Patriots’ postseason hopes take a hit in 27-20 loss to Texans

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It was a rare day for Dolphins fans as they were rooting for the Patriots. The Dolphins own the Texans’ first-round draft choice in 2021.

But the consolation for Dolphins fans is they got to see the Patriots’ postseason hopes take a hit.

Houston beat New England 27-20 to improve to 3-7. The Patriots fell to 4-6 and now face an uphill battle to reach the playoffs, which they have made every year since last missing the postseason in 2008 with an 11-5 record.

Deshaun Watson outplayed Cam Newton, completing 28 of 37 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Watson now has thrown for 1,432 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in the past five games. The Texans are only 2-3 in those five games.

Watson also led the Texans in rushing, going for 36 yards and a touchdown on six carries.

He got help from the Texans Defense on Sunday.

The Patriots had to settle for field goals after reaching the Houston 26 and 18 on separate drives. On their next-to-last possession, the Patriots got as close as the Houston 24.

Newton had his third-down pass battled down by J.J. Watt, one of four passes defensed by Watt on the day, and he had no chance on a fourth-down blitz by the Texans that forced a throw into the ground as he was about to be sacked.

The Patriots got the ball back with nine seconds and 71 yards to go. Newton completed a 9-yard pass to Ryan Izzo and then a 50-yard Hail Mary to the 12-yard line as time expired.

Newton went 26-of-40 for 365 yards and a touchdown.

Damiere Byrd caught six passes for 132 yards and a touchdown, a 42-yarder in the third quarter.

43 responses to “Patriots’ postseason hopes take a hit in 27-20 loss to Texans

  1. No playoffs, and no high draft pick.

    Perfect. The long stretch of mediocrity begins (and long overdue).

  2. That lose is on coaching.

    3 man D front the entire first half giving Watson all the time to pass.

    Bad play calls on 3rd and short, running sweeps when you have a 240 pound QB.

  3. billsrthefuture says:
    November 22, 2020 at 4:15 pm
    No playoffs, and no high draft pick.

    Perfect. The long stretch of mediocrity begins (and long overdue).

    Over 70 million in cap space next season.

    Only THREE seasons since 1994 (when Kraft bought the team) with a losing record.
    I wouldn’t hold my breath on a “long stretch of mediocrity “

  4. Is this all part of Belichick’s master plan? Are the Patriots mathematically eliminated?

  5. That’s the problem with these ‘mobile’ QBs. They can have a magical season like Newton of Jackson, but the reality is [paraphrasing from Moneyball]…

    There’s Mahomes and Wilson, then there’s 50 feet of crap, and then there’s the rest of them.

  6. This should be Bill’s last year as head coach. Why not. What does he have to prove? He can’t stay there going through rebuild after rebuild that is for sure.

  7. billsrthefuture says:
    November 22, 2020 at 4:15 pm
    No playoffs, and no high draft pick.

    Perfect. The long stretch of mediocrity begins (and long overdue).
    You’re probably right about no playoffs, but I think NE will probably get a top 10 pick in the ’21 draft. Also, NE as of right now has 11 picks in said draft, and over 70 million in cap space.
    I don’t think you’ll see a “long stretch” of mediocrity as long as Belichick is in NE.

  8. Good defensive win by Houston. They aren’t a bad team really, they just need a franchise QB and they will be set.

  9. Did NE practice defense this week? Say what you will about Newton but this one is on whomever drew up that D game plan.

  10. All I hear is that Belichick is the greatest coach of all time. While he is the best coach in the league, he had Brady all those years to cover up moments of subpar defense. Look at how bad his defense was during those 2011 and 2017 super bowl runs.

  11. I’m getting a little frustrated, I was promised a rude awakening and I still haven’t received it.

  12. curtis20 says:
    November 22, 2020 at 4:53 pm
    The run is over homers. BB is toast Cam sucks and everyone is happy.

    So you’re one of the Patriot CRYBABIES that didn’t watch the game .
    Cam played fine that lose wasn’t on him.

  13. A team like the Ravens saw its postseason hopes take a hit, the Patriots were dead in the water a month ago

  14. Patriots fans should look at the bright side. They have ton of great memories from one of the greatest winning runs in the history of the NFL. And their going to need those memories because Belichick’s “genius” walked out the door and signed with Tampa Bay last March.

    And this is a 43 year-old Tom Brady (not even at his peak anymore) that has taken a 7-9 team from last year and made them a 7-3 team so far this year.

    When was the last time BB couldn’t get the Patriots to the playoffs? When Brady missed the season in 2008 and Matt Cassel took over.

    Enjoy the memories. There aren’t going to be any good new ones any time soon.

  15. Bill thinks he’s the genius, anyone can quarterback. Back to his losing ways pre-Brady. No playoffs and mediocre first round pick. Of course, the way he drafts, you could give him 3 first round picks and not get a starter

  16. If Belicheck didnt have a big ego this team would be rebuilding and have a decent shot at Lawrence but instead he wanted to show that he didnt need Brady

  17. johnnylarue says
    Enjoy the memories. There aren’t going to be any good new ones any time soon.

    Thanks……I have 6 youtube vids to watch. You????

  18. As a Pats fan, I wish they had gone with Stidham and tanked the season for a good QB in the draft. Mediocrity is worse than stinking when there is no light at the end of the tunnel. We had a good run though and the last 20 years has been awesome. Boston teams sucked for my entire childhood and now we have won more than our share. I can’t complain.

  19. Did Josh McDaniels really call a fullback toss on 3rd and 1 when you have Cam Newton taking the snap? 🤪🤪🤪

  20. Cam wasn’t the problem this game. No pressure on Watson, no run game outside of the first half, and Burkhead hurt. This loss hurt even more than the 49ers. Nice win Texans.

  21. Jealous haters of a two decade dynasty out in force. Your team will never do what the Patriots did.

    Whatever you think about Cam Newton, the kid is giving everything he has to this team.

    A bunch of Patriots opted out, quit on this team, because of Covid. Cowards. Cam played, got Covid and then came back to lead.

    Let that marinate.

    And I bring none of those quitters back.

  22. I know it seems hopeless right now for New England,but they can still run the table and make they playoffs. 10-6 can get you in now that they’re taking one extra team this year.

  23. The real problem is the Pats are behind a lot of other teams in the AFC. While they have some tie breakers, the likelihood of all ten of those teams currently ahead of them losing enough from here on out to let them finish the year with one of the top 7 records in the AFC is extremely low. They are more likely to be caught by the Texans or the Chargers and slip to 11 or 12 in the conference than they are to qualify for the playoffs.

    Is it a coincidence the Pats have their first losing season since Brady took over as the starter in 2002 the year that Brady leaves? Is it a coincidence that they likely won’t make the playoffs for the first time since Brady missed the entire season in 2008? Maybe. But it’s also possible that they had the greatest QB of all time for 20 years and that may have been the main reason they were so consistently successful. A good coach can only get you so far, it would seem.

  24. Patriots can beat the Ravens, but then lose to a pathetic Texans team. In the spirit of the season, they should be thankful the Jets have last place all sewn up.

  25. Anyone saying the Pats still have a shot at the playoffs needs to really ask themselves if anything over the course of the season truly inspires them to think they’ll run the table after barely escaping the Jets only to lose to Houston. I didn’t think NE would fall so far so quick myself, honestly. It’s actually kind of sad.

  26. They gave Watson the time and the room to do what he wanted all game long. No one touched him. Is anyone surprised? What happened to Belichick taking away what a team does best? Oh well,this has been 20 years in the making…

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