The New England Patriots defeated the Houston Texans on Sunday to move to 9-3 on the season. For the second week in a row, the Pats spotted their opponent a sizable first-half lead, only to come back in the second half to steal the win.
The Texans took the early lead on a touchdown run by Ben Tate on their second possession, which included two big passes to Andre Johnson. They would add a field goal after Jonathan Joseph intercepted Tom Brady on the next possession.
The Patriots would respond on their next drive, with Tom Brady finding Rob Gronkowski for a 23-yard touchdown, his fourth straight game with a touchdown.
Ben Tate would extend the Texans' lead just after the two-minute warning in the first half with a 20-yard touchdown run. They would take a 17-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Patriots would immediately respond to open the second half with a five-play, 78-yard drive that James Develin would finish off from one yard out. That brought the Pats within three points.
After a Houston three-and-out, the Patriots immediately put together another touchdown drive. This time Shane Vereen took it in for a touchdown that gave the Patriots a 21-17 lead.
The Texans would answer on their next drive, with Case Keenum leading an impressive drive that he finished himself with a five-yard touchdown run which gave the Texans back the lead.
The Patriots would continue their dominant second half, scoring their third touchdown in three second-half possessions on the very next drive. LeGarrette Blount would take it in after a big third-down catch by Julian Edelman.
The Texans would quickly respond, getting set up inside the red zone by a 66-yard pass from Keenum to DeAndre Hopkins. Tate would finish the drive with his third rushing touchdown of the day.
The Pats would tie it up with a 53-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski on the next drive and then take the lead on another 53-yarder after a three-and-out by the Texans.
The Patriots defense would come up with a key stop on fourth down just before the two-minute warning to effectively seal the win for New England.