HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The New England Patriots came into Sunday Night’s game against the Houston Texans on a two-game losing streak. They hadn’t lost three games in a row since 2002. That streak continued on Sunday as the Patriots dropped the Texans 27-6 in a game that was flexed to the prime time spot for NBC.
Tom Brady saw two of his big play-makers in Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski come back to the field after injuries and the Texans offense couldn’t muster much against the Patriots. The Texans offense totalled 189 yards of offense and seven first downs for the entire game.
The Texans first two drives would go three and out while the Patriots second drive was highlighted by a 42-yard catch by Rob Gronkowski as Whitney Mercilus fell down trying to defend him. The Patriots would score when Tom Brady hit former Texans wide receiver Keshawn Martin for a two-yard score.
A Duane Brown personal foul penalty almost torpedoed the Texans ensuing drive but on 3rd and 14 Brian Hoyer found Nate Washington for 49 yards to get deep in Patriots territory. The Texans drive would end in a field goal making it 7-3.
The Patriots would answer with a field goal of their own by Stephen Gostowski to make it a 10-3 New England lead. Nick Novak again would hit a field goal, this time from 42 yards, to make it a 10-6 Patriots lead.
The two teams would trade punts letting the Patriots take over in Texans territory. The Patriots would convert a 3rd and nine play to setup a one yard Gronkowski touchdown grab. They would take a 17-6 lead into the halftime.
The Patriots would get the ball to start the half and move the ball down the field with ease on the Texans. On the drive, the Texans would win two challenges, each erasing first downs, and the final one forcing a 49-yard field goal attempt, which the Patriots would make. 20-6 the Patriots would lead with just under 12 minutes left in the third quarter.
The Texans would be forced to punt, but Keshawn Martin would fumble the ball leading to a Texans recovery. The Texans wouldn’t be able to convert it to points as they went for it on fourth and four only to come up short. The Patriots would do nothing with their opportunity punting it back to the Texans.
With just over five minutes in the third quarter, Brian Hoyer would drop back to pass and have the ball batted away from him fumbling the ball letting the Patriots take over. The automatic review of the ball would lead to the Texans getting the ball back. The very next play Hoyer would get sacked, fumbling the ball. The Texans would recover making it 4th and 31. They would punt. Jadeveon Clowney would end the Patriots drive with a sack of Tom Brady on third down.
The teams would trade punts where the Texans would eventually take over deep in their own territory. Brian Hoyer would be sacked and fumble allowing the Patriots to take over at the Texans nine-yard line. They would score on a James White run play. 27-6 Patriots.
The Texans drive would end on a sack of Brian Hoyer on 4th and 3 in Patriots territory. The Patriots would drive down on their next drive and settle on a field goal.
Because Hoyer was being evaluated for a concussion, T.J. Yates would take over for the Texans at quarterback. He did not produce a first down after being sacked on second down. The Patriots would run the clock down to end the game.
The Houston Texans head to Indianapolis next week to face off with the Colts in a battle for the division lead in the AFC South. Both teams are tied at 6-8 on the season.
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