What has to happen for Texans to make playoffs

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Sunday, December 20, 2015
Houston Texans' Chris Polk (22) runs during the first half.

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- With the Houston's 16-10 win over Indianapolis Sunday, the Texans are now firmly in the driver's seat to win the division.

Houston (7-7) only has to win one of their final two games to win the division and enter the AFC playoffs as the No. 4 seed. Houston plays the Titans in Nashville next weekend and finish the regular season at home against Jacksonville.

If the season ended today, the Texans would host the Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs.

According to ESPN, here's what to look for in Houston's final two games.

Week 16: The Texans only need one more win after beating Indianapolis to secure the division. If they lose to the Titans this week, their next game will essentially be a play-in game. If the Texans beat the Colts and then beat the Titans in Week 16, they will win the division according to the playoff machine. The Colts, Texans and Jaguars all could finish 8-8 in this scenario with the Texans winning the tie-breaker. A three-team tie-breaker first considers which team has the best record among the three, then the winning percentages within the division, winning percentage in common games and winning percentage in conference games in that order.

Week 17: If the Texans lost in Week 16 after beating the Colts, this becomes a play-in game for the Texans against the Jaguars. Win and they're in, no matter what the Colts do. If the Colts win both their Week 16 and Week 17 games after losing to the Texans, the teams finish with 8-8 records and the Texans have the tie-breaker.