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AFC division playoff: Houston Texans at New England Patriots, 4:30 Sunday

Andre Johnson recorded a career-high 1,598 receiving yards.

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Andre Johnson recorded a career-high 1,598 receiving yards.

AFC: Texans (13-4) at Patriots (12-4)

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady padded his stats against the Texans in Foxborough on Dec. 10, throwing for four touchdowns in a 42-14 rout.

Time: 4:30 p.m. today TV/radio: Ch. 10; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

Coaches: Texans — Gary Kubiak (59-53, 2-1 playoffs); Patriots — Bill Belichick (151-57, 16-6 in playoffs at New England; 187-101, 17-7 overall)

Stat pack

Breaking it down

Texans game-breaker: Andre Johnson quietly posted a career-high 1,598 yards receiving this season (on 112 catches) despite being 31 and in his 10th season. Still, he has never won anything meaningful in the NFL and hopes to change that.

Patriots game-breaker: Brandon Lloyd was a go-to player in the first meeting. He caught seven passes for 89 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown.

Why the Texans will win: Arian Foster is ready to roll, rushing for 140 yards and a touchdown against a good Bengals defense last week. The Texans are 8-0 this season when he runs for 100 or more yards.

Why the Patriots will win: There's just not enough evidence the Houston secondary can hold up against Brady. In its two biggest tests this season, against the Packers and Patriots, the unit gave up a combined 634 passing yards and 10 touchdown passes.

Look out for: Texans DE J.J. Watt, who had one of his quieter games in the loss to the Patriots. Watt, who registered 20½ sacks in the regular season, had none and four tackles.

Prediction

Patriots 34, Texans 24

Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer

Rushing yards

passing yards

total yards

Rushing yards allowed

passing yards allowed

total yards allowed

texans

Patriots

132.7 (8th) 136.5 (7th)

239.4 (11th) 291.4 (4th)

372.1 (7th) 427.9 (1st)

323.3 (7th) 373.3 (25th)

225.8 (16th) 271.4 (29th)

97.5 (7th) 101.9 (9th)

AFC division playoff: Houston Texans at New England Patriots, 4:30 Sunday 01/12/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 12, 2013 6:28pm]
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