If the Texans win Sunday, they get a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs.
A victory Sunday would ensure that they get the weekend after the regular-season finale off and that a Divisional Round playoff game would take place at Reliant Stadium.
Everyone in the franchise knows what's at stake Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Quarterback Matt Schaub was a playoff spectator in 2011, and he believes his first crack at postseason action will be better at home.
“It’d be huge. I think once you get to this point, that’s the goal of any team," Schaub said.
"You want to go ahead and take care of that because then you know you don’t have to travel until the last game (the Super Bowl).
To have it in the confines of Reliant Stadium for all the playoff games, that’s just an advantage for us."
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