Last week, the Patriots took the Texans to the woodshed, and it was pretty clear that by early in the fourth quarter, the Texans had just completely given up. OTOH, the Texans had every reason to keep fighting: after all, a win would have made it much easier for them to get the #1 seed. This week, the Pats fall behind 31-3, and actually manage to tie the game. OTOH, you could have argued that the Pats could have just played out the game, tried to at least make the score respectable, and try to just leave the game without suffering any (more) major injuries. So: why the two vastly different outcomes? ETA: Some posters have been answering a question I wasn't asking. I think fixing the thread title should ameliorate that.