FOXBORO – The Texans lost 42-14 to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football at Gillette Stadium, dropping their record to 11-2 and missing a chance to get a stranglehold on earning the top seed in the AFC.
It was a lopsided affair from the get-go, with the Patriots scoring on each of their first three possessions on touchdown passes by Tom Brady to take a 21-0 lead. The Texans trailed 14-0 after the first quarter, 21-0 at halftime and 28-7 after the third quarter.
“We got our tails kicked,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “Give them credit. They got after us all night long. No excuses. They got after us pretty good.”
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went 21-of-35 for 296 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions (125.4 rating). The Texans sacked him one time. Texans quarterback
The Texans were penalized seven times for 70 yards. Two of their defensive penalties came on third down in the first half, extending Patriots drives and leading to touchdowns. On offense, the Texans got into Patriots territory five times and into the red zone only twice on 13 possessions.
“It just kept seeming like everything was going wrong," Texans defensive end
On the Texans’ next drive, Schaub was picked off in the end zone by Devin McCourty on second-and-eight from the New England 21. He tried to pass to
After a three-and-out by the Texans, safety
Down 21-0, the Texans drove into Patriots territory twice in the second quarter but turned the ball over on downs both times.
Five minutes into the third quarter, the Patriots went up 28-0 with a 63-yard touchdown pass from Brady to wide receiver Donte Stallworth. Stallworth beat cornerback Brandon Harris on the play on third-and-10.
The Texans got on the scoreboard with a one-yard touchdown run by
The Patriots went up 35-7 with 14:15 remaining on a play that summed up the Texans’ night. Running back Danny Woodhead picked up 16 yards on a short pass to the right. Defensive end
Patriots running back Stevan Ridley scored on a 14-yard touchdown run on third down with 7:28 remaining. Texans safety
At 11-2, the Texans still have the best record in the AFC. They control their own destiny for the No. 1 seed in the conference with games remaining at home against the Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota vikings and on the road at Indianapolis.