New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans

NE
23
HOU
27
FINAL
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NE 0133723
HOU 7310727

Game Information
Location: NRG Stadium Houston, Texas
Attendance: 71,504

HOUSTON (AP) Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass in his first game since winning the Super Bowl on the same field and the New England Patriots fell to the Houston Texans 27-23 in a preseason game on Saturday night.

Brady, who sat out last week, was 6 of 9 for 67 yards while directing the offense for two possessions.

The Patriots punted on their first drive before Brady connected with Rex Burkhead on a 22-yard touchdown throw that tied it at 7 early in the second quarter. His performance came in his return to Houston after leading the Patriots back from a 25-point third-quarter deficit to a 34-28 overtime win against the Atlanta Falcons to earn his fourth Super Bowl MVP trophy here in February.

"The last time we were, it was a fun night," Brady said. "It was fun to come back tonight. I wish we would have won, but we had a good week of practice, and I think we're getting better."

It was a far different environment than the previous time the Patriots were at NRG Stadium, but there was a reminder of their big win as remnants of red and blue confetti from the Super Bowl postgame celebration remained in the phone banks near their bench.

Rob Gronkowski also made his season debut for the Patriots, playing about 15 snaps but not catching a pass, in his first preseason appearance since 2012. Julian Edelman and Brandin Cooks also played after sitting out last week, and Cooks had a 7-yard reception.

Houston quarterback Tom Savage was effective in two drives, going 8 of 9 for 98 yards with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jaelen Strong that put the Texans up 7-0 in the first quarter.

"I'm really, really comfortable with this offense," Savage said. "We have a lot of talent out there and a lot of the guys are making some big plays for me and it's been awesome."

Texans rookie first-round pick Deshaun Watson, who had 179 yards passing last week, threw for 102 yards and ran for a 2-yard touchdown in about two quarters of work.

Jimmy Garoppolo was 15 of 23 for 145 yards with a touchdown and an interception after taking over for Brady.

ROOKIE WATCH

Houston third-round pick D'Onta Foreman, who won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best college running back last season, had another solid game after rushing for 76 yards last week. He had two receptions for 66 yards and ran for 10 yards and a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. His best moment came when he grabbed a short pass from Watson and broke several tackles en route to a 63-yard gain that set up Watson's touchdown in the third quarter.

"I'm proud of myself, just being able to show that I can catch the ball," Foreman said. "People said I couldn't catch the ball well, so being able to display that and just show my coaches and teammates that I can catch the ball, whatever they want me to do I can be effective."

WATT'S UP

Houston defensive end J.J. Watt played just one series, but it was long enough to provide one of the highlights of the night. Watt, who is returning from back surgery which cost him 13 games last season, leveled Burkhead for a 2-yard loss on New England's opening possession for his first tackle of the season.

"It's a great feeling ... (but) it's just a glimpse," he said. "There's a lot of stuff I've been working on for a very long time. There's a lot of plays that have built up in the archives that I want to get out there and make."

SITTING OUT

Houston outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and receiver DeAndre Hopkins did not play after both participated in the first preseason game. It appears to be a precautionary move since the team hasn't acknowledged injuries to either player. Patriots running back Mike Gillislee sat out for the second straight week with a hamstring injury. New England linebacker Elandon Roberts injured his ribs in the second half and didn't return.

THEY SAID IT

New England coach Bill Belichick on if he thought about the team's Super Bowl win in his return to Houston on Saturday night: "That's all in the past ... I'm trying to get this team ready to go. This year's team is this year's team. It's my responsibility to make a strong commitment to this team. I'm not trying to live in the past, I'm not trying to live in the future, I'm just trying to do a good job with the team we have."

UP NEXT

New England: Visit the Detroit Lions on Friday.

Houston: Visit the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Texans
01:13 Jaelen Strong 2 yd pass from Tom Savage (Nick Novak kick) 0 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Texans
12:40 Rex Burkhead 22 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 7 7
09:48 Stephen Gostkowski 38 yd FG 10 7
05:07 Ka'imi Fairbairn 31 yd FG 10 10
01:55 Stephen Gostkowski 51 yd FG 13 10

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Texans
05:58 Stephen Gostkowski 42 yd FG 16 10
04:12 Deshaun Watson 2 yd run (Nick Novak kick) 16 17
02:58 Ka'imi Fairbairn 35 yd FG 16 20

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Texans
13:16 D.J. Foster 25 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 23 20
11:00 D'Onta Foreman 4 yd run (Nick Novak kick) 23 27

Team Stats
  New England Houston
1st Downs 24 13
Total Yards 339 281
Passing 227 199
Passing Completions/Attempts 26-42 16-27
Yards/Pass 4.9 7.1
Rushing 112 82
Rushing Attempts 30 29
Yards/Rush 3.7 2.8
Turnovers 3 0
Fumbles Lost 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Possession 30:21 29:39

New England Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jimmy Garoppolo 15 23 145 6.3 1 1
Tom Brady 6 9 67 7.4 1 0
Jacoby Brissett 5 10 36 3.6 0 0

