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What Jaguars win over Texans in Week 12 means for NFL playoff picture in AFC

Jacksonville beats Houston 24-21. We break down what it means for the AFC playoff picture.

Jacksonville Jaguars v Houston Texans Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images

In Week 12, the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Houston Texans by a score of 24-21. Houston kicker Matt Ammendola had a chance to tie the game with less than a minute left, but his 58-yard field goal fell short. The Jaguars improve to 8-3 with the win while the Texans are now 6-5.

Both of these teams entered Week 12 in the playoff picture, as the Jaguars were leading the AFC South, and the Texans found themselves in the No. 6 spot for the AFC while clinging on to a wild card berth. The AFC South is mostly a two-team race between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans, so this outcome could go a long way in deciding the division crown.

The Jaguars now have a nice lead in the AFC South with an 8-3 record. The Colts and Texans are still in the race, both holding 6-5 records, but Indianapolis currently holds the tiebreaker with a head-to-head win. The Titans also grabbed a victory on Sunday, but they are still a long way off the pace with a 4-7 record.

The loss pushes the Texans outside of playoff consideration, at least for now, as the Colts were able to leapfrog them in the AFC standings.

The Jaguars are now in firm contention for the top overall seed in the AFC, holding a conference best 8-3 record that is tied with the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins. The Ravens will have a chance to reclaim that spot with a win at the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football. The Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns, both at 7-3, can slide into that logjam atop the AFC standings if they both achieve road wins in Week 12.

The Jaguars will host the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football next week. Next up for the Texans, they’ll host the Denver Broncos on Sunday, December 3.