NFL Playoffs: Texans vs. Patriots

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Jan 2013

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Houston Texans @ New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 4:30 p.m. ET

Back in Week 14, the Houston Texans viewed the matchup against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium as the most game in the history of the franchise. The showdown with the Patriots in Houston was thought to be a barometer of how far the Texans have come and how good the team may be against one of the best teams in the AFC. Unfortunately for the Texans, the outcome wasn’t all that promising with the Patriots putting on a clinic against the home team. Houston didn’t stand a chance against New England in Week 14 with the Patriots dominating the Texans from start to finish. Tom Brady and company scored 21 unanswered points in the first half leaving the Texans shocked and battered with no hope heading into the second half. As a result of the Patriots’ dominance, Houston fell to New England by a score of 42-14. The two touchdowns scored by the Texans came in garbage time for Houston and were basically conceded by the second unit of the Patriots’ defense. With the Patriots putting on an offensive showcase against the Texans a few weeks ago, the upcoming playoff game between the two AFC heavyweights has New England heavily favored to come out on top at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots have been on a roll since destroying the Texans and might be able to go the distance if they can continue to play consistently well in the playoffs. Another aspect of the upcoming playoff game that is intriguing is the fact that All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski will be available, healthy and ready to play. Gronkowski didn’t play in their first meeting due to a broken arm suffered in the win over the Indianapolis Colts, but Gronkowski was able to return in the regular-season finale against the Miami Dolphins and played well in the process with no ill effects from the broken arm suffered earlier in the season. With Gronkowski returning healthy and the Patriots as experienced as any team in the postseason, the Texans aren’t considered a serious threat to New England while playing at Gillette Stadium. At this point in time, the Patriots are favored with a -10 point spread. Although the Texans will be prepared to correct their mistakes of the first meeting, I don’t believe they’ll be able to get the best of the Patriots on their home field, but may make it a competitive game.

Prediction: Texans +10

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