8 Best Highlights from Texans vs. Patriots

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8 Best Highlights from Texans vs. Patriots
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The Houston Texans hit the road in the AFC divisional round to face the New England Patriots, and for a while, this contest was much closer than the first one between these two teams.

The first half ended with the game still hotly contested, as the Patriots took a 17-13 lead into the locker room.

New England ran away with the game in the second half, though, winning the game by a score of 41-28.

Here are the biggest highlights from this contest.

Danieal Manning Almost Takes the Opening Kickoff the Distance

Before either offense hit the field, Manning almost scored a touchdown for the Texans.

He took the opening kickoff 94 yards before being dragged down from behind, and Houston started its first drive from the New England 12-yard line. 

Unfortunately, Matt Schaub couldn't connect with his receivers in the end zone, and Houston settled for three points.

Shane Vereen Puts the Pats On the Scoreboard

Late in the first quarter, Vereen capped off a six-play, 65-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run. 

His touchdown put the Patriots up by a score of 7-3.

Shane Vereen Scores Again

After a Stephen Gostkowski field goal put New England up by a touchdown, the Patriots kept right on rolling in the second quarter. 

Brady led his team on a seven-play, 80-yard drive that took less than three minutes, culminating in this easy eight-yard touchdown pass to Vereen, who scored for the second time in the game.

Arian Foster Brings the Texans Back

Rather than let the Patriots run away with the game, Houston responded with a scoring drive of its own immediately following Vereen's touchdown.

Manning took the kickoff 35 yards and had 15 yards tacked on, due to a horse-collar penalty on Gostkowski. From there, Houston went 47 yards on five plays, and Foster finished it off with a hard-earned one-yard touchdown run.

Stevan Ridley Puts New England Firmly In Control 

Houston scored another field goal to end the first half, pulling to within four points of the lead.

Then, on the first drive of the second half, New England drove right down the field on a seven-play, 69-yard drive that Ridley capped off with a beautiful eight-yard touchdown run to put the Patriots back up by double digits.

The score at this point was 24-13 in favor of New England. 

Brandon Lloyd Caps Off Another Scoring Drive for New England

Immediately following Schaub's interception, New England methodically drove down the field to get into scoring range once again. 

Brady had the offense going in its hurry-up mode, and the Texans had no answer. 

Lloyd finished off the drive with a six-yard touchdown, and suddenly, New England was up by a score of 31-13.

Shane Vereen With the Hat Trick

After the Texans failed to convert a fourth-down play, Brady and company wasted no time to convert Houston's failure into points. 

On the first play of New England's drive, Brady hit Vereen on a gorgeous 33-yard touchdown pass on the left sideline over the top of linebacker Barrett Ruud

It was Vereen's third touchdown of the contest, and the score put New England up by a score of 38-13 with over 13 minutes remaining in the game.

DeVier Posey Hauls In Bobbling TD

The Texans weren't going to go down easy, and on their next drive, Schaub drove his offense down into scoring range.

Then, at the Patriots 25-yard line, Schaub targeted Posey in the right corner of the end zone. Posey seemed to bobble the pass, and the ref called it an incomplete pass. 

Gary Kubiak then challenged the ruling on the field, and upon further review, it was clear Posey secured the ball before sliding out of bounds. 

The score was 38-20 after the extra point, and the Texans scored again before the end of the game, but the Patriots poured on another score of their own, winning the game by a score of 41-28.

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