The Patriots didn’t exactly start fast Sunday vs the Texans, but in the end it was too much of the New England offense, as they piled up 41 points in a 13-point win over the Texans 41-28.

The win for New England puts them, yet again, in a familiar place, the AFC Title Game. The Patriots will play host to the AFC North champ, the Baltimore Ravens, next Sunday at 6pm for the right to go to the Super Bowl.

Not all was cheery for the Pats, as the team lost stud TE Rob Gronkowski for the remainder of the playoffs, as the TE broke his forearm early in the win over the Texans.

With no “Gronk,” some unlikely names got the shot to produce for New England, with RB Shane Vereen scoring three times, once on the ground and twice in catching scores.

Tom Brady went 25-for-40 for 344 yards with three touchdowns in the win.

Texans QB Matt Schaub went 34-for-51 for 343 yards and two scores and a pick in a losing effort. Arian Foster ran for 90 yards and a score, and also pulled in 7 catches for 63 yards with a touchdown.

New England was up 17-13 at the half, and put the game away with two scores in the third quarter to take a commanding 31-13 advantage enroute to the win.

 

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