Texans clinch 2nd straight AFC South title

Texans clinch 2nd straight AFC South title

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HOUSTON - Dec. 16: Bryan Braman #50 of the Houston Texans celebrates after an eight yard return of blocked punt for a first half touchdown during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium on Dec.16, in Houston.

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by KRISTIE RIEKEN / The Associated Press

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Posted on December 16, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 18 at 7:22 PM

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Texans are AFC South champions for the second straight year after beating the Indianapolis Colts 29-17 Sunday.

Andre Johnson had 151 yards receiving and a touchdown, Bryan Braman scored a special teams touchdown on a blocked punt, and Shayne Graham kicked five field goals.

The Texans (12-2) grabbed their first AFC South title last season after the Colts nosedived without injured quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning is gone and Andrew Luck couldn’t do much against the inspired Houston defense.

The Colts (9-5) had won three straight and needed a win to clinch a playoff berth a year after going 2-14.

But Houston held them off, thanks in part to three sacks from J.J. Watt, to get back on track a week after an embarrassing 42-14 loss to New England on national television. The Texans will have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs in they win out.

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