Patriots stories on ESPNBoston

In addition to the blog entries in this space, two additional Patriots stories have been posted on ESPNBoston.com:

1. Patriots outclass Texans as Brady stands tall. Columnist Jackie MacMullan writes that this was no fluke -- the Patriots are in a higher class than the Texans. It helps when the quarterback is Tom Brady and his No. 1 receiver is the remarkable Wes Welker.

2. Life without Gronkowski, Part II. Mike Reiss writes on how the Patriots' victory came at a cost, as the Patriots will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski for the rest of the playoffs. It's a blow, but one the Patriots have proven they can overcome. There is a lot that we learned about the team's approach from the regular season.