One year after putting together the NFL's worst record, the Indianapolis Colts are headed to the playoffs.
Joining them on Sunday were the Cincinnati Bengals, finishing out the field in the AFC.
The Colts (10-5) equaled the 2008 Miami Dolphins as the only teams to win at least 10 games after losing 14 or more the previous season. Top overall draft pick Andrew Luck out of Stanford completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne late in the game for a 20-13 win at Kansas City.
Cincinnati qualified for a second straight postseason berth for only the second time in franchise history, edging Pittsburgh 13-10. The Bengals have never gone to the playoffs in successive years that did not involve a strike-shortened season.
Luck finished with 205 yards passing to break Cam Newton's year-old rookie record of 4,051 yards in a season. He also extended his rookie record for fourth-quarter comebacks to seven by leading his team downfield in the closing minutes.
"Mission accomplished," Colts interim coach Bruce Arians said. "Without getting emotional, knowing (coach Chuck Pagano) is going to be back Monday, the work week shouldn't be as stressful."
Pagano has been battling
For the Bengals (9-6), Andy Dalton hit A.J. Green with a 21-yard pass in the final moments, setting up Josh Brown's 43-yard field goal with 4 seconds left.
"A lot of people talked about we hadn't been in in back-to-back seasons in 30 years," Green said. "I don't worry about that stuff. I've been here two years and we made the playoffs all two years."
Minnesota's 23-6 win at Houston prevented the Texans from earning home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. AFC South champion Houston (12-3) still can get that by winning at Indianapolis in the season finale.
New England (11-4) has won the AFC East, Denver (12-3) the West. Baltimore (10-5) clinched the North by beating the New York Giants 33-14, sending the defending Super Bowl champions to the brink of elimination.
Washington's 27-20 win at Philadelphia, combined with New Orleans beating Dallas 34-31 in overtime, means the Redskins (9-6) will win the NFC East by beating the Cowboys (8-7) next week. But Dallas takes the division by winning at Washington.
Green Bay (11-4) routed Tennessee 55-7, and the NFC North champions would wind up second overall in the conference and get a bye with a win over Minnesota or a 49ers loss to Arizona. On Saturday, South winner Atlanta (13-2) won 31-18 at Detroit to clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
Minnesota (9-6), Chicago (9-6), New York (8-7) and Washington could wind up with the final NFC wild card. Seattle (10-5) earned at least a wild-card spot with a rout of the 49ers on Sunday.