Everybody’s pick to win the Super Bowl had trouble only for a half against the Houston Texans Saturday night.
The New England Patriots, ahead by only four points at halftime, outscored the Texans 17-3 going down the stretch to pull away. New England now plays the winner of the Kansas City-Pittsburgh game next week in the AFC Title game.
Quarterback Tom Brady threw two interceptions — equaling his season total — but also had 287 yards and two scores. Receiver Julian Edelman caught eight passes for 137 yards, and Chris Hogan caught four for 95 yards. Deion Lewis scored three times for New England. The Pats advanced to their sixth straight AFC title game.
“We’re going to have to play better, coach better than we did tonight,” Pats coach Bill Belichick said, “or there won’t be much left in our season.”
Quarterback Brock Osweiler threw three interceptions and was sacked three times.