Texans clinch AFC South title with win over Jaguars

  • By Grant Gordon NFL.com
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At one point it seemed as though the Houston Texans clinching an AFC South title was a foregone conclusion.

Now, it finally is as the Texans' 20-3 victory over the Jaguars wrapped up the division crown on Sunday.

Having lost two of their past three after a previous nine-game winning streak heading into Sunday, the Texans (11-5) took care of their own fate with the win, which bestowed upon them their fifth division championship and third in four seasons.

The win also clinched the Texans' run from worst to first, joining the Bears as teams who made the turnaround this season. In 2017, the Jaguars and Eagles achieved the feat, thus making it back-to-back seasons in which two teams pulled it off.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this has never happened in MLB, NBA or the NHL -- two teams going "worst to first" in their divisions in consecutive seasons.

In 15 of the past 16 NFL seasons, at least one team has finished in first place in its division the season following a last-place division finish.

Since the franchise's inception in 2002, Houston has made the playoffs five times, all after winning the division crown (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018).