When: Saturday, Jan. 7 at 4:30 PM ET
Where: Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX
What: The AFC South saw the Houston Texans win its first division title, earning them a home playoff game against the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bengals from the AFC North.
In 10 years as a division, the AFC South has seen the Indianapolis Colts win the division seven times, but after Peyton Manning's well-documented neck injury, the crown was up for grabs. A much-improved Houston team, especially on the defensive side of the ball, snatched it.
The Texans limp into the game without either of their top two quarterbacks and best defensive linemen. Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart went down with season-ending injuries earlier this season, leaving the quarterback position up to rookie T.J. Yates. Veteran Jake Delhomme is ready in the wings.
Mario Williams, Houston's Pro Bowl defensive end, went down much earlier this season as well. Star running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson have both dealt with injuries, too. Houston may have won the division, but they may have lost the war.
Cincinnati is a team full of youth. Rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green are going to be a great duo for years to come. They are perhaps the two most important reasons for why the Bengals are headed to the playoffs, though the defense has performed admirably.
Neither of these teams is great, but one of them has to win.
Result: Texans 24, Bengals 17