Win or go home: Colts-Titans game flexed to 'SNF'

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NBC, which will be broadcasting the final game of the regular season on Sunday Night, has noticed the magnitude of the game and planned accordingly. The Chargers could still win out, finish 13-3 and still only be the fifth seed because the Chiefs have a better record in divisional games.

But first things first: the Patriots need to close out the season with a win over the Jets to nail down a first-round bye.

At 8-6-1, the Steelers losing to the NFC-leading Saints would open the door for the Ravens to steal the AFC North with a victory over the Cleveland Browns.

The Texans lost in Philadelphia but secured a playoff spot anyway, thanks to the Steelers' loss in New Orleans. Further east, the New England Patriots completed a ideal season at home - winning their 10th consecutive AFC East title. The Baltimore Ravens have a half-game lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers with one game left on the schedule. Because both teams play each other next week and the Steelers unable to get to 10 wins, the Colts and Titans will be playing an elimination game in Week 17 in Nashville (unless they tie).

Houston Texans 10-4, first in AFC South.

Week 16 in the National Football League is notoriously crucial when it comes to determining the fate of teams looking to secure a playoff berth, and this year's edition has certainly lived up to that reputation.

Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after a touch down against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.



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