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Patriots happy to spoil Texans “biggest game in franchise history”

Logan Mankins AP

The Houston Texans looked at Monday night’s game against the New England Patriots as the biggest in franchise history.

The Patriots emphatically reminded the Texans they like the view from the top and don’t have any intention of passing that torch anytime soon.

According to the Boston Herald, the Patriots were incredibly pleased with their performance in a 42-14 beating of the Texans, not just for the win over a good Houston team, but for knocking the Texans down a notch in the process.

“This game was just another game for us,” linebacker Rob Ninkovich said. “It wasn’t the biggest game of the year for us, so I think we just prepared like we were playing another game, did everything that we should have against the Texans.”

The Texans were thoroughly outclassed by New England on Monday night. Quarterback Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns and the Texans usually potent rushing attack was held in check.

The Patriots have another big prime-time match up on tap next week as they play host to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. For the Patriots, it will be business as usual. They know they already get everyone’s best shot. They expect the same from the 49ers next week with one caveat:

“I know the team we play next week, it’s not the biggest game in their franchise’s history,” guard Logan Mankins said.

 

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  1. peytonsneck18 says: Dec 11, 2012 2:36 AM

    Why all the patriots big prime time games this year are at home? NFL conspiracy

  2. stampnhawk says: Dec 11, 2012 2:41 AM

    I’m guessing the era of the Texans’ Letterman jackets go the way of other recent clothing novelties like the neon green Seahawks unis, and Mike Nolan and Jack Del Rio’s sideline suits.

    Hopefully Tom and Bill save some for the Niners….and McDaniels doesn’t get too freaked out about the crush Jon Gruden clearly has on the guy after tonight.

  3. sixjak says: Dec 11, 2012 2:43 AM

    Logan Mankins speaks truth.

  4. hawks1124 says: Dec 11, 2012 2:52 AM

    Wow, I get the Patriots think they are the class of the NFL, but really if Brady never happened the Pats would still be a mediocre organization. Think the last really meaningful game the Pats played they lost in the SB, and even now they get the Bills, Jets, and Phins twice a year in the second weakest division outside of the AFC West.
    Pats should learn that painting a giant target on your back doesn’t help win SB.

  5. rhymeswithpunt says: Dec 11, 2012 2:57 AM

    Everyone watching SNF next week will be asleep by halftime. Getting bored with all the scoring and electric defense by NE.

  6. dino2997 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:18 AM

    Wow…I realize that the Patriots destroyed the Texans but humility would have been better served considering they may see them again this season.

  7. sportsguybayarea says: Dec 11, 2012 3:30 AM

    Considering that the patriots are 20-0 in December in I don’t know how long, it will def be a tough game for the niners. That being said, this WILL be the “game of the season” two great franchises with multiple titles under their belt. They’re are not familiar with each other which is a good reason to anticipate a great game. Texans have a great defense and all buy vs elite qbs they fail. Lost vs Rodgers, manning and Brady. They went a combined 12 tds to zero interceptions vs the texans this year. Niners play well vs elite qbs and play lights out when the bright lights are on (prime time). This is arguably the best defense in the NFL. Throw away stats and this is the most physical/dominant defense. Strength vs strength. Patriots vs 49ers…it just sounds epic. #SuperBowlPreview?

  8. skoobyfl says: Dec 11, 2012 3:50 AM

    AFC teams are weaker than NFC right now, so these exercises will equal futility come Feb 2013.

  9. omniscient48 says: Dec 11, 2012 4:50 AM

    This game was actually a more embarrassing game for the Texans than the Seattle beatdown of the Cardinals.

  10. montsta says: Dec 11, 2012 5:06 AM

    I constantly hear people refer to the Patriots as a classy organization, and yet I always see and hear players taking subtle shots at everyone else about how awesome they are.

  11. bamboozle99 says: Dec 11, 2012 5:07 AM

    Go ahead and motivate them, next time they play Houston might have home field advantage.

