Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • HOU 425
    • 457 NE
  • Turnovers

    • HOU 1
    • 0 NE
  • Possession

    HOU NE
    28:36 31:24
  • 1st Downs

    • HOU 25
    • 24 NE

Game Information

Gillette Stadium
Coverage: CBS
  • Foxboro, MA 02035
Capacity: 68756
1/14/2013 ESPN.com news services

Brady, Vereen help Patriots cruise by Texans

Tom Brady became the winningest quarterback in postseason play, throwing for three touchdowns Sunday to beat Houston 41-28 and lift the New England Patriots into the AFC Championship Game.

Scoring Summary

1234T
Texans31001528
Patriots710141041
first QuarterHOUNE
FG
14:00
Shayne Graham 27 Yard Field Goal is Good
4 plays, 3 yards, 1:03
30
TD
1:31
Shane Vereen 1 Yard Run
6 plays, 65 yards, 3:01
36
XP
1:28
Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good
6 plays, 65 yards, 3:01
37
second QuarterHOUNE
FG
10:20
Stephen Gostkowski 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
11 plays, 80 yards, 3:51
310
TD
3:43
Shane Vereen 8 Yard Pass From Tom Brady
7 plays, 80 yards, 2:56
316
XP
3:38
Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good
7 plays, 80 yards, 2:56
317
TD
1:20
Arian Foster 1 Yard Run
5 plays, 47 yards, 2:23
917
XP
1:15
Shayne Graham Kick is Good
5 plays, 47 yards, 2:23
1017
FG
0:02
Shayne Graham 55 Yard Field Goal is Good
5 plays, 26 yards, 0:24
1317
third QuarterHOUNE
TD
11:34
Stevan Ridley 8 Yard Run
7 plays, 69 yards, 3:30
1323
XP
11:30
Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good
7 plays, 69 yards, 3:30
1324
TD
1:25
Brandon Lloyd 5 Yard Pass From Tom Brady
6 plays, 63 yards, 2:53
1330
XP
1:21
Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good
6 plays, 63 yards, 2:53
1331
fourth QuarterHOUNE
TD
13:13
Shane Vereen 33 Yard Pass From Tom Brady
1 play, 33 yards, 0:00
2841
XP
13:07
Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good
1 play, 33 yards, 0:00
2841
TD
11:42
Devier Posey 25 Yard Pass From Matt Schaub
5 plays, 12 yards, 1:32
1938
XP
11:35
Shayne Graham Kick is Good
5 plays, 12 yards, 1:32
2038
TD
5:15
Arian Foster 1 Yard Pass From Matt Schaub
11 plays, 73 yards, 4:47
2638
2PTC
5:11
Matt Schaub Pass to Andre Johnson For Two-Point Conversion is Go
11 plays, 73 yards, 4:47
2838
FG
1:18
Stephen Gostkowski 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
9 plays, 27 yards, 3:57
2841

Research Notes

  • Houston burst out of the gate this season, winning 11 of its 1st 12 games. It was all downhill from there though - the Texans dropped 4 of their final 6 contests and their stingy defense turned porous, allowing nearly 10 more points per game.

  • For the seventh time in the Belichick-Brady era, the Patriots are in the AFC Championship game where they've been extraordinarily successful there, even before 2000. Among teams with five conference championship appearances, only the Giants have a better record with the Super Bowl on the line.

  • Tom Brady completed 12-of-19 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns against five or more pass rushers, while facing such pressure on 46 percent of his dropbacks. The Texans did not adjust their pressure against Brady after getting burned when sending frequent extra pressure against him in Week 14. Brady has now thrown 22 touchdowns in 170 attempts against five or more pass rushers this season (including playoffs), with no interceptions.--Brady connected on three passing plays for 30-plus yards against the Texans' pressure Sunday. The Texans had allowed a league-worst 18 passing plays of at least 30 yards when sending five or more pass rushers during the regular season.

  • Patriots' running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen combined for 219 yards from scrimmage (48 percent of the Patriots offense) and four touchdowns, while showcasing an inside running game the Patriots haven't had in recent postseason appearances. 113 of their 123 rushing yards came inside the tackles for more than 6 yards per rush, the highest totals by Patriots backs in any of their previous five postseason games.--The Patriots' running backs averaged just under 100 rushing yards per game inside the tackles during the regular season, and had seven games of at least 100 yards on such runs, tied for third most in the league.

  • The Patriots lined up running back Shane Vereen out wide Sunday, specifically taking advantage of linebacker Barrett Ruud on a 33-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline in the fourth quarter. Vereen collected 58 receiving yards on two receptions and a touchdown when split out wide, only the third touchdown this season and the most receiving yards in a game for a running back lined up wide over the last three seasons (including playoffs).

  • Even though Rob Gronkowski left the game with 8:10 left in the first quarter, Tom Brady was still very effective with two or more tight ends on the field. Brady threw for a season-high 244 yards and tied a season-high with three touchdowns with two or more tight ends after Gronkowski's injury. The Patriots used multiple tight end sets on 56-of-65 plays (86.2 percent), their second-highest percentage of the season.

  • Matt Schaub was 7-of-12 for 71 yards and an interception on third down Sunday, converting only three of the attempts for first downs. In the Week 14 matchup against the Patriots, Schaub converted only one of his seven third down pass attempts for a first down.

  • The Patriots used their up-tempo offense effectively, especially in the red zone, scoring four touchdowns in five possessions (not counting possession with kneel down). During the regular season, they scored a touchdown on 70 percent of their red zone possessions, the highest rate in the NFL.

  • Danieal Manning had 216 kickoff return yards, the 3rd-most in a postseason game.

  • Bill Belichick reaches his 7th conference championship game, tied for the 2nd-most all-time among head coaches.

  • Tom Brady has his 5th 300-yard game in the postseason, tied for the 3rd-most all-time.

  • From Elias: Shane Vereen: 3rd player in NFL postseason history to have 2 receiving TD and a rushing TD in the same game.The other 2 are Roger Craig (1984 49ers) and Ricky Watters (1994 49ers), who each did so in the Super Bowl.

  • Shane Vereen: 1st player with 2 TD catches and a TD run in a playoff game since Ricky Watters (1994 49ers Super Bowl XXIX)

  • Shane Vereen is the 2nd Patriots player with at least 1 rushing TD and 1 receiving TD in a playoff game. Deion Branch also did it in the 2004 AFC Championship game.

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