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Patriots vs. Texans final score: New England cruises to 42-14 win over Houston

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.

Jim Rogash

In a showdown of the AFC elite, the New England Patriots took care of business in a major way, defeating the visiting Houston Texans by a score of 35-7.

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.

Final - 12.10.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Houston Texans 0 0 7 7 14
New England Patriots 14 7 7 14 42

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