After Shane Vereen’s second touchdown of the day, it appeared that the rout is on.
Fueled by another long kickoff return from Danieal Manning, the Texans drove 47 yards in five plays to cut the gap from 17-3 to 17-13 at the half, thanks to a one-yard touchdown run from Arian Foster and a 55-yard field goal from Shayne Graham as time expired.
The 10 points, scored in the final 75 seconds of the half, were wrapped around a three-and-out by the Patriots.
Sure, the Texans would prefer to be leading. But it’s a far cry from the 21-0 hole into which the Texans fell after the first two quarters five weeks ago.
The Patriots will get the ball to start the third quarter. Barring a surprise onside kick from the Texans. Which may not be a bad idea.