Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills (12) scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium.

Texans Beat Patriots For 1st Time Since 2010

Houston maintains one-game lead in AFC South standings

Brandon Scott
December 01, 2019 - 10:37 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio) -- For the first time since 2010, the Houston Texans beat the New England Patriots. 

The 28-22 win Sunday night allows the Texans to maintain their one-game lead in the AFC South standings. 

The Texans only trailed once, when New England kicked a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter. 

Houston responded with an interception on the Patriots’ next drive. 

Bradley Roby, who had not played since suffering a hamstring injury against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 13, intercepted Brady. His 22-yard return was negated by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but the short field allowed the Texans offense to score in just three plays, capped by a 14-yard pass to running back Duke Johnson. 

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The Texans’ next scoring drive came in the second quarter, when Watson found tight end Darren Fells for a 13-yard touchdown play. 

Houston led New England 14-3 at halftime.

The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter, though the Patriots missed an extra point attempt.

A 35-yard touchdown pass from Watson to Kenny Stills extended the Texans’ lead. Patriots running back James White then scored on a pass from Brady.

In the fourth quarter, the Texans ran a peculiar formation with Johnson, Watson and DeAndre Hopkins in the back field. 

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Watson took the snap, handed it off to a motioning Johnson, who handed the ball to a crossing Hopkins, who then shoveled it to Watson for a six-yard score.

Those were all the points the Texans needed.

The Patriots scored again on an 11-yard pass play to White, but the Texans defense was able to hold them to just 15 points. 

Houston (8-4) hosts the Denver Broncos (4-8) next Sunday.

New England (10-2) hosts the Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) next Sunday.