Dec 30 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard (33) celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Sliding Texans lose again, open door for Patriots

The Houston Texans’ collapse is almost complete.

Picked by many to be the AFC’s represntative in this year’s Super Bowl, the Texans took an 11-1 record into Gillette Stadium three weeks ago and limped out with their tails between their legs after a 42-14 thrashing at the hands of the New England Patriots.

Including that loss, the Texans are 1-3 down the stretch, not the kind of intestinal fortitude you would expect from a Super Bowl favorite, as the Texans lost to the Indianapolis Colts this afternoon and put them in danger of losing a top 2 seed in the AFC.

This of course opens the door for the Patriots to claim a Top 2 seed if they can defeat the Miami Dolphins late this afternoon in Foxboro.

In addition, with a win and a Denver Broncos loss to Kansas City, the Patriots can claim the top seed in the conference, which would mean that the road to the Super Bowl would go right through Gillette Stadium.

The Baltimore Ravens also have lost, which means that New England can finish no worse than with the #3 seed in the conference.

More later as events warrant.

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