  12. joetoronto says: Dec 11, 2012 5:14 AM

    This was a measuring stick game for the Texans and they failed, big time.

    Full marks to the Pats.

  13. surferbum01 says: Dec 11, 2012 5:43 AM

    “I know the team we play next week, it’s not the biggest game in their franchise’s history,” guard Logan Mankins said.

    The Pats and 49ers share more in common than I think many would like to admit. Both have very polarizing yet very good coaches surrounded by an executive and administrative group who trust their coaches to coach and who provide them with every possible resource to ensure the best means in winning.

    It’ll be a great Sunday Night game and the #49ers love the primetime spotlight. Great game for sure!

    But Mankins is right……it’s not the biggest in franchise history….Imagine if Aldon Smith breaks the sack record on one of the game’s greatest QBs of all time in Brady! Man you can’t script that.

  14. hehateme2 says: Dec 11, 2012 6:18 AM

    One thing remains usual, the Pats remain arrogant to the end.

  15. 315judman says: Dec 11, 2012 6:22 AM

    First play of the game is an illegal formation penalty on HOU. I knew the deal from then on… My suspicions were later confirmed on the “pass interference” call. Even Gruden was indignant. Yo Texans, it is tough to play against two teams, ask any Jets, Bills, or Dolphins fan who has watched the Patriots soar.

  16. pftcensorssuck says: Dec 11, 2012 6:26 AM

    Once again, New England looks “scary good” heading into the post-season.

  17. jc1958cool says: Dec 11, 2012 6:41 AM

    must have taken a page out of green bays play book, except the packers did it in texas!!

  18. arrows80 says: Dec 11, 2012 6:54 AM

    Teams in the AFC aren’t afraid of the Texans, just like teams in the NFC don’t fear the Falcons.

  19. 1uniquename says: Dec 11, 2012 6:55 AM

    The patriots are a bunch of bad mofo’s and they made this Texans team look like amateurs but the problem for the pats is when they go to play their “biggest game” they keep coming up short. As a fins fan whos family is all from new England though I would trade teams any day =/

  20. gcsuk says: Dec 11, 2012 6:59 AM

    One could argue that Houston’s first playoff game in franchise history last year was a bigger game, but, hey, whatever helps you sleep at night, Rob and Logan.

  21. flash1283 says: Dec 11, 2012 7:01 AM

    Foster
    Johnson
    Watt

    All non factorsu

  22. canetic says: Dec 11, 2012 7:05 AM

    The Texans are frauds. You knew they were going to get embarrassed when they pulled that varsity jacket stunt.

  23. iamthefootballjerk says: Dec 11, 2012 7:15 AM

    How the heck did the Patriots lose three games this year? They looked scary, without Gronk, too. The AFC may be over if the Texans lose home field advantage.

  24. cooklynn17 says: Dec 11, 2012 7:17 AM

    It’s painfully obvious that Houston cannot hang with the big dogs of the NFL just yet….

    Sort of like the Atlanta Falcons.

  25. garyman1 says: Dec 11, 2012 7:25 AM

    Out-coached and out-played usually ends up badly.

  26. marvsleezy says: Dec 11, 2012 7:40 AM

    Um, sorry Pats, but Texans were in the playoffs last year, this game was not a big deal, no matter what anybody says

  27. Satan's Valet says: Dec 11, 2012 7:47 AM

    What happened to all the people who kept harping about how the Patriots haven’t beaten any “good” defenses? We all know the Patriots biggest weaknesses, it’s secondary and the pass rush. Well they looked pretty good today considering the number of rookies they had in the game….

  28. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 11, 2012 7:53 AM

    gcsuk says:
    Dec 11, 2012 6:59 AM
    One could argue that Houston’s first playoff game in franchise history last year was a bigger game, but, hey, whatever helps you sleep at night, Rob and Logan.
    ______________________________

    and Andre Johnson. You know the one person who first referred to this game as “biggest game in the history of this franchise.”

