INDIANAPOLIS -- The Houston Texans officially need help.
The Texans (12-4) back into the playoffs and need assistance to secure a first-round bye in the AFC. They need the New England Patriots to lose or tie against the Miami Dolphins or the Denver Broncos to lose to the Kansas City Chiefs. Both seem unlikely.
If you believe in momentum, the Texans have the opposite.
UPDATE: So much for Houston getting any help. The Broncos routed the Chiefs, and the Patriots followed suit against the Dolphins, making the Texans the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs -- which means they'll host the Cincinnati Bengals in next weekend's wild-card round.
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