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BREAKING: Texans win AFC South; Steelers reach playoffs

There were two unknowns regarding the AFC playoff picture entering the final week of the season.Both have now been answered.The Hous


There were two unknowns regarding the AFC playoff picture entering the final week of the season. Both have now been answered. The Houston Texans (9-7) wrapped up the AFC South, thanks in part to a 30-6 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11), but confirmed it due to the New Orleans Saints (7-9) 20-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons (8-8). That result confirmed that the Indianapolis Colts (8-8) could not reach the playoffs, despite their 30-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans (3-13). That loss also guaranteed the Titans the number 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, a year after they had the number 2 selection, picking quarterback Marcus Mariota. Elsewhere, it was heartbreak for the New York Jets (10-6), as quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions in 22-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills (8-8). It gave former Jets head coach Rex Ryan a sweep of the Jets with his current employers, with this loss eliminating the Jets from playoff contention thanks the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) domination of the Cleveland Browns (3-13) 28-12. The Jets started the day in the final wildcard spot, but were leapfrogged by the Steelers, whose hopes were hanging by a thread after their surprise loss to the Baltimore Ravens (5-11) last weekend. However, fast forward a week, and it’s the Steelers still standing when all is said and done.


BREAKING: Texans win AFC South; Steelers reach playoffs

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