December 3, 2013

Five things to know after Patriots edge Texans

Notes on Gronk, Gostkowski, ‘spying,’ the Pats’ running game and other game highlights ...

By Kristie Rieken
The Associated Press

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gets ready to throw a pass during the first quarter of the game against the Houston Texans Sunday. New England overcame a 24-point first-half deficit last week to beat the Broncos 34-31 in overtime.


GOSTKOWSKI’S BIG DAY: New England’s Stephen Gostkowski hadn’t missed a field goal in 21 attempts entering Sunday’s game. He had a 55-yard attempt sail wide right in the second quarter to end the second longest streak in team history. But he bounced back to make two 53-yard field goals in the fourth quarter to give New England the win.

He also made four extra points against Houston to move into third place in NFL history with 350 consecutive extra points.

ANDRE’S MILESTONE: Andre Johnson had eight receptions for 121 yards on Sunday to become the 15th player in NFL history to reach 900 receptions. He did it in his 150th career game, making him the second fastest to reach the mark behind Marvin Harrison, who did it in 149 games.

“It’s humbling,” he said of reaching the mark. “It just shows that the work you put into the game is paying off.”

RUNNING BACK BY COMMITTEE: New England didn’t miss starting running back Stevan Ridley, who was not active after having fumble problems recently. They started Shane Vereen, but also used Develin, Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount. Blount had 44 yards rushing and a touchdown, Vereen had 38 yards rushing and Develin had 4 yards rushing with a touchdown. 

NOTES: New England was not called for a penalty. The Patriots did the same thing on Oct. 6 in a loss at Cincinnati ... Houston had four touchdowns rushing Sunday after entering the game with two this season.

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