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The Texans' loss to the Colts on Sunday opened the door for the Broncos to clinch home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win over the Chiefs in their regular-season finale.
The Denver Broncos will clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The scenario was made possible after the Houston Texans lost to the Indianapolis Colts, 28-16, earlier in the day.
The reward for garnering the conference's top seed is home field advantage throughout the postseason, something that would be very beneficial for the Broncos, who traditionally are tough to beat at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and lost just once there in 2012. All that stands between the Broncos and a slate of home games in the AFC playoffs is Kansas City, which entered Sunday's game with a 2-13 record.
The New England Patriots will lock up the AFC's No. 2 seed with a win over the Miami Dolphins in Foxboro, Mass. on Sunday. That leaves the Texans, who lost three out of their final four regular season games, likely hosting a wildcard-round game against the Cincinnati Bengals next week. One game is locked in regardless of the results of the Sunday afternoon games: The Colts will face the Baltimore Ravens on the road next weekend.