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    This game is huge for both us and Houston. It was already big, but with Cincy, Denver, and Indy all losing today, the playoff implications for both teams are massive. I'd prefer it to be in Foxboro, since bad things always happen to us in Houston, but it is where it is.

    It's in the high 50s. Weather will not be an issue.

    Notable inactives for us are Jules, Dont'a Hightower, Josh Klein, Seaver Silaga and Tavon Wilson.

    Notables for the Texans are Rahim Moore and Brandon Weeden.

    Jeff Tripplette is the ref. Al and CC have the call.

    I'll be trying a new format for my game report this week.

    Go Pats!
    "False Start everyone but the center." Gene Steretore. Pats vs Jets. 12/24/16.

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    I've decided to try and do these more like a play by play. With a few more details, and my own thoughts on plays and details. I'll post after each quarter, so my thoughts will be close to real time. Feel free to PM me with 'I like this' or 'I hate this' thoughts.

    Houston Possession 1. They start at the 20 after a touchback.
    1st and 10: Polk runs for 4 up the middle.
    2nd and 6: Mayo drops Polk for a loss of 2.
    3rd and 8: Hoyer sacked by Easley.

    Great first possession!

    Pats Possession 1. We start at 34. Martin returned it to the Texans 46, but it came back thanks to an illegal block in the back on Eric Martin.
    1st and 10: Blount runs for 2 up the middle.
    2nd and 8: Blount gang tackled in the backfield and loses 2.
    3rd and 10: Brady goes deep to LaFell. Joseph defended the pass with a great play to knock the ball away.

    The Texans defense holds serve.

    Houston Possession 2. They start at the 24.
    1st and 10: Hoyer finds Polk for 5 on playaction.
    2nd and 5: Polk for 2 up the middle.
    3rd and 3: They run the wildcat with Shorts in the shotgun. Nink blows it up.

    That third down playcall mystified me.

    Pats Possession 2. We start at the 48. Martin with another good return.
    1st and 10: Brady fakes to Blount, rolls out, and throws across the field to Gronk. 45 yard gain!
    1st and goal: Blount gets a yard.
    2nd and goal: Brady to LaFell, 6, TD. It comes back on illegal formation. Fleming was elegible and he was covered by Martin. I saw it pre snap. Absolutely correct call.
    2nd and goal: Brady to Danny for 9.
    3rd and goal: Brady to Martin, 2, TD. Hands to the face on Pleasant. Declined. Roughing the QB on Watt. That will be enforced on the kickoff. I don't know why. I would think it would also be declined. We make the XP.

    7-0 Pats. 7:22 left.

    Houston Possession 3. They start at the 20 after a touchback.
    1st and 10: Hoyer escapes a sack, finds Polk, and gains 9. Great effort by Hoyer!
    2nd and 1: Polk gets 5 up the middle.
    1st and 10: Polk for 6 up the middle.
    2nd and 4: Polk for 1 up the middle.
    3rd and 3: Hoyer controls a low snap. He finds Polk (I think) for 5. However, Brown was called for a personal foul for hitting Easley when he was already down. I didn't see a good enough replay to have an opinion on the call.
    3rd and 18: Hoyer goes deep. Washington beats Butler for a 49 yard gain.
    1st and 10: Screen to Shorts loses a yard.
    2nd and 11: Hoyer to Strong for 6.
    3rd and 5: Hoyer to Shorts. Johnson knocks the ball down.
    4th and 5: Novak makes a 38 yard FG.

    7-3 Pats. 2:38 left.

    This drive was all Hoyer. He made two great plays, and then was perfect on the deep pass to Washington.

    Pats Possession 3. We start at the 18.
    1st and 10: Blount for 5 up the middle.
    2nd and 5: Blount escapes a tackle in the backfield. He almost gets tackled for a short gain, but he rolls over Cushing, never touching the ground, and ends up gaining 17.
    1st and 10: Blount for 8 up the middle.
    2nd and 2: Quick screen to LaFell for 4 will end the first quarter. We'll start the second with a 1st and 10 at the Texans 48.

    I think both teams are playing well at this point. There have been 4 accepted penalties and as far as I can tell, all of them were valid.
    "False Start everyone but the center." Gene Steretore. Pats vs Jets. 12/24/16.

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    We actually started at the Texans 47.

    1st and 10: Brady goes deep to Danny. The throw was high and Danny could not make the catch.
    2nd and 10: Blount up the middle for 7.
    3rd and 3: Brady fakes to White and finds Martin for 8.
    1st and 10: Blount up the middle for 2.
    2nd and 8: Brady to LaFell. Jojo drops it.
    3rd and 8: Bolden gets 5 on a draw.
    4th and 3: Steven comes in for a 43 yard FG. He makes it.

    10-3 Pats. 12:13 left.

    Houston Possession 4. They start at the 20 after a touchback.
    1st and 10: Grimes with a great run. He got 37 yards, on an offtackle, with some amazing blocks.
    1st and 10: Grimes for 4 out of the wildcat. He got the snap.
    2nd and 6: Hoyer to Shorts for 10. They are going up tempo.
    1st and 10: Grimes for 1, again from the wildcat.
    2nd and 9: Hunt for 1 up the middle.
    3rd and 8: Hoyer to Washington in the endzone. Butler defended the pas.
    4th and 8: Novak comes in for a 45 yard FG. He makes it.

