The New England Patriots exerted their dominance over the AFC in a 42-14 thrashing of the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.
It started less than six minutes into the game when quarterback Tom Brady connected with tight end Aaron Hernandez for a six-yard score. On their very next drive, Brady found receiver Brandon Lloyd streaking right through the middle of the field for a touchdown to extend the Patriots' lead to 14-0. Before the half was over, Brady would find Hernandez for another touchdown, making the score 21-0 at the break.
The third quarter saw both teams struggle to gain any traction on offense and both teams managing just one touchdown a piece. First, it was newly-signed receiver Donte' Stallworth who could haul in a 63-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 28-0.
Not long after, Houston would get on the board for the first time of the night when running back Arian Foster took it home for a two-yard score.
Brandon Lloyd and Stevan Ridley would each add a touchdown of their own before a Houston garbage time score came from back-up quarterback TJ Yates.
The 42-14 home-field victory for New England is a huge step towards gaining the all-important first round bye week.
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