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Best Of Social Media: Week 3 Texans vs Patriots

Robert Alvarez
3 years ago at 8:08 pm ET
Posted Under: Patriots Photos

Best Of Social Media: Week 3 Texans vs PatriotsGreg M. Cooper - USA TODAY Sports

Heading into Sunday’s 2016 playoffs rematch with the Houston Texans, the New England Patriots were seeking to jump above .500 for the first time in 2017.

Coming into the game, head coach Bill Belichick boasted a 8-0 record at home against rookie quarterbacks in his coaching career as 22 year old Deshaun Watson got the start under center for the Texans.

In the first quarter, the Patriots offense clicked early as Brady got into rhythm with Brandin Cooks, it was a sign of things to come.

The first quarter saw the Patriots and Texans score a touchdown each, with tight end Rob Gronkowski opening the scoring and a Stephen Gostkowski field goal to take a 10-7 lead after one.

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In the second quarter, Brady found Chris Hogan aka “7-Eleven” in the corner of the end zone to regain the lead at 14-10 following a Texans field goal that tied the game early in the quarter.

He’s always open.

Midway through the second quarter, after another field goal to cut the deficit to 14-13, the Texans vaunted defensive duo of Jadeveon Clowney and JJ Watt attacked the Patriots offensive line, forcing a Brady fumble that was recovered and returned for a 22 yard touchdown by Clowney. Texans 20 Patriots 14.

Needing a response, Brady found Hogan again, this time on a 47 yard strike for the touchdown to regain the lead at 21-20 going into halftime.

At halftime, the Patriots held a special ceremony honoring this seasons team Hall of Fame inductee, former cornerback Raymond Clayborn

Getting the ball to start the second half, the Patriots wasted no time extending their lead with Cooks again finding the end zone, this time on a 42 yard pass from Brady. 28-20 Patriots.

The Texans refused to back down, as Deshaun Watson played like a seasoned veteran, a 10 play 70 yard drive culminated in a 12 yard pass to Ryan Griffin to get the score back within one at 28-27 to end the third quarter.

Gronk continued to have a very productive game following his injury scare a week ago, eight receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown on Sunday including this connection from Tom Brady late in the third.

In the fourth quarter, the Texans clawed back to take the lead and extend it to five following back to back field goals by rookie kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn. With under three minutes to go in the game, the Patriots needed to put together another game winning drive down 33-28.

Patriots team cameras caught sound bites of Brady’s leadership on the sideline.

The Patriots converted two third and long conversions, including this clutch grab by Danny Amendola on a third and 18.

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Down to 33 seconds remaining in the game, Brady found Cooks for a 25 yard go ahead score adding yet another come from behind victory to Brady’s incredible resume.

Patriots 36 Texans 33 following a successful two point attempt.

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Posted Under: Patriots Photos
Tags: Brandin Cooks Chris Hogan Danny Amendola LaAdrian Waddle Rob Gronkowski Shea McClellin Stephon Gillmore Tom Brady


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