Colts Cling to Slim Playoff Hopes

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Updated: December 20, 2016

By James Pence
IndianaSports.com
Staff Reporter

Indianapolis Colts fans breathed a slight bit of relief after they kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 34-6 win against the Minnesota Vikings. In a matter of less than 20 minutes, the Colts chances of making the postseason got even slimmer.
After the broadcast conclusion of the game, Colts fans got to see the finishes of their divisional opponents conclude. The Titans won in dramatic fashion on a last second field goal to prevail over Kansas City 19-17. The broadcast was then switched to the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars contest, only realizing that Texans backup quarterback Tom Savage rallied his team to a 21-20 comeback victory after trailing 13-0.
Yes, you read that right-Tom Savage. He replaced starter Brock Osweiler had a dismal performance and throwing two inceptions in the second quarter and was announced Monday as their starter for their Week 16 matchup against Cincinnati.
Following the victories and only two games remaining in the regular season, the Colts road to the postseason gets a lot tougher. They need a lot of help in order to clinch the AFC South division. They can still earn a wild-card berth, but a lot more scenarios need to happen.
Three scenarios need to happen for the Colts to clinch the AFC South division:
1. Colts win out (vs. Oakland in Week 16 and vs. Jacksonville in Week 17)
2. Tennessee loss to Jacksonville in Week 16 AND a Week 17 win or tie to Houston
3A. Houston loss or tie against Cincinnati in Week 16 AND a Week 17 loss to Tennessee OR
3B. Houston loss against Cincinnati in Week 16 AND a Week 17 loss or tie to Tennessee (Colts eliminated if Texans have two ties)
If they can’t get the division, here are the scenarios that need to happen to clinch a playoff berth:
If Titans win division:
1. Colts win out (vs. Oakland in Week 16 and vs. Jacksonville in Week 17)
2A. Houston loss or tie against Cincinnati in Week 16 AND a Week 17 loss to Tennessee OR
2B. Houston loss against Cincinnati in Week 16 AND a Week 17 loss or tie to Tennessee (Colts eliminated if Texans have two ties)
3A. Baltimore loss to Pittsburgh in Week 16 AND a loss or tie to Cincinnati in Week 17 OR
3B. Baltimore loss or tie to Pittsburgh in Week 16 AND a loss to Cincinnati in Week 17 (Colts eliminated if Ravens have two ties)
4A. Denver loss or tie to Kansas City in Week 16 AND a loss to Oakland in Week 17 OR
4B. Denver loss to Kansas City in Week 16 AND a loss or tie to Oakland in Week 17 (Colts eliminated if Broncos have two ties)
5. Miami loses out (vs. Buffalo in Week 16 and vs. New England in Week 17)
If Texans win division:
1. Colts win out (vs. Oakland in Week 16 and vs. Jacksonville in Week 17)
2. Tennessee loses one of two remaining games
3A. Baltimore loss to Pittsburgh in Week 16 AND a loss or tie to Cincinnati in Week 17 OR
3B. Baltimore loss or tie to Pittsburgh in Week 16 AND a loss to Cincinnati in Week 17 (Colts eliminated if Ravens have two ties)
4A. Denver loss or tie to Kansas City in Week 16 AND a loss to Oakland in Week 17 OR
4B. Denver loss to Kansas City in Week 16 AND a loss or tie to Oakland in Week 17 (Colts eliminated if Broncos have two ties)
5. Miami loses out (vs. Buffalo in Week 16 and vs. New England in Week 17)

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