NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals rise, Packers fall in Week 17

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Dec 27, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Brandon Weeden (5) is congratulated by teammates after running for a touchdown during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports


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In a game nobody wanted to see, the Houston Texans moved a step closer to clinching the AFC South title with a commanding victory over the Tennessee Titans. Brian Hoyer and Marcus Mariota sat out of the game, meaning we got a battle between Brandon Weeden and Zach Mettenberger.

Weeden won. He threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns with no picks, and was sacked just once. A lot of credit has to go to the Houston defense, however. The unit held Tennessee to 257 total yards (227 passing, 30 rushing) and came up with four takeaways. The offense was able to run the ball with 128 yards on the ground, swinging a 13-minute time of possession advantage Houston’s way.

It would take a miracle for the Colts to make the playoffs. The math takes a lot to work your had around, so let’s forget that and put it plainly: Houston has won the AFC South and is going to the playoffs. Indianapolis is heading home, even if Andrew Luck does return next week.

How far can the Texans go in the postseason? Well that’s what’s so great about this game. Anything is possible once you reach the playoffs.

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