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Texans can clinch home-field advantage with a win, but must fix mistakes before facing Indy

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    Houston Texans running back Arian Foster walks to the locker room during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)The Associated Press

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    Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Houston. The Vikings won 23-6. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)The Associated Press

The Houston Texans blew a chance to clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with Sunday's ugly loss to Minnesota.

They'll get another opportunity to do it in the regular-season finale at Indianapolis next Sunday.

But first, coach Gary Kubiak is looking to correct many problems on his team. The biggest one, he says, is improving on third downs. Houston (12-3) has struggled in that area for three weeks, and against the Vikings was worst on third downs since Kubiak took over.

He says there are many reasons the Texans are struggling on third downs. A glaring one is that they have routinely faced long third downs because of an inability to run well on first and second downs .

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