worst-to-first turnaround this season, making it 15 of the previous 16 seasons that has occurred within the league.

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“It’s do or die now so that you’ve received to place every thing on the road now,” Watson stated. “Put together more durable than you probably did earlier than and something can occur at this level. The match is extensive open and it’s my first playoff, so I’m simply excited to get in and see how issues go.”

New England, in the meantime, will get per week off in early January for the 13th time since 2001, most within the NFL throughout that span. The Patriots (11-5) routed the Jets 38-3, and since they defeated Houston in the course of the season, they get the bye.

“Eleven and 5 is nothing to be unhappy about,” Tom Brady stated. “We fought fairly onerous and put ourselves in good place.”

In later video games, Kansas Metropolis earns the highest AFC seed with a win at house over Oakland or a Los Angeles Chargers loss at house in opposition to Denver. The group that doesn’t take the division would be the fifth seed and play on the AFC North winner.

Baltimore will get that title by beating Cleveland, however Pittsburgh can seize it with a Ravens loss and a Steelers victory over Cincinnati. Baltimore and Pittsburgh are at house.

The Saints have the highest seed within the NFC, and the Rams get the No. 2 spot in the event that they beat San Francisco at Los Angeles. Chicago was seeded third heading into Week 7 — it wants a Rams loss and a victory at Minnesota on Sunday to be seeded second. A Vikings victory offers them a wild card; a loss and a win by defending champion Philadelphia at Washington sends the Eagles into the postseason.

Dallas is the fourth seed and can host a sport subsequent weekend. Seattle additionally owns a wild-card berth.

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