  29. jbniner says: Dec 11, 2012 7:54 AM

    This is a hell of a football team, clicking all offensive, defensive, and coaching cylinders.

    Niners better bring their best, they will need it.

  30. ironmike778 says: Dec 11, 2012 7:55 AM

    The Pats are a machine. What an awesome franchise.

  31. reed20fence says: Dec 11, 2012 7:58 AM

    That letterman jacket nonsense was amateur hour. Bottom line is that this game was supposed to be proof that Green Bay was, as JJ What(?) put it, ”a fluke.” So much for that idea. Looked more like they genuinely thought it was a fluke and never coached up on fixing it.

  32. mariorat says: Dec 11, 2012 8:06 AM

    Biggest game in SF history has tone the ’81 NFC Championship game as it set the tone for the next 20 years

  33. unionjack1776 says: Dec 11, 2012 8:16 AM

    It was an awesome game for Ernie Adams. He really dissected the Texans and got those plays called down to the field.

  34. wingz101 says: Dec 11, 2012 8:32 AM

    Houston, whatever. Thrashed by Green Bay and only managed to beat Detroit with the help of the Walt Coleman Referee gong show … and now this destruction.

    That defense is in serious trouble against a good passing offense. End of Story. AS for the great J.J. Watt, well I saw a lot of late shots on the QB but not much in the way of game impacting plays.
    Defensive MVP? Nah, don’t think so.

  35. Patriot42 says: Dec 11, 2012 8:33 AM

    Texans were great in their own minds.

  36. cometkazie says: Dec 11, 2012 8:35 AM

    I loved watching Vince Woolfolk last night.

    I wouldn’t want to have to line up against him.

    Mariorat: That was “The Catch”? What a game!

  37. richwizl says: Dec 11, 2012 8:44 AM

    Those who think the Refs were helping the Patriots with phantom calls should probably find another easier sport to watch because, clearly, football is too complicated for them. How about the helmet to helmet hit on Brady that was not called or the Offensive P.I. on Hernandez that was no where near the play and the two guys were hugging each other? The PI stopped another TD. How bout when the Texan stepped on the line coming out of his end zone, then backed up and took a knee? That should have been a safety. Texans were lucky The Pats didn’t score over 50, thanks to the Refs. Mainly, the Texans lost because they dropped too many balls. I am not laughing at the Texans and neither were the guys I watched the game with. Clearly, they are a very good team with many stars. Another day and a different game plan could make things different. We’ll probably meet again in Houston.

  38. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 11, 2012 8:55 AM

    I don’t know what this game meant to the players. But after a night at Gillette Stadium let me tell you, the Pats fans heard the Texans calling for a changing of the guard in the press and came into that game with a definite chip on their shoulder. The entire stadium was standing for 60 minutes of this game.

  39. nflgiant says: Dec 11, 2012 9:04 AM

    Give me a break.The teams that have the best shot at the ring,are the teams that have superbowl experience,so lets wipe Atlanta,Houston,Indy,Baltimore,San Fran,off the list.Denver clearly has a shot because Manning has a ring.So look for the teams that have the QB,with the ring,to repeat.Like,Pats,Giants,Packers,Steelers,Broncos.

  40. xli2006 says: Dec 11, 2012 9:34 AM

    There was an ongoing joke that whenever the Colts played the Texans for the last 6-7 years, how it was always dubbed “The Biggest Game In Franchise History” by Houston. I can name at least 5 times they claimed that. Another year and another “biggest game” title.

    While I expect the Texans to eventually take the AFC South crown (even as a Colts Fan), if the Texans slip up again this weekend it could set up a Division Title showdown in Week 17 in Indy.

  41. itsabergthing says: Dec 11, 2012 9:36 AM

    A lot of people in this comments section seem to think that the Patriots are the ones calling this game the biggest game in Texans history… It was not the Patriots, it was the Texans saying that before the game. And on another note, blaming the refs for this game is ridiculous, it was 42-14!!! That is not the refs, that’s the result of piss poor D, horrible O, and facing Tom Brady. I’m not a fan of either team and what I witnessed was a total ass whoopin’.

