Pats push lead back to 11

AP

Yep, the Texans should have deployed an onside kick to start the third quarter.

Instead, they kicked away.  And Pro Bowler Matthew Slater returned it to the New England 31.  And the Patriots then drove 69 yards in seven plays, with Stevan Ridley capping the effort from eight yards out.

A forty-yard catch and run by tight end Aaron Hernandez put the ball on the 12.  Two runs by Ridley resulted in the score.

Making things worse for the Texans is that cornerback Kareem Jackson suffered an apparently foot injury while trying to tackle Ridley short of the end zone.