Both kickers in this upcoming contest have had solid seasons, hitting on over 80 percent of their attempts.
Houston's Shayne Graham has been more consistent on field goals under 50 yards, hitting 26-of-28 from 49 yards and in, while the Pats' Stephen Gostowski has made 27-of-33 from 49 yards and in.
Gostowski hit both of his 50-plus-yard attempts in 2012, while Graham converted only four-of-nine long-range attempts.
Houston's Donnie Jones and and New England's Zoltan Mesko won't likely determine the outcome of this upcoming playoff game, but one can ever be too certain.
Jones punted 28 more times this season than Mesko. His net average is about two yards more than Mesko's, and his leg is significantly stronger.
Pro Football Focus (subscription required) has Jones as their top-ranked punter in 2012, while Mesko ranks No. 22.
Houston hasn't scored a touchdown all year long in its return game.
Keshawn Martin can be dangerous on punt returns, averaging 12.1 yards per return, but he's not particularly explosive on kickoffs.
The Patriots have scored two touchdowns on returns this season—one kickoff and one punt.
Julian Edelman was a phenomenal punt returner before he was put on the IR, and Wes Welker has taken over in his stead.
The real threat for New England is Devin McCourty, who averaged over 24 yards per return on kickoffs and who took one back for 104 yards and a touchdown earlier this year.