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Second-quarter notes: Patriots 21, Texans 0

12.10.12 at 10:03 pm ET
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FOXBORO — We’re at halftime at Gillette Stadium, and the Patriots hold a 21-0 lead. Here are a few notes:

•The Patriots are in command, as New England hasn’t allowed Houston to do much of anything at all. The Patriots have three touchdowns, while the closest the Texans have come to the end zone came when Matt Schaub was picked off throwing for the end zone on a play that started on the New England 21-yard line. Tom Brady is 13-for-19 for 165 yards and three touchdowns, while Schaub is 12-for-23 for 159 yards, no touchdowns and one pick.

•J.J. Watt was able to make his presence felt on the Patriots’ first series of the second quarter when he busted through the line and delivered a ringing shot on Brady. The quarterback was able to get the ball out, but Aaron Hernandez was hit two yards behind the line of scrimmage. Later on the drive, the Patriots got some help as a questionable pass interference call kept New England’s drive alive, and the Patriots cashed in when Tom Brady hit Aaron Hernandez with a four-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-0 with 11:01 left in the second quarter.

•The Texans continued to struggle on offense, as they went three-and-out on their next series, with the defensive highlight for the Patriots coming when Vince Wilfork (who is dominating in the trenches) batted down a third-down pass from Schaub, leading to a Texans punt. Houston got the ball back after a New England three-and-out and had its best offensive sequence of the first two quarters. Schaub and the Texans maneuvered into New England territory with a nice, steady drive, but turned it over on downs when they couldn’t convert a 4th and five at the New England 33.

•A nice defensive stand by the Texans forced another New England punt late in the quarter, and the Houston offense got things started with a 23-yard completion to Arian Foster. But the Texans couldn’t convert on another fourth down chance, giving the ball to the Patriots as the quarter came to a close.

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