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Stephen Gostkowski: A+
You could tell during the game—as well as in the postgame press conference—that Bill Belichick has the utmost confidence in Gostkowski.
Yeah, well, we have confidence in Steve, we have confidence in that whole unit. We tried one in the first half from 50, whatever it was, 57, 58. That was probably a bad decision on my part, we would have been better off punting that ball. Just on the distance, it was a tough kick. But he hit it good, he gave it a shot, but we have confidence when we send him out there and he’s come through, really all year for us.
Danny Aiken: A
Aiken was perfect today after a couple of tough outings. Belichick continued his praise for the long snapper, holder and entire unit.
They’ve been consistent all year and our field goal team has been consistent protection-wise. They’ve done a good job. Haven’t had a lot of close calls on the rushes. But their timing and execution was on, and it needed to be because those were, like you said, those were hard kicks.
Ryan Allen: B+
Allen had a bad touchback on a punt where the Texans had no returner but redeemed himself with a perfect punt downed within the 5-yard line, effectively ending the Texans' final chance to score with seven seconds remaining.
Matthew Slater: B+
Michael Buchanan: B+
Nate Ebner: B
Despite one long return by Keshawn Martin, the Patriots coverage units were up to the task against the Texans. Michael Buchanan was disciplined and had a nice open-field tackle on Martin in the second half.
All statistics courtesy of NFL.com and the Patriots Media Relations Department.