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John RozumCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2013

Arian Foster and the Texans look to pull the AFC upset this week.
Arian Foster and the Texans look to pull the AFC upset this week.USA TODAY Sports

Arian Foster and the Houston Texans just got some additional motivation for their AFC divisional matchup against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

In an article from The Boston Globe, Dan Shaugnessy writes:

Could this get any easier?

I mean, seriously? The planets are aligned and the tomato cans are in place. The fraudulent Houston Texans are the only team standing between the New England Patriots and a trip to the AFC Championship game. All the Patriots have to do is beat the terrible Texans. One week from Sunday. At Gillette Stadium.

Pass Go and collect $200. The Patriots are in the AFC title game.

The 2012-13 Texans? Pure frauds. The worst 11-1 team in the history of the NFL. These Texans have absolutely zero chance of beating New England here next week. And everybody knows that this is true.

Courtesy of Shaugnessy's viewpoint, Foster made part of Shaugnessy's column his Twitter avatar.

For anyone that has participated in sports at any level, especially football, this is juicy for the Texans.

Entering this postseason game against the Pats, Houston already had enough motives to go out and play with the utmost effort. After all, Houston got smacked by New England, 42-14, during the regular-season matchup and proceeded to miss out on the AFC's No. 1 seed.

Then, the Texans also managed to not even earn a playoff bye after starting out 11-1. Finishing a disappointing 1-3, The Denver Broncos then claimed home-field advantage and the Pats took the No. 2 spot.

Combine all those elements and the fire within Houston to win this game is already immense. Include this piece from Shaugnessy, and wow. Foster and the Texans' intensity entering this game simply gets amplified to an unimaginable level.

So, if Houston now brings anything to this game, it's attitude. And lining up against an opponent with attitude only enhances the challenge for those expected and favored to win.


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