New England 42, Houston 14

Monday, December 10, 2012 8:30 PM
WHEN: 8:30 PM EST, Monday, December 10, 2012
WHERE: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
TEMPERATURE: 59°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Terry McAulay
ATTENDANCE: 68756

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Houston 0 0 7 7 14
New England 14 7 7 14 42

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Houston 11-2 5-1 6-1 L1
New England 10-3 5-1 5-2 W7

Recap


Patriots 42, Texans 14: Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes and New England rolled to its seventh consecutive victory while snapping visiting Houston's six-game winning streak.

Tight end Aaron Hernandez caught a pair of scoring passes and Brandon Lloyd and Donte Stallworth each had touchdown receptions as the Patriots (10-3) remained tied with Denver and moved within a game of the Texans (11-2) for the top seed in the AFC postseason chase.

Brady threw for 296 yards and led New England to touchdowns on its first three possessions for a 21-0 lead four minutes into the second quarter. The league's two-time MVP had his 18th career four TD-game and extended his streak with a scoring pass to 45 consecutive games - third-longest in history.

Matt Schaub finished 19-for-32 for 232 yards and Arian Foster scored his league-leading 16th touchdown for Houston, which suffered its first road loss but remained two games ahead of Indianapolis atop the AFC South Division.

The momentum turned abruptly in the opening quarter when Devin McCourty intercepted Schaub's pass at the goal line. Brady needed only six plays to move the Patriots 82 yards, capping it when he found Lloyd with a 37-yard scoring strike for a 14-0 edge. Stallworth reeled in a 63-yard bomb five minutes into the third quarter to make it 28-0.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Lloyd scored a second touchdown when he pounced on a fourth-quarter fumble in the end zone for New England, which has won 13 consecutive games in December, tying the Dallas Cowboys (1968-72) for the second-longest streak of all time. ... The Texans surrendered more than 30 points for the third time in four games and have allowed 42 points in each of their losses. They fell to Green Bay 42-24 at home on Oct. 14. ... Patriots CB Aqib Talib injured his hip in the second quarter and did not return. ... Stallworth, who was released by the Patriots in the preseason and signed this week, scored his first touchdown since Dec. 24, 2011.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Houston   New England
Arian Foster Player Stevan Ridley
15 Attempts 18
46 Yards 72
3.1 Avg Yards 4.0
1 Touchdowns 1
15 Long 14
Receiving
Houston   New England
Andre Johnson Player Brandon Lloyd
8 Receptions 7
95 Yards 89
11.9 Avg Yards 12.7
0 Touchdowns 1
25 Long 37

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Houston 323 100 223 2 0 1 1.0 2
New England 419 130 289 6 0 1 2.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • New England will play their next game at home against San Francisco . The Patriots have a W/L % of .769 after a win and .769 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game at home against Indianapolis. The Texans have a W/L % of .846 after a win and .846 after a loss.