Titans win at Houston clinches playoff spot

Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 1:00am

The Tennessee Titans now know the task before them if they want to earn their fourth playoff berth in the past five seasons.

And it is the simplest means possible for them to accomplish: Win this Sunday against the Houston Texans and the Titans will clinch a wild-card playoff berth.

The Titans, 10-4, still have an outside chance to wrest the AFC South championship away from the Indianapolis Colts, but Tennessee would have to win out against Houston and Tampa Bay and have the Colts lose out this week against Denver and in the regular-season finale against the Texans.

The Titans have the inside track to a playoff position because even if they finished tied with Denver (9-5) and Miami (8-5 entering Monday night), a victory over the Texans would give Tennessee an 8-4 AFC record. The Titans also have a head-to-head victory with the Dolphins.

Tennessee currently would hold a No. 5 seed, and if that plays out, likely would face the winner of the AFC North. Cincinnati and Baltimore are both 8-6 with Bengals holding the current edge in the tiebreakers.

Week to week thing

Even though top receiver Derrick Mason added a spark to the return game, in addition to nine catches for 137 yards, Titans coach Jeff Fisher wouldn

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