The boys continue breaking down the big Pats victory over the Texans that punched their ticket to an NFL record sixth straight AFC Championship game.

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The morning after ... Pete, Price and Jerry break it all down! The guys discuss the good and the bad that culminated in a Patriots 34-16 victory over the Texans. There were turnovers and some offensive line miscues, but there was also a great performance for Dion Lewis scoring 3 TD's, Brady completing some bombs down field and a solid performance by the Pats defense forcing 3 int's from Osweiler. The guys get to it all.

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FOXBORO — Martellus Bennett sounds like he’s OK.

On Saturday against the Texans, the big tight end went down in the second half with what appeared to be a left knee injury. After a few anxious moments on the ground, he popped up and jogged to the sideline. After the 34-16 win, he was asked if he was OK.

Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

FOXBORO — Martellus Bennett is OK.

On Saturday against the Texans, the big tight end went down in the second half with what appeared to be a left knee injury. After a few anxious moments on the ground, he popped up and jogged to the sideline. After the 34-16 win, he was asked if he was OK.

“I’m not a doctor,” he said when asked if he thought it might be a serious problem. “I watch a lot of ‘House.’ But I’m not a doctor.”

Bennett said that when it comes to being able to battle through bumps and bruises, he channels his inner Luke Cage, a Marvel superhero he’s referenced before know for his ability to overcome adversity.

“I just always think about Luke Cage,” Bennett said. “It’s funny when I get to the sideline, everyone’s like, ‘What would Luke Cage do?’ I’m like ‘[expletive], I’ve got to get back out there, because that’s what Luke Cage would do.’

“I don’t know … [expletive] happens,” he added. “You just try to find a way to fight through whatever it is. I’ve been fighting through [expletive] the whole year, and I’m not going to stop now. I’m getting too close to what my goal is in life. I’m just going to keep on trucking and keep trying to do what I can to contribute and play as hard as I can.”

Bennett, who finished with one catch for four yards, said there were moments he was pressing, trying too hard to make a play in his postseason debut with the Patriots.

“I think at some point I was pressing a little bit to try to make plays,” he said. “It felt like we needed some plays made, and being out there first time, you want to make it great.

“It’s like going on a first date with a girl you really love. If she steps in a puddle or you get in a car accident, it’s not that great,” he said. “I felt like I was struggling on that first date. I dropped a plate on my date, and all kinds of [expletive] was going on. But at the end of the day, it turned out to be a great date.”

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

The Patriots certainly didn't play their best football on Saturday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)FOXBORO -- Looking at the final score it would seem the Patriots pretty soundly beat the Texans on Saturday night, but it doesn't tell the whole story.



FOXBORO — Tom Brady was under pressure for most of the night from the Houston defense and was knocked to the ground on several occasions in the Patriots’ 34-16 win.

Like he typically does, Brady worked the refs to try and get a call for a late hit.

This didn’t go over well with former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis.

Tom Brady was not very popular on Twitter Saturday night. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady was not very popular on Twitter Saturday night. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Tom Brady was under pressure for most of the night from the Houston defense and was knocked to the ground on several occasions in the Patriots’ 34-16 win.

Like he typically does, Brady worked the refs to try and get a call for a late hit.

This didn’t go over well with former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis.

“It’s Called Football Brady,” Lewis tweeted after he pleaded with Pete Morelli for a late hit call.

Lewis wasn’t the only one attacking Brady on Twitter Saturday night. Seattle safety Earl Thomas was, too.

“Tom Brady has the easiest route… put his ass in our division and see what he does!!! #salty!!,” Thomas tweeted.

A fan also tweeted a GIF to Thomas from Super Bowl XLIX when Thomas blew a coverage against the Patriots.

“Did you watch the game this year I owned Tom Brady!! That BS you showing I was hurt trying to help my team,” Thomas replied.

It’s one thing to trash-talk on the field, but it’s another thing to trash-talk from a couch.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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FOXBORO — Sometimes you have to give yourself a kick in the backside to get going.

That’s apparently all it took for the Patriots trio of Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon to pick it up after what they felt was a less-than stellar first half Saturday.

Leading just 17-13 at the half, the three Rutgers products each had a second-half interception of Brock Osweiler and helped to shut down the Texans in New England’s 34-16 win Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

What was the key to the turnaround in the second half?

“Really, we were angry with ourselves,” McCourty said. “The first three points they got was a penalty on us that extended a drive on a third-down stop. Then, even in the red area, we held them to three on a sudden change, and then the touchdown, myself and Duron [Harmon], we could have got ourselves in a better defense.

“Going into halftime, we just looked at each other like, ‘We’ve just got to play better. Do what we’re supposed to do and make them earn it.’ We did that, we did a better job of that, but they came and they fought hard. I think they came and tried to play a complete game as a team and we had to battle through some ups and down. But that’s what the playoffs are about, finding a way to win.”

Osweiler was actually quite effective if not spectacular in the first half, completing eight of his first 10 passes before the Patriots pressure started getting to him. He finished the first half 13-of-20 for 83 yards. He was sacked twice but did throw a touchdown but he took care of the ball.

In the second half, the Rutgers trio flipped that script. McCourty had the first pick in the third quarter in front of the Texans sideline on a ball for DeAndre Hopkins.

“That was just a little bit of what we do coverage-wise,” McCourty explained. “I knew I had to get on him tight. He’s a go-to guy in that situation, third or second, I think it was third down. I just tried to stay tight on him and was able to make a play on the ball.”

In the fourth quarter, Ryan picked off an Osweiler pass over the middle and returned it to the Houston 6. Two plays later, Dion Lewis ran it in. And then, with the game in hand, Harmon stepped in front of a pass for tight end Ryan Griffin at the Patriots 3 with three minutes left.

“In the end we were able to take the ball away and play good in the red-area defensively,” Bill Belichick said. “That was helpful, and able to come away with more points. A big day for Rutgers, a big day for Rutgers. They all had interceptions. We love to see that, love to see them for anybody but especially when we get three of them. That was big.”

The Patriots defense may not have faced the stiffest test in the world Saturday but they started to feast on a quarterback that was wilting under their pressure in the second half and they were able to seal the deal late. That’s a good formula in the playoffs.

“Those guys have been getting after the quarterback,” McCourty said of the pressure from Ryan, Malcom Brown and Rob Ninkovich, all of whom recorded sacks. “A lot of people have said how bad we are rushing the passer, so I guess they’ll evaluate this and they’ll probably still say we’re bad at it, but we know what we can do up front, and I think it’s the back end talking to the front end, the front end talking to us, and we just keep everybody going. When they’re able to get after the quarterback and we feel that, we’re getting after it and trying to make good plays in the back end.

“Really, my interception was a ball that was behind, Logan’s was a high ball. That comes from the front. That’s the front causing pressure, making sure the quarterback’s not just back there and feeling comfortable, that’s them. That’s always – when you’re playing good in the secondary and getting interceptions, that’s usually because those front four, the front seven are doing a good job. Complementary football – that’s the way we’ve been winning and we’ve got to continue to do that.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — In some ways, it was the perfect scenario for Bill Belichick following his team’s 34-16 win over the overmatched Texans Saturday night at Gillette.