Patriots beat Houston in romp, 42-14
This was supposed to be a matchup worthy of its prime time status. It was one of the most highly anticipated showdowns of the season. It did not live up to the hype.
The Texans went into New England and were blitzed by the Patriots 42-14. Tom Brady shredded the Houston defense, throwing for 296 yards and four touchdowns. After the game, Brady said his club was looking to send the rest of the NFL a message.
“We had to see where we were at. It’s always good to win these games. This was an important one for us. We came out ready to go,” Brady said.
On the other hand, the Texans came out flat. They committed a penalty on their very first offensive play. Before they knew it, they were down 14-0 in the first quarter.
“We had a chance to make some plays,” Gary Kubiak said. “I got no excuses for you. We just didn’t make the plays.”
But New England did. Brady threw two of his touchdown passes to tight end Aaron Hernandez. Brandon Lloyd caught a 37-yard scoring strike. And Donte Stallworth, who re-signed with new England last week, found the end zone on a 63-yard catch and run. Kubiak gave Brady all the credit in the world.
“When you play Tom, you’re going to give up some yardage. They’re going to make some plays,” he explained.
Nothing went right for the Texans. Arian Foster ran for just 46 yards on 15 carries. Matt Schaub threw for 232 yards on 19-of-32 passing but was sacked twice and picked off once. Kubiak says he knows it was an ugly loss.
“It was across the board. Bottom line; we got beat and beat pretty good. The Patriots are pretty good,” Kubiak said.
With the loss, Houston fell to 11-2 on the season. And there is no rest for a tired football team. The Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck (son of former Oilers quarterback Oliver Luck), will be at Reliant Stadium on Sunday for their first meeting of the season.
“We gotta get our chin up. We have to play in six days. It’s a big game that we’ll be playing,” Kubiak explained.
Luck’s Colts are 9-4 on the season, two games behind the Texans in the AFC South with three games left in the regular season.