The New England Patriots were yet again forced to overcome another first-half deficit in Houston on Sunday. Trailing 17-7 entering the third quarter, Tom Brady impressively dissected the Texans defense, as the Patriots hung 27 second-half points on the Texans. In defeating Houston 34-31, New England improved its record to 9-3 on the year.
Brady threw for 371 yards and added two touchdowns in doing so. Rob Gronkowski racked up 127 yards and was on the receiving end of one of Brady’s touchdown strikes. Julian Edelman also had a standout performance, registering 101 yards receiving.
Stephen Gostkowski drilled a pair of crucial 53-yard field goals in what was a back-and-forth affair that featured five second-half lead changes.
Shane Vereen added a receiving touchdown while James Develin and LeGarette Blount punched in scores on the ground.
For Houston, Ben Tate exploited a shaky New England rush defense, eclipsing the 100-yard mark on his way to three touchdowns. Andre Johnson became the 15th player in NFL history to reach 900 career receptions, as he caught eight balls for 127 yards in the tilt.
In a game that featured little defense, Logan Ryan snagged a Patriots’ interception with the Texans on the move into New England territory. Jonathan Joseph notched a Texans’ interception as well.
The loss marked Houston’s 10th straight defeat. New England’s victory makes it eight consecutive triumphs in the month of December.
Bill Belichick’s club will next square off with the Cleveland Browns on December 8.