    10-6 Pats. 9:26 left.

    Grimes was huge for them on that drive. It was a well called drive. They've run 3 wildcat plays for a net of 3 yards.

    Pats Possession 4. We start at the 19.
    1st and 10: Brady to Gronk for 6.
    2nd and 4: Blount for 6 on a draw.
    1st and 10: Blount for 6 up the middle. Blount hurt on the play.
    2nd and 4: Fake to Bolden, pass to Martin, high and incomplete.
    3rd and 4: Bolden for 10 on an end around!
    1st and 10: Bolden for 4 off tackle.
    2nd and 6: Bolden for 3 up the middle. It comes back on holding on Jackson. He was holding Vince.
    2nd and 16: Brady to Danny for 7.
    3rd and 9: Brady to White for 5.

    Blount is heading to the locker room.

    Houston Possession 5. They start at the 3 after Martin downs the punt.
    1st and 10: False Start
    1st and 11: Hoyer to Hopkins for 5.
    2nd and 6: Polk up the middle for 3. Pats take timeout #1.
    3rd and 3: Hoyer to Griffin, incomplete.

    Blount is questionable to return with a hip injury. Freeney is questionable to return with a hand injury.

    Pats Possession 5. Start at the Texans 41. Martin is having a solid game.
    1st and 10: Bolden for 1 up the middle. That play takes us to the two minute warning.
    2nd and 9: Brady to LaFell off playaction for 5.
    3rd and 4: Brady to Martin for 12. A facemask (against Johnson) was missed on the play.
    1st and 10: Brady to Danny for 10.
    1st and 10: Bolden for no gain. We take timeout #2 with 28 seconds left.
    2nd and 10: Brady overthrows LaFell.
    3rd and 10: Brady to Jojo for 11. 19 seconds left. Texans take timeout #1.
    1st and goal at the 1: Brady to Gronk! 1 yard TD!!!

    17-6 Pats!! 14 seconds left in the half.

    Houston Possession 6. They start at the 20 after a touchback.
    1st and 10: They kneel and take us to the half.

    One flag in the quarter and it was correct. The officiating has been spot on. 5 flags, all correct. We're playing a run heavy game plan, and to this point, we're looking very solid.
    "False Start everyone but the center." Gene Steretore. Pats vs Jets. 12/24/16.

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    Pats Possession 6. We start at the 21.
    1st and 10: Screen to White for 27.
    1st and 10: Bolden for 4 up the middle. He carried a few Texans with him.
    2nd and 6: Brady to LaFell for 10.
    1st and 10: Brady to Danny off of play action for 14. The Texans challenge and it is correctly overturned.
    2nd and 10: Brady to White for 2. White ran backwards trying to gain yards and lost 2.
    3rd and 8: JJ Watt offsides.
    3rd and 3: Brady finds White along the sidelines after a playfake. Great catch! 20 yard gain. The Texans challenge. It's very close. I think that it's a fine decision no matter which way it is ruled. I hope that it is confirmed, but if it's overturned, I can't complain. That's how close it is. After review, the ruling on the field is reversed. The Texans will get a third challenge.
    4th and 3: Steven comes in for a 49 yard FG try. He makes it.

    20-6 Pats. 11:48 left.

    Houston Possession 7. They start at the 20 after a touchback.
    1st and 10: Polk for 9 up the middle.
    2nd and 1: Hoyer goes deep to Washington. Again, Butler with the pass defense. However, Logan Ryan was called for holding. 5 yards and a first down.
    1st and 10: Hoyer to Hopkins, incomplete.
    2nd and 10: Hoyer to Griffin, drop. I think it was a catch and fumble that we recovered. So, they dodge a bullet.
    3rd and 10: Hoyer to Griffin, pass defended by Collins.

    Nice drive for the defense. However, Martin fumbles the punt. Texans recover. 34 on the Texans was hurt on the play.

    Houston Possession 8. They start at the Patriots 21.
    1st and 10: Hoyer to Hopkins, 6, fumble. The refs blow it dead *after* the fumble. First bad play by the refs.
    2nd and 4: Grimes loses 1 on a wildcat sweep.
    3rd and 5: Hoyer to Washington in the endzone. Again, Butler knocks the ball away!
    4th and 5: They go for it! Griffin with a drop! Pats ball!!!!

    I would have taken the field goal there. In the 4th quarter, I'd go for it, but not yet.

    Pats Possession 7. We start at the 16.
    1st and 10: Bolden gang tackled for a loss of 1.
    2nd and 11: Brady to Danny for 8.
    3rd and 3: Brady to White. Off his hands.

    Not a great drive. On top of that, Devon McCourty is questionable to return with an ankle injury.

