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.
Tom Brady has 210 passing yards for the Pats, and Wes Welker has caught six for 120 yards. Shane Vereen has 40 yards rushing and 45 receiving to go with his 12 points.
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.