Thanks to Houstons late-season slump, Denver and New England will have byes when the AFC playoffs begin next week.
The Texans fell from first to third in the conference Sunday in a 28-16 loss at Indianapolis, which welcomed back coach Chuck Pagano after nearly three months of treatments for leukemia.
AFC West champion Denver won its 11th straight game, 38-3 over Kansas City to secure the top seed. New England blanked Miami 28-0 for the second spot.
Minnesota edged Green Bay 37-34 to grab the final NFC wild card, sinking the Packers to the third seed. Those teams will meet again next Saturday night at Lambeau Field.
The other NFC matchup will have Seattle (11-5), which beat St. Louis 20-13, at Washington at 4:30 p.m Sunday. The Redskins defeated the Cowboys 28-18 to win the NFC East.
Cincinnati (10-6) will be at Houston on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., and Indianapolis (11-5) goes to at Baltimore (10-6) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the AFC wild-card rounds.
The divisional round games will be hosted by Denver on Saturday, Jan. 12, followed by San Francisco (11-4-1) at night. On Sunday, Jan. 13, Atlanta (13-3) will host the early game, followed by New England (12-4).
Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns as Denver (13-3) routed the Chiefs. New England got the second seed despite having the same record as Houston because it beat the Texans, who lost three of their final four games.
Adrian Peterson had 199 yards against the Packers, finishing with 2,097 – Eric Dickersons single-season rushing mark in 2,105.
But it was rookie kicker Blair Walsh who won it as time expired.
Ultimately we got the W, Peterson said. I told myself to come into this game focused on one thing, and thats winning.
Green Bay would have been seeded second in the NFC by beating Minnesota.
The road got a little tougher having to play on opening weekend, but weve got a home game and thats why you win the division, Aaron Rodgers said. We get to go back home, and the game will be different.
Baltimore safety Ed Reed is looking forward to a reunion with Pagano, the former Ravens defensive coordinator.
Chucks like a dad to me, Reed said I would have much rather seen them in the AFC championship game.