<
>

Texans' win & Patriots' effect

11/22/2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Houston Texans' 34-31 overtime win over the Detroit Lions naturally has a trickle-down effect for the New England Patriots in the AFC playoff picture.

The victory improves the Texans to 10-1. The Patriots enter tonight’s game against the Jets at 7-3.

Had the Texans lost -- and the Lions certainly had their chances to put them away -- it could have potentially set up a scenario where the Patriots-Texans game in Foxborough on Dec. 10 gave New England an inside track for a first-round playoff bye.

Instead, the Texans maintain a two-game cushion at this time, with the Ravens (8-2) and Broncos (7-3) also in the mix. The Patriots would lose a tie-breaker with the Ravens (based on head-to-head loss) and would win a tie-breaker with the Broncos (based on head-to-head win).

Texans remaining schedule

Dec. 2 – at Titans

Dec. 10 – at Patriots

Dec. 16 – vs. Colts

Dec. 23 – vs. Vikings

Dec. 30 – at Colts

Patriots remaining schedule

Nov. 22 – at Jets

Dec. 2 – at Miami

Dec. 10 – vs. Houston

Dec. 16 – vs. San Francisco

Dec. 23 – at Jaguars

Dec. 30 – vs. Dolphins

Ravens remaining schedule

Nov. 25 -- at Chargers

Dec. 2 -- vs. Steelers

Dec. 9 -- at Redskins

Dec. 16 -- vs. Broncos

Dec. 23 -- vs. Giants

Dec. 30 -- at Bengals

Broncos remaining schedule

Nov. 25 -- at Chiefs

Dec. 2 -- vs. Buccaneers

Dec. 6 -- at Raiders

Dec. 16 -- at Ravens

Dec. 23 -- vs. Browns

Dec. 30 -- vs. Chiefs