  42. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 11, 2012 9:43 AM

    Texans. Got. Owned. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. No excuses, no blaming refs or dirty plays, nothing. We got owned.

    I knew Brady would carve up the secondary, I thought the pass rush would be better, I thought the offense would make the trip to Boston. I went 1-2.

    Texans need to go home, lick their wounds, watch tape, and hope the next time we face Brady, its in Houston in late January.

  43. brazzz01 says: Dec 11, 2012 9:43 AM

    Clearly the Patriots are only good because of spygate.

    Oh wait….

  44. hamiltos777 says: Dec 11, 2012 9:45 AM

    richwizl says:
    Dec 11, 2012 8:44 AM
    How bout when the Texan stepped on the line coming out of his end zone, then backed up and took a knee?
    __________________________________

    Nope. The line is part of the endzone. Think about it when a team is going for a touchdown. The slightest tip of the ball crosses the front of the line and it is a touchdown. Likewise coming out of the endzone, the entire ball needs to come out of the endzone, which it didn’t. Refs got that one right.

    The Offensive PI on Hernandez was probably a makeup call on the PI on the drive before where the Pats went on to score.

  45. whitemike55 says: Dec 11, 2012 9:47 AM

    I know one thing, the Colts better watch out next Sunday. The Texans are going to be a pissed off team.

    When Andre Johnson says “That was a complete ass whippin” you know it will resinate throughout the locker room.

    Texans will win out and finish #1 seed at 14-2. Homefield Advantage….

  46. brazzz01 says: Dec 11, 2012 9:47 AM

    A 42-14 clown stomping and some fans are blaming the refs. Classic….

    Patriot haters are a comedy gold mine!

  47. supporthardhits says: Dec 11, 2012 9:48 AM

    An overhyped Texan team was out-coached, out-played and crushed by a superior team that didn’t play “soft” or “gutless”.

  48. glac1 says: Dec 11, 2012 9:53 AM

    they should save the teams travel expense by ending the season and hand the trophy to the Patriots today. Nobody will touch them.

  49. mjdkid100 says: Dec 11, 2012 9:56 AM

    First, it wasn’t a subtle shot, it was the truth. All week we heard how it was the biggest game in Texans franchise history.

    I bet all the people complaining about the Patriots arrogance were here after the Seattle game making fun of Brady and praising Sherman.

    You’re all jealous bitter haters.

  50. brazzz01 says: Dec 11, 2012 10:00 AM

    “I bet all the people complaining about the Patriots arrogance were here after the Seattle game making fun of Brady and praising Sherman. ”

    I think that’s a sure bet if I ever heard one.

    Of course they were. That’s why it’s so much fun to LOL at the silly Patriot haters.

  51. mrbigass says: Dec 11, 2012 10:08 AM

    Texans fan here but saw this coming a mile away. After watching the Pats the last few games and the Texans as well it wasn’t rocket science to see this coming.

    They do seem like a team that can bounce back so how they handle these last three games will be interesting……

  52. bigbluewreckinkrew says: Dec 11, 2012 10:24 AM

    A loss is a loss, if you win by 1 or 28, still just counts as a loss. Texans are 11-2, not too shabby. Also, I think this game would have been different had it been played in Houston. Foxboro is a tough place to play, no doubt, especially when the refs help out the home team! Now if the Texans can hang on to the #1 seed and possibly meet the Pats in the AFC champ, I guarantee the game will be much closer. I seem to remember back in 2010 that the Jets were embarrassed on a Monday night in Foxboro 45-3, but took care of the Pats in the AFC divisional round (in Foxboro no less)! This game may help the Texans to “re-focus” and possibly finish the season with 3 straight wins which would put them at 14-2.

