Patriots Narrowly Avoid Trap In Comeback Win Against Texans

December 2, 2013 1:00 PM
Patriots Narrowly Avoid Trap In Comeback Win Against Texans
By Gregory Hunt

" Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Shiloh Keo #31 of the Houston Texans (Credit, Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

" Sunday afternoon at Reliant Stadium, the Houston Texans gave the New England Patriots all they could handle, but the Patriots overcame a 17-7 halftime deficit to pull out a 34-31 victory. The second half of the game featured five lead changes, but a field goal by Stephen Gostkowski with 3:32 remaining in the fourth quarter turned out to be the game-winner. Following last week’s 24-point comeback against the Denver Broncos, New England became the first NFL team since the 2011 Patriots to overcome deficits of 10+ points in consecutive weeks. New England is now 6-3 this season in games determined by a touchdown or less.

Offense Grade: B+

Quarterback Tom Brady continues to have occasional accuracy problems. His first-quarter interception was thrown far too low, although some pressure from the Texans defense may have contributed to that. Later, tight end Rob Gronkowski bailed out Brady by grabbing a throw that was too low and rolling into the end zone for New England’s first touchdown "

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