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Recap - Patriots Defeat Houston 41-28

New England got 3 passing strikes from Tom Brady en route to a 41-28 victory over Houston on Sunday in Divisional Playoff action at Gillette Stadium.

Bettors who backed the Patriots were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as a favorite of 9.5 at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go OVER the closing total of 50.5.

Stevan Ridley rushed for 82 yards, while Shane Vereen added 41 yards in the win. Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez added 131 and 85 receiving yards respectively.

Arian Foster rushed for 90 yards for Houston, while Matt Schaub added 1 yards. Matt Schaub threw for 343 yards for the Texans, while receivers Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels had 95 and 81 yards respectively.

Houston lost the offensive yardage battle to New England 457-425 yards in Sunday's game. Houston had more first downs as that total ended up 25-24.

The time of possession battle favored Houston as their offense was on the field for 31:24, longer than the 28:36 of their opponents.