  53. v2the4 says: Dec 11, 2012 10:26 AM

    I live in Houston….while Im a Texan fan, Im not a fanatic…Im a realist….they played well early, but the defensive injuries, especially at LB and secondary, have taken a toll on this team and it shows.

    the DB’s are garbage…they cannot play man to man, and thus they have been given up all kinds of passing yards the last four weeks, but that also brings into the question the defensive line…if you are not getting pressure on the qb and letting him stand back there all day, any qb in this league including the sorry ones will eat you up.

    the texans are a team that play best when they are in the lead…when the get behind, its hard for them to come back…they did so against Jacksonville and detroit, but facing new england and competeting with them is a totally different.

    finally, the fair weather fans down here in Htown have been running their mouths all season about the super bowl…ever since the Texans beat the Broncos (had a 31-10 lead and won 31-25) they think their destiny is New Orleans on Feb 3…hopefully, this gave them and the Houston media a dose of reality…this wasnt the most important game in franchise history and if it was, the franchise should fold….its one of 16……

    the playoffs start on sunday for the Texans…they better reach down and grab ahold and come out with fire against the Colts, who are right on their back for the division lead….Texans still control their own destiny for home field advantage in the playoffs.

  54. htown1035 says: Dec 11, 2012 10:37 AM

    reed20fence says: Dec 11, 2012 7:58 AM

    That letterman jacket nonsense was amateur hour. Bottom line is that this game was supposed to be proof that Green Bay was, as JJ What(?) put it, ”a fluke.” So much for that idea. Looked more like they genuinely thought it was a fluke and never coached up on fixing it.
    —————————————————–
    You’re out of your mind, seriously. Not a single Texans player or fan has ever said that the Packer game was a fluke. They beat us.

    And as for the letterman jackets, everyone – fans, media, players – all loved it before the game. Then after the game, all the trolls say it was “amateur”. Nice to be hypocritical.

  55. brazzz01 says: Dec 11, 2012 10:48 AM

    Hard to believe the Colts actually control their destiny for the AFC south.

    I doubt they’ll catch the Texans but as a Patriots fan I can’t believe I’d say this but what a great story that 2012 Colts team has become. I’m cheering for them…. of course with the obvious exception.

  56. westclaims says: Dec 11, 2012 10:52 AM

    I didn’t even watch the game. Tired of the whole Patriots thing. Then I hear about the questionable calls. Hence, I don’t even watch their games.

  57. flash1283 says: Dec 11, 2012 11:00 AM

    bigbluewreckinkrew says:
    Dec 11, 2012 10:24 AM
    A loss is a loss, if you win by 1 or 28, still just counts as a loss. Texans are 11-2, not too shabby. Also, I think this game would have been different had it been played in Houston. Foxboro is a tough place to play, no doubt, especially when the refs help out the home team! Now if the Texans can hang on to the #1 seed and possibly meet the Pats in the AFC champ, I guarantee the game will be much closer. I seem to remember back in 2010 that the Jets were embarrassed on a Monday night in Foxboro 45-3, but took care of the Pats in the AFC divisional round (in Foxboro no less)! This game may help the Texans to “re-focus” and possibly finish the season with 3 straight wins which would put them at 14-2.

    The difference is the Patriots defense is play a lot better now than it has been in the last 3 years.

  58. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 11, 2012 11:01 AM

    I am not blaming the refs by any means here.

    The first 3 TD drives were extended by Texan penalties on 3rd down. You give a QB like Tom Brady a second chance…. he’ll eat you up.

    If those three drives end in punts or FG tries, this is a different game. maybe same outcome, maybe not. But when the Texans were down 21-0 right out of the gun… took the wind out of the sails.

    But they didn’t, the Pats scored TD’s on all 3 and the Texans got theis azz whooped. I am a bit afraid that this team peaked in Sept/Oct. 3 of the last 4, the defense has gotten CRUSHED. JJ Watt cannot be the only guy rushing the passer. Barwin, Smith, and even Mercilus ( I know he had a sack last night, but he was unblocked)

  59. whoisgregtoler says: Dec 11, 2012 11:04 AM

    ESPN has the biggest hard on for the patriots it’s pathetic.
    When ever they lose it’s always ” they weren’t on their game today”
    But when they win it’s never the same excuse for the other team
    they just couldn’t stop the mighty patriots.

