In Foxborough, MA, the New England Patriots welcomed the Houston Texans by totally humiliating them. The final score was 42- 14. With that victory the Patriots went to 10-3 and the Texans to 11-2. It put New England in great shape to earn a bye in round one of the AFC playoffs and to secure home field advantage. It also revealed that Houston, which has looked for formidable, is vulnerable on both sides of the ball.
Pats’ Offense Explodes
New England, which has now won seven straight games after an uneven start, came out of the gate quickly. In this game, they scored 21 points in the first 20 minutes and held the Texans to zero points until the third quarter when Houston scored a TD at 6:12.
The Pats had 419 total offensive yards with 130 running and 289 passing. Brady was 21 of 35 and tossed 4 TDS and 0 INTS. On the ground, Stevan Ridley ran for 79 yards and 1 TD. Tight end Aaron Hernandez caught 2 touchdown passes and Brandon Lloyd 1. Lloyd had 89 receiving yards, which was tops for the team. Donte Stallworth had just one catch but it was for 63 yards and 1 TD.
New England D Shows Control
The Patriots’ defense controlled that side of the ball. They had 1 INT, 2 sacks and 7 TFL. They also notched 7 PDs and 8 QB hits. Houston had 247 yards receiving and 100 rushing. They didn’t make it into the end zone until late in the third. In fact, they didn’t make it into the red zone until then!
With just a few games left to go, all New England has to do is take care of business and they will be in the driver’s seat during the playoffs. New England welcomes San Francisco next week and then travels to Jacksonville to play the Jags. In the final week of the 2012 season, the Pats return home to play the Miami Dolphins.
San Francisco is 9-3 and first in the NFC West. The Jaguars are just 2-11 and hapless, while the 5-8 Dolphins are in last place in the AFC East. Of the three games left in the season, the one against the 49ers should be the toughest. The Pats can beat them. That’s for sure and being at home will be a big help. Are the Patriots for real? Yes, they are!