TEXANS (10-7) AT PATRIOTS (14-2)
>> 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.