    Watching the post game show when Vince wilfork was on I thought Steve Young and Vince were gonna start making out.

  60. patsfiend says: Dec 11, 2012 11:09 AM

    I liked the letterman jackets. Pretty cool. If they won everybody would be running out to buy them.

    As for the comments… clearly some of you Pats haters aren’t aware that it was eventual Hall of Famer Andre Johnson who said before the game that it was the “biggest game in franchise history.”

    As for Mankins… anyone that follows that Pats knows that he’s a mudder. His comments are both a jab at Houston and a compliment to the Niners.

  61. pats1977 says: Dec 11, 2012 11:29 AM

    I love when haters keeping bringing the past when it comes to the Pats. They lost the last two SB and they lost to the jets in the playoffs after humiliating them in the regular season.

    The game plan the jets formulated and used against the Pats that year will no longer work against them because the Pats have a running game now. Same thing in 07. The Pats have been so successful because of Brady period. Now you add an improve defense with a very good running game, I think they are a legit contender to win it all.

    You people talk as though the Pats were never in those two SB games. The giants had to come from behind to win both SBs. Without a running game, it’s very obscure for any team to close out games, especially big games.

  62. ctwildheart says: Dec 11, 2012 12:04 PM

    I must be seeing different news reports than some of you. Because any time I hear Brady speak – he is NOT arrogant and is always respectful of the other teams and the players.
    The majority of those I have seen and heard also downplay their wins and give props to the team they played and their own teammates. So I don’t understand those that say they are egotistical and not humble.
    I think AP and PM have done phenomenally well this year. And I may not like it or agree with it – but I will give kudos and respect to whoever they name as the year’s MVP.

  63. reed20fence says: Dec 11, 2012 12:10 PM

    htown1035 says:
    Dec 11, 2012 10:37 AM
    reed20fence says: Dec 11, 2012 7:58 AM

    That letterman jacket nonsense was amateur hour. Bottom line is that this game was supposed to be proof that Green Bay was, as JJ What(?) put it, ”a fluke.” So much for that idea. Looked more like they genuinely thought it was a fluke and never coached up on fixing it.
    —————————————————–
    You’re out of your mind, seriously. Not a single Texans player or fan has ever said that the Packer game was a fluke. They beat us.

    And as for the letterman jackets, everyone – fans, media, players – all loved it before the game. Then after the game, all the trolls say it was “amateur”. Nice to be hypocritical.
    ——

    Umm, I’m not a fan, so no, it isn’t hypocritical.

    And JJ Watt was wired the week after GB for the home game against the Ravens and is clearly on the record saying the Green Bay performace was a fluke.

    Get your facts straight.

  64. raymondtx says: Dec 11, 2012 12:26 PM

    Actually, I blame this game on the Texans for buying into the belief that this was the “game of their lives”…really? We won a playoff game last year and almost beat the Ravens on the road with a rookie 4th rd pick. So, for Dre to come out and say that put a lot of pressure on the team win this game..when, it reality, they still can accomplish their mission on #1 seed still. As far as the Pats, hey good game. Dont think they will have same results in playoffs in houston next month. And, as far as all these Patriot lover boys…what have the pats won since they got busted for cheating? Just a question…

  65. 1oldpro says: Dec 11, 2012 12:49 PM

    Honestly, there is nothing that anyone can say this morning about the Texans team that their coaching staff and players don’t deserve. They were terrible from start to finish.
    Go home, break down what the Colts can and can’t do and find a game plan to beat them. That’s how you start rebuilding respect.

  66. rushmatic says: Dec 11, 2012 12:52 PM

    skoobyfl says:

    AFC teams are weaker than NFC right now, so these exercises will equal futility come Feb 2013.

