Titans Clinch Home-Field Advantage Throughout 2022 AFC Playoffs with Win vs. Texans

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 9, 2022

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 09: A.J. Brown #11 of the Tennessee Titans catches the ball for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans have clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a 28-25 Week 18 win over the Houston Texans.

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The team will now get the lone bye in the conference, as well as home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

Tennessee appeared a long shot to earn the top seed after losing three of four games from Week 11 to 15. But the squad has bounced back with three straight wins to finish 12-5, including a tiebreaking win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7.

It's an impressive accomplishment considering the injuries the Titans have dealt with this season, notably losing star running back Derrick Henry to a foot injury in Week 8. A.J. Brown and Julio Jones have also missed time along with key parts of the offensive line, but Ryan Tannehill has found a way to keep the offense afloat.

With players starting to get healthy, the Titans could be dangerous.

Tennessee went on a surprise run to the AFC Championship Game after going 9-7 in 2019, but last year's team stumbled in the playoffs despite higher expectations, losing in the first round to the Baltimore Ravens.

The challenge could be finding consistency, something that has eluded the Titans in 2021. Despite impressive wins over the Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams, they also have losses to the New York Jets and Houston Texans. 

Head coach Mike Vrabel will try to keep his team focused as it looks to bring home a Super Bowl title.