The Texans and Patriots do not share a poisonous past. Any connection or rivalry between them is based on merit; they're simply the best at what they do, which is why they'll spend the next few years standing in each other's way.
Houston and New England have become the yardsticks by which all other teams are measured, which is why the eyes of the sporting world belonged to them on Monday Night Football.
But interestingly enough, the game wasn't close at all.
New England won 42-14. Amazingly, that score doesn't even do the demolition justice. In the process, the Patriots elevated their record to 10-3 and took one more step toward controlling their destiny.
Here are New England's biggest winners and losers from Monday Night Football.