HOUSTON, Texas — The Houston Texans dominated on both sides of the ball early Sunday night and held off a late rally to down the Patriots, 28-22. With the loss, the Patriots (10-2) now fall to the second seed in the AFC, behind the Baltimore Ravens (10-2).
After allowing a field goal to the Patriots on the first drive of the game, the Texans (8-4) scored three consecutive touchdowns - one in each quarter - before adding another in the fourth at home.
Deshaun Watson was the star of the night for Houston, throwing for three touchdowns and catching another against a Patriots defense that entered the game as one of the league's best. By the end of the game, they had given up 234 yards and four scores to Watson.
Offensively, the Patriots struggled early against a J.J. Watt-less Texans defense. Tom Brady threw for 326 yards but completed 24-of-47 passes. He had three second half touchdowns and a first quarter interception.
James White was on the receiving end of two Brady touchdown passes, hauling in a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter and a 14-yard score in the fourth. Julian Edelman hauled in the third touchdown pass, scoring on a 20-yard strike with just 50 seconds left in the contest.
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