If the Texans had beaten the Colts, the seedings would have been this: 1. Hou 2. Den 3. NE 4. Bal 5. Ind 6. Cin First, it would have meant that NE wouldn't have had a bye. No extra week of rest. Turns out it didn't help Gronk (ugh), but it probably helped guys like Talib and Ninkovich. Second, it would have matched NE up with Cincy in the first round. NE obviously would have been favored, but Cincy's pass rush could have given NE fits and maybe there would have been a greater risk of an injury to Brady. Third, assuming NE beat Cincy, they would have had to face Denver in Denver. After watching them lose to Baltimore, maybe some folks here think that would have been a cakewalk. Not me. I think that would have been a very tough game for the Pats. And fourth, it probably would have meant a road trip to Houston. We know NE can beat Houston, obviously, but those games were in Foxboro. Probably a different story in their stadium with their crowd, etc. Again, NE could definitely have won that game, but it's a completely different situation playing on the road instead of hosting them at Gillette. So it meant NE having to play an extra game, and then likely having two road games to get to the Super Bowl. Now, they got the bye, and two home games.