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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.  (AP) -  Look out. That familiar sight is the New England Patriotsicon1 Patriots Rout Texans 42 14 In Key AFC Matchup romping through December, looking like a Super Bowl team.

The Patriots rolled over Houston 42-14 on Monday night, stamping themselves once again as the team to fear in the AFC – and making the Texans look like pretenders.

Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns and 296 yards as New England manhandled the team with the league’s best record. The Patriots (10-3), who already own the AFC East title, won their seventh straight and moved one game behind the Texans (11-2) for the conference’s top seed.

“It’s a Monday night game,” Brady said. “We have played in a lot of big games in December.”

A matchup of the top two scoring teams in the league was a mismatch from the outset. It took New England only one possession to start its scoring barrage as the Patriots surpassed their average of 35.8 points per game.

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