Week 14: Texans vs. Patriots

The AFC East champion New England Patriots scored touchdowns on each of the first three possessions and made a strong statement to the rest of the teams in the AFC Playoff race as they blew out the AFC South-leading Houston Texans 42-14 at Gillette Stadium on Monday night.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts as he runs onto the field before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates his 37-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (85) during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10: Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs the ball as he is hit by strong safety Steve Gregory #28 of the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10: Quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans hands the ball off to running back Arian Foster #23 in the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10: Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans is chased by Rob Ninkovich #50 of the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10: Steve Gregory #28 of the New England Patriots breaks up a pass intended for Lestar Jean #18 of the Houston Texans in the first half at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10: Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs the ball in the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws the ball in the first half against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10: Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #85 and quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots react after Lloyd catches a 37-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10: Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans watches the game from the sideline afar being pulled in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10: T.J. Yates #13 of the Houston Texans throws a pass against the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10: The haircut of Stevan Ridley #22 of the New England Patriots is shown following their 42-14 win over the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) celebrates his interception with middle linebacker Brandon Spikes (55) as Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) sits on the turf during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) crosses the goal line after a reception for a touchdown in front of Houston Texans inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton (51) and free safety Danieal Manning (38) during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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