With all the excitement surrounding the rookie quarterbacks who reached the postseason and the dual-threat dynamism of Colin Kaepernick, it's possible that Tom Brady might actually be a bit under the radar ahead of the New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans matchup at Foxboro. Even Peyton Manning, Brady's old-guard rival, had a new team and a comeback story this season.
What about Brady? Well, the three-time Super Bowl champion piloted the New England Patriots to a 12-4 record, and AFC East crown and a first-round bye in the playoffs. With a win against the Texans in the NFL Divisional Round, Brady can break a tie with Joe Montana with his 17th career postseason win. Even if he hasn't captured the headlines this season with the regularity of year's past, the Houston Texans haven't forgotten about him. In Week 14, Brady carved up the Texans' stout defense for 296 passing yards with four touchdowns in a Week 14 matchup between these two teams.
"We know that our effort and how we performed last time wouldn't give us a chance against anybody on the road," Houston head coach Gary Kubiak told ESPN ahead of this game. "It's about right now refocusing on all the things we have to do to go down there and have a chance to be successful, and I'm sure that's what they're thinking about."
Can Matt Schaub build off his first career playoff win and lead the Texans to an upset in Foxboro? Or will Brady and Belichick notch yet another postseason win and advance to the AFC Championship Game?
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01/13/2013 7:56 PM EST
01/13/2013 7:55 PM EST
It's a rematch as the Patriots advance to the AFC Championship to face the Ravens.
01/13/2013 7:55 PM EST
Working The Middle
Texans moving up the field as the time ticks away. They've got 17 seconds left and it's likely hail mary time.
01/13/2013 7:54 PM EST
The Texans offense retakes the field, Schaub throws incomplete to Casey on first down. Clock stops at 1:04.
01/13/2013 7:51 PM EST
Patriots add three more points, lead 41-28 with 1:14 to play.
01/13/2013 7:50 PM EST
Taking A Knee
Tom Brady kneels, clock runs. It's 4th and 12 upcoming. NE timeout and here comes FG try.
01/13/2013 7:49 PM EST
@ ESPNStatsInfo :
Rob Gronkowski done for season after breaking arm; he has 41 career TD in 48 games (combining regular season and postseason.
01/13/2013 7:48 PM EST
@ WEEI :
#Patriots stat line: Brady - 25/40, 344 yards, 3 TDs. Ridley - 15 carries, 82 yards, 1 TD. Welker - eight catches, 131 yards.
01/13/2013 7:47 PM EST
Pats hold the ball, the lead with two minutes to play and will hold the AFC Championship Game at Foxboro next weekend.
01/13/2013 7:46 PM EST
@ jeffpearlman :
Smells like Pats-49ers Super Bowl