1. The Texans are in the playoffs for the first time, but with a dark cloud hanging over the season.
Houston had failed to reach the playoffs in each of its first nine seasons. In fact, it enjoyed only one winning record since its debut season of 2002, and even then just barely (9-7 in 2009).
So an AFC South title, an appearance in the postseason (and a home game no less) should be cause for considerable excitement in Houston.
But a certain pall hangs over the organization and has diminished the expectations for a powerhouse team that, halfway through the season, looked ready to run away with an AFC championship. No team in football, not even the Packers, provided a better 1-2 punch of great offense and shutdown defense than the Texans did into November.