Houston Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Deshaun Watson 3 10 102 10.2 0 0
Tom Savage 8 9 98 10.9 1 0
Brandon Weeden 5 8 6 0.8 0 0

New England Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Dion Lewis 7 34 4.9 0 14
Brandon Bolden 8 33 4.1 0 13
D.J. Foster 6 23 3.8 0 17
Rex Burkhead 7 20 2.9 0 8
Jacoby Brissett 2 2 1.0 0 1

Houston Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Alfred Blue 5 20 4.0 0 5
Lamar Miller 7 18 2.6 0 4
D'Onta Foreman 7 17 2.4 1 8
Tyler Ervin 3 11 3.7 0 5
Deshaun Watson 4 10 2.5 1 8
Dare Ogunbowale 2 7 3.5 0 6
Brandon Weeden 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

New England Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
D.J. Foster 4 52 13.0 1 25
Rex Burkhead 3 50 16.7 1 22
James O'Shaughnessy 5 41 8.2 0 15
Austin Carr 3 31 10.3 0 19
Devin Lucien 2 15 7.5 0 9
Malcolm Mitchell 2 13 6.5 0 8
Tony Washington 1 9 9.0 0 9
Dion Lewis 1 9 9.0 0 9
Sam Cotton 1 7 7.0 0 7
Brandin Cooks 1 7 7.0 0 7
Danny Amendola 1 6 6.0 0 6
Jacob Hollister 1 4 4.0 0 4
James White 1 4 4.0 0 4

Houston Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Bruce Ellington 4 93 23.2 0 37
D'Onta Foreman 2 66 33.0 0 63
Stephen Anderson 1 15 15.0 0 15
Jaelen Strong 2 11 5.5 1 9
Riley McCarron 3 6 2.0 0 5
Ryan Griffin 1 6 6.0 0 6
Tyler Ervin 1 6 6.0 0 6
Dres Anderson 1 6 6.0 0 6
Dare Ogunbowale 1 -3 -3.0 0 -3

New England Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Malcolm Butler 3 0 0 0
David Harris 3 1 0 0
Harvey Langi 3 1 0 0
Lawrence Guy 2 0 1 7
Alan Branch 2 1 0 0
Malcom Brown 2 2 0 0
Cyrus Jones 2 0 0 0
Devin McCourty 2 1 0 0
Jordan Richards 2 1 0 0
Josh Augusta 1 0 0 0
Trevor Bates 1 2 0 0
Adam Butler 1 1 0 0
Patrick Chung 1 1 0 0
Justin Coleman 1 0 0 0
Jonathan Freeny 1 2 0 0
Darius Kilgo 1 0 0 0
Kenny Moore 1 0 0 0
Elandon Roberts 1 0 0 0
Eric Rowe 1 0 0 0
Damarius Travis 1 1 0 0
Vincent Valentine 1 2 0 0
Kyle Van Noy 1 0 0 0
Joe Cardona 0 0 0 0
Cole Croston 0 0 0 0
James Ferentz 0 0 0 0
Stephon Gilmore 0 0 0 0
Jacob Hollister 0 0 0 0
David Jones 0 2 0 0

Houston Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Dylan Cole 5 5 0 0
Zach Cunningham 4 3 0 0
Daniel Ross 4 0 0 0
Shakeel Rashad 3 0 1 11
Ufomba Kamalu 3 1 1 0
Tony Washington 2 1 1 3
Brian Cushing 2 1 0 0
Treston Decoud 2 1 0 0
K.J. Dillon 2 0 0 0
Eddie Pleasant 2 2 0 0
Marcus Roberson 2 0 0 0
Rickey Hatley 1 0 1 7
Kurtis Drummond 1 5 0 0
Brandon Dunn 1 0 0 0
Matthew Godin 1 1 0 0
Andre Hal 1 0 0 0
Kevin Johnson 1 0 0 0
Bryce Jones 1 1 0 0
Johnathan Joseph 1 0 0 0
Eric Lee 1 1 0 0
Benardrick McKinney 1 0 0 0
Brian Peters 1 0 0 0
D.J. Reader 1 0 0 0
Brennan Scarlett 1 0 0 0
Malik Smith 1 1 0 0
Dee Virgin 1 0 0 0
J.J. Watt 1 0 0 0
Alfred Blue 0 0 0 0
Marcus Gilchrist 0 1 0 0
Corey Moore 0 1 0 0
Denzel Rice 0 0 0 0
Chris Thompson 0 0 0 0

New England Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Houston Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Denzel Rice 1 39 0

New England Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Dion Lewis 1 29 29.0 0 29
Cyrus Jones 1 17 17.0 0 17

Houston Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Riley McCarron 1 17 17.0 0 17

New England Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Cyrus Jones 4 58 14.5 0 32
Justin Coleman 1 0 0.0 0 0

Houston Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tyler Ervin 1 19 19.0 0 19
Bruce Ellington 1 0 0.0 0 0

New England Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Stephen Gostkowski 3 3 100.0 51

Houston Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Ka'imi Fairbairn 2 2 100.0 35

New England Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Ryan Allen 5 216 56

Houston Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Shane Lechler 6 275 58