17-6. That is where Tom Brady’s postseason record stands after the New England Patriots dismantled the Houston Texans, once again, on Sunday night in Foxborough.
Brady and the Patriots offense recovered from a slow start—as well as injuries to Rob Gronkowski and Danny Woodhead—and managed to drop over 40 points on the Texans for the second time this year. Brady threw for 344 yards, three touchdowns and was the only quarterback this weekend to not turn the ball over.
As expected, this time the Texans offense was able to keep it close a little bit longer than in their first matchup with New England; eventually, though, it was once again haunted by red zone ineptness and a particularly costly turnover. The Texans started the game at the NE 12 yard line after a 94-yard kick return by Danieal Manning, but only managed 3 yards. They were forced to settle for a field goal and that would be their only lead of the day.
This game was less about the deficiencies of the Texans offense, though, and more about the Patriots' dominance on the offensive side of the ball. For the second time this year the Texans only managed to sack Brady once, and they continually found themselves off balance because of the Patriots hurry-up offense.
When the Patriots sustained two costly injuries in the first two drives and looked to be a little rusty on offense, it looked as though we were looking at a much lower scoring game than last time. The Patriots would get things going, though, due in large part to third string RB Shane Vereen. Vereen accumulated 124 yards and three total TD on only 12 total touches. Wes Welker also got in on the action after a few early drops and grabbed eight passes for 131 yards.
While this win may have seemed like an impressive victory to the average viewer, Bill Belichick seemed to think otherwise (shocking, right?). In fact, the very next play after the Texans turned it over on downs in the 4th quarter was a 33-yard TD pass to Shane Vereen. Belichick, who had his back turned coaching the defense on the sideline, barely turned his head to see the replay, didn’t mutter a word or any sort of expression, and turned his attention back to the defense. That look said it all for the Patriots. Just another day at the office.
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