TEX­ANS (10-7) AT PA­TRI­OTS (14-2)

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>> OPEN­ING LINE — Pa­tri­ots by 131⁄2

>> RECORD VS. SPREAD — Tex­ans 7-9-1, Pa­tri­ots 13-3

>> SE­RIES RECORD — Pa­tri­ots lead 7-1

>> LAST MEET­ING — Pa­tri­ots beat Tex­ans 27-0 on Sept. 23, 2016

>> LAST WEEK — Tex­ans beat Raiders 27-14; Pa­tri­ots had bye, beat Mi­ami 35-14 in sea­son


>> STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Se­cond post­sea­son meet­ing be­tween teams af­ter Pa­tri­ots beat Tex­ans 41-28 in di­vi­sional round Jan. 13, 2013 . ... Pa­tri­ots are 4-0 against Tex­ans at Gil­lette Sta­dium. New Eng­land has won past five meet­ings be­tween teams . ... Tex­ans coach Bill O’Brien, Pa­tri­ots as­sis­tant from 2007 to 2011, is 0-2 against men­tor Bill Belichick . ... Hous­ton’s de­fense is al­low­ing 301.3 to­tal yards and 17 first downs per game, fewest in NFL in both cat­e­gories . ... DE Jade­veon Clowney had in­ter­cep­tion in his first ca­reer play­off game last week. In­clud­ing play­offs, he has four tack­les for loss, three sacks, in­ter­cep­tion and forced fum­ble in his past four games . ... LB Whit­ney Mer­cilus had two sacks and three tack­les for loss in last week’s win over Raiders . ... RB La­mar Miller rushed for touch­down last week. In reg­u­lar sea­son Miler ranked sixth in AFC with 1,073 rush yards, sev­enth-most rush yards in sin­gle sea­son in fran­chise his­tory . ... Belichick will coach his 14th di­vi­sional play­off game and tie Don Shula for most in NFL his­tory. He has 23 ca­reer post­sea­son wins, most for any coach . ... QB Tom Brady will play in his 13th di­vi­sional play­off game, ty­ing Jerry Rice for most in league his­tory. Brady has 22 ca­reer play­off wins, most for quar­ter­back in NFL his­tory. He is also NFL post­sea­son leader in ca­reer com­ple­tions (738), at­tempts (1,183), pass­ing yards (7,957) and touch­down passes

(56) . ... RB LeGar­rette Blount led NFL with fran­chise-record 18 rush­ing TDs dur­ing reg­u­lar sea­son . ... CB Mal­colm But­ler has INT, six pass de­fenses in his past three play­off games.

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