1:00 PM ET, December 17, 2006
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Ellis Hobbs needed just 12 seconds on his kickoff return to leave behind his pursuers and memories of the Patriots' worst loss of the season.
Turnovers turned out to be the backbreaker for the Texans. With David Carr (right) connecting on 57 percent of his passes, it was the four interceptions that prevented the game from being close. Houston's only drive that lasted more than six plays resulted in its only touchdown, after gaining 70 yards in 10 plays.
While the Texans gained six first downs on their TD drive, they managed to post just seven more for the rest of the game. Showing a good mix of zone blitzes along with tight man coverage, the Patriots managed to confuse Carr just enough.
The last time the Patriots led by at least 27 points at halftime was on Dec. 27, 2003 when they were ahead 28-0 in a 31-0 win over Buffalo. ... On Houston's scoring drive, Carr went 4-for-4 and Dayne ran six times for 34 yards. ... Asante Samuel's NFL-leading eighth interception led to Gostkowski's 21-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. ... Each team rushed for 105 yards.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.7||3.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||6:54||Kevin Faulk 11 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) |
Drive: 7 plays, 42 yds, 3:05
|FG||8:22||Stephen Gostkowski 36 Yd |
Drive: 4 plays, 6 yds, 1:15
|TD||11:29||Kevin Faulk 43 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) |
Drive: 2 plays, 44 yds, :43
|FG||5:13||Stephen Gostkowski 32 Yd |
Drive: 7 plays, 17 yds, 3:05
|TD||13:49||Jabar Gaffney 6 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) |
Drive: 7 plays, 67 yds, 3:39
|TD||5:11||Ron Dayne 1 Yd Run (Kris Brown Kick) |
Drive: 10 plays, 70 yds, 5:11
|TD||5:23||Ellis Hobbs 93 Yd Kickoff Return (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||7||34|
|FG||0:42||Stephen Gostkowski 31 Yd |
Drive: 7 plays, 15 yds, 3:38
|FG||3:00||Stephen Gostkowski 21 Yd |
Drive: 4 plays, 2 yds, 1:32