Things looked bleak heading into the game for the Texans as 16-point underdogs, and they looked even bleaker after Patriots running back Dion Lewis scored two first quarter touchdowns, including a 98-yard kick return for a touchdown after the Texans managed to cut the Patriots’ lead to 7-3.
But the Patriots — and Lewis in particular — give the Texans new life with back-t0-back turnovers early in the second quarter, both of which the Texans were able to capitalize on.
First, Tom Brady threw a slant to Malcolm Floyd that was just out of the wide receiver’s reach. Floyd tipped the pass directly into the hands of cornerback A.J. Bouye, which set up a Texans field goal to trim the Patriots’ lead to 14-6.
On the ensuing kickoff, Lewis coughed up the football and the Texans’ special teams pounced on the loose ball, setting Brock Osweiler and the offense up inside the Patriots red zone with an opportunity to further cut into New England’s lead.
Osweiler delivered, hitting tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz on a beautiful fake end-around for the score to make it a 14-13 Patriots lead.
We’ve got a ballgame on our hands in Foxboro.