    Houston Possession 9. They start at the 39.
    1st and 10: Polk up the middle for 6.
    2nd and 4: Polk up the middle for 1.
    3rd and 3: Hoyer to Griffin for 20. Chung hurt on the play.
    1st and 10: Grimes for 2. Chung is back!
    2nd and 8: Hoyer has the ball slip out of his hand while his hand is coming forward. It's ruled a fumble that we recover. It should be overturned on automatic review. I think it should be called an incomplete pass. On review, the ruling on the field is reversed.
    3rd and 8: Hoyer is stripped by Sheard! The Texans get it back, but on thier side of the 50. They'll have to punt. However, Easley is hurt on the play.

    Pats Possession 8. We start at the 11.
    1st and 10: Bolden is tackled by Watt for a loss of 1 yard.
    2nd and 11: Brady to Danny for 8. Danny had some nifty running.
    3rd and 3: Brady sacked by Clowney. That's what they neeed.

    Houston Possession 10. They start at the 39.
    1st and 10: Polk dropped for a loss of 1 yard. Sheard with the play.
    2nd and 11: Hoyer to Grimes for 5.
    3rd and 6: Hoyer sacked by Nink and Hicks!!!!

    That's what we needed!!!!

    Pats Possession 9. We start at the 35.
    1st and 10: Bolden with an impressive 12 yard run.
    1st and 10: Brady to LaFell on a quick screen. He gets 5 and the quarter ends.

    We'll start the 4th with a 2nd and 5 at the Texans 48.

    This was a long quarter and we are getting beat up. But, we shut them out and expanded the lead. C'mon, offense, give us a TD here and put it away.
    "False Start everyone but the center." Gene Steretore. Pats vs Jets. 12/24/16.

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    Wildcat update: They now have 4 wildcat plays for a net of 2 yards.

    So, we have a second and 7 from the 50. That was a significant respot of the ball.

    2nd and 7: Bolden for no gain.
    3rd and 7: Brady sacked by Merciless. We punt.

    Houston Possesion 11. They start at the 18 with 13:37 left.
    1st and 10: Hoyer sacked by Sheard! Fumble. Recovered by Brown inside the 10!

    Sheard is having a monster game!

    Pats Possession 10. We start at the Texans 7 with 13:25 left.
    1st and goal: Brady to Danny for 4.
    2nd and goal: Bolden up the middle for 1.
    3rd and goal: White with a draw from the shotgun! 2 yard TD!

    Pats 27-6. 12:04 left.

    Houston Possession 12. They start at the 16 with 11:57 left.
    1st and 10: Grimes on a sweep for 3.
    2nd and 7: Hoyer to Hopkins. Logan Ryan knocks the pass away.
    3rd and 7: Hoyer deep to Hopkins. He wins this time and gets 41.
    1st and 10: Hoyer to Griffin. Drop.
    2nd and 10: Grimes on a draw for 7.
    3rd and 3: Shorts for 0 on a wildcat run.
    4th and 3: Hoyer sacked by Hicks! Hoyer is hurt.

    Wildcat update: 5 plays for a net 2 yards. Please keep running the wildcat down 21 in the 4th.

    Hoyer is heading to the locker room for the concussion protocol.

    PatsPossession 11. We start at the 39 with 9:15 left.
    1st and 10: Bolden breaks a tackle in the backfield and gains a yard.
    2nd and 9: Brady to Danny for 24. Comes back on holding on Tre Jackson. Let's just run. Burn the clock, don't risk Brady being hurt.
    2nd and 19: False Start, Cannon.
    2nd and 24: Brady to Gronk down the seam for 36! Geez.
    1st and 10: Brady scrambles for 15 and slides down in bounds.
    1st and 10: Bolden loses a yard. Houston calls TO #1.
    2nd and 11: Brady sacked by Clowney. Clowney is playing well, and we need to stop throwing! Houtson calls TO #2.
    3rd and 21: Brady on a screen to White for 5. We call timeout #1 with 1 second on the playclock.

    Houston Possesion 13. They start at the 10 with 4:46 left. TJ Yates is in at quarterback.
    1st and 10: Yates to Hopkins, pass defended by Ryan.
    2nd and 10: Yates sacked by Hicks.
    3rd and 13: Yates to Grimes for 4.

    Pats Possession 12. We start at the 31 with 3:16 left. Run the ball!
    1st and 10: Bolden up the middle for 1 yard. Houston calls it's last timeout.
    2nd and 9: Bolden up the middle for 1 yard.
    3rd and 8: Bolden on a sweep for 11. That gets us to the two minute warning. We should be able to kneel the game away.
    1st and 10: Kneel down.
    2nd and 11: Kneel down.
    3rd and 12: Kneel down and game!


    The Texans shut down Chandler and Jamie. But Hicks and Sheard stepped up and made a lot of plays. Pitching a second half shutout while losing Easley, Freeney, and Devon is very impressive.

    For them, we controlled JJ, but Clowney had a very solid game.

    While we didn't play perfect, and while the injuries are building up, we're also getting people back.

    This was a great day! Cincy lost, Denver lost, Indy lost, we won! 11-2 with three to go!

    Go Pats!!!
    "False Start everyone but the center." Gene Steretore. Pats vs Jets. 12/24/16.

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