The comeback was impressive, even if the context made it less so.
The Patriots came back for another late win, stopping Case Keenum on a fourth-and-13 chance and a few desperate heaves late to escape with a 34-31 win.
The Texans led 17-7 at halftime, but quarterback Tom Brady heated up in the second half, spreading the ball efficiently among his odd lot of receivers.
The win moves the Patriots to 9-3, while the Texans fell to 2-10 with their 10th straight loss.
Keenum was actually not bad at times (passing for 272 yards on just 15 completions), and the Texans were able to run against a porous Patriots defensive front.
But in the end, one team was playing for something, and that team had Brady, which was enough of a difference.
Brady was 29-of-41 for 371 yards and two touchdowns, overcoming an early pick. Coupled with a workmanlike running game (which didn’t fumble, with Stevan Ridley inactive), and it was enough to punch the clock and move on to bigger tasks.