    ________________

    I think that was true mid-way through the season, but I don’t see a team that can make the AFC’s efforts futile. Not a single one. The Niners have a great defense, but their offense and coaching (in some respects) is suspect. Maybe the Giants put it together in the next two weeks? The Seahawks? I’m seriously interested to learn who you’d say.

  67. lanman11 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:53 PM

    It should be noted that it was the Texans own talk, and breaking out of Letterman Jackets for this game that set the table for what appears to be minor post game jabs from a couple players.

    It should also be noted that when the Texans removed their starters and stopped trying to win the game, the Patriots did the same. The whole running up the score whining could be avoided if other teams also acknowledged that their own starters are at risk too, and removed them. Where guys get hurt a lot is when backups are playing against starters. You can lose depth that way. My guess is that the Patriots feel the best defense of players health is to play from strength, maintain possession of the ball, and dictate how the game is played out. Once Schaub and Company were taken out, Brady and others sat down too. I don’t hear anyone singing their praises for this, but I didn’t expect to.

    Logan Mankins grew up in Grass Valley CA and played at Fresno State so he, like Brady, is quite familiar with the success of the pre-salary cap era SF teams.

    Should be a much closer game this week. The Niners travel and play well back east and having watched that game on TV Monday night, I’m sure there will be extra effort in practice this week. Belichick should show the Patriots tape of the two other NFC West teams they lost to earlier this year to knock off any mild hubris the younger Pats may be feeling after a couple of prime time blowout wins, and remind them where they came from.

  68. masinick says: Dec 11, 2012 1:23 PM

    Look, most players will speak confidently; some do so whether they have the resume to back it up or not. The Patriots usually speak their confidence AFTER playing, not BEFORE. When they lose, (and they do from time to time), they hate losing, and let they acknowledge that the other team played a better game and they credit their opponent.

    Teams like the Giants and Patriots, who now have a long history, spanning decades, of winning championships, making playoff appearances, and Super Bowl victories (Patriots have three, but the Giants have two of the past five); to me, that gives them credibility when they say something.

    Also, the Giants and Patriots know better: they’d rather “experiment” with their lineups and schemes, getting losses, kinks in their rosters, plays, and schemes, out of the way prior to December; I think both of these teams, which have coaches in the Bill Parcells tradition in Bellichick and Coughlin, both know how to do it, perhaps better than any other coaches in the league. So if that is construed to be arrogance, so be it; at least it is backed up repeatedly with results: division championships nearly every year, and Super Bowl appearances every third or fourth year; who else has done that?

  69. azarkhan says: Dec 11, 2012 1:31 PM

    raymondtx: what have the pats won since they got busted for cheating?

    Well, if you’re going make a stupid comment like that, then I suppose it’s fair to ask: What have the Texans EVER won? Just a question…

  70. brazzz01 says: Dec 11, 2012 2:26 PM

    What have they won since spygate? A ton of football games. .750 win pct. 2 AFC championships. 5 division titles. And of course multiple NFL offensive records. Any other questions?

    Step up your game Pats haters. It’s getting way too easy to take you to school. You know, kinda like how Brady feels about your team.

  71. richwizl says: Dec 11, 2012 4:17 PM

    Pats to 49ers, BOHICA.

  72. teal379 says: Dec 11, 2012 6:04 PM

    Lots of Texans talk about how their D was banged up and to watch out if they get homefield advantage.

    Last I checked – Green Bay went onto that home field and hung 42 on you. Passing for 6 TDs.

    That was before the D was “banged up”.

    If Aaron can hang 6, Tom or Peyton can too. No one with a decent QB is scared of Houston. Talk up Wade all you want but he was dumb enough to play man against GB – basically daring them to throw and beat them with the QB. Seemed to not have learned his lesson and did the same against the Pats.

  73. blazertop says: Dec 11, 2012 8:08 PM

    Trust me, the locals here WERE calling the “the biggest game ever”. Every game around here gets that label. It’s pathetic, and a bit funny.

  74. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 12, 2012 9:26 PM

    I think these 2 teams will meet again in an AFC championship game in Houston.

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