Second-quarter notes: Patriots 17, Texans 13
|01.13.13 at 6:09 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Two quarters are in the books here at Gillette Stadium, and the Patriots have built a 17-13 lead. Here are a few notes on the last 15 minutes.
•At the beginning of the quarter, a 30-yard completion from Brady to Wes Welker got things started, and the Patriots were able to build on that with a 22-yard pickup on the ground by Shane Vereen. New England couldn’t punch it in — thanks in part to a questionable unsportsmanlike penalty call on wide receiver Brandon Lloyd — and had to settle for a 37-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski to make it 10-3 with 10:20 left in the second quarter.
•The Patriots added to that late in the second quarter. On the drive, Welker had 13-yard reception on third down to keep the chains moving, and also had a tremendous 47-yard reception down the New England sideline. The Patriots punched it in soon after that with an eight-yard pass play to Vereen, his second touchdown of the afternoon, to make it 17-3. It was a really nice offensive sequence for the Patriots, and Welker in particular, who finished the first half with more than 100 receiving yards.
•Roughly midway through the second quarter, Danny Woodhead — who was removed from the game early because of some sort of hand or finger injury — was seen back on the sideline. He didn’t return to the game. Meanwhile, Rob Gronkowski, who appeared to injure his arm in the first quarter, was not seen on the sidelines in the second quarter.
•The Texans got their first touchdown of the afternoon just before the end of the first half when Arian Foster plunged in from 1-yard out to make it 17-10 with 1:15 left in the quarter. It was a terrific drive for the running back, who accounted for all 47 yards on the drive for Houston, including big pickups of 21 and 19 yards. After the Patriots rather curiously conceded an offensive series before the end of the half, the Texans responded with a late drive and a 55-yard field goal from Shayne Graham as time expired to make it 17-13.