Patriots' offense contained by the Texans in the second half, 27-20
New England- On a fourth and four late in the fourth, the Patriots could not convert the down on a game tying drive.
Coming off the win against the Ravens last week, you could tell that the Patriots' confidence was starting to show early on against the Houston Texans.
On New England's first possession, Cam Newton showed a lot of poise staying in the pocket and delivering strikes to his wide receivers. New England finished off the drive with a touchdown to go up 7-0 over the Texans. The lead was short lived, as the Texans stormed right back with a touchdown of their own at the end of the first quarter to tie up the game, 7-7.
After a few three and outs, the Patriots marched down the field in the early stages of the second quarter and tacked on a field goal to extend their lead 10-7.
The Patriots' defense had a couple of mistakes in the secondary and Deshaun Watson took advantage of it and scored on a five-yard keeper to put the Texans back on top, 14-10. New England's defense continued to have problems stopping Houston from getting big plays down the field. With 13 seconds left in the first half, Watson hit Keke Coutee for the six-yard touchdown pass and catch and went into halftime with a 21-10 lead.
Newton got the Patriots back into the game with a beautiful 42-yard touchdown throw to Damiere Bryd mid way in third. New England trailed the Texans 21-17 after the score. Going into the fourth quarter, the Texans hit another field goal to extend their lead 24-17.
After a couple of field goals by both team, the Patriots had an opportunity to tie the game up with under a minute left in regulation. On a fourth and four, Newton could not escape the Texans' pass rush and was sacked. Houston ran out the clock and won the game.
Newton finished the game with 315 yards and a touchdown.