Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots

HOU
33
NE
36
FINAL
1234T
HOU 10107633
NE 7147836

Game Information
Location: Gillette Stadium Foxborough, Massachusetts
Attendance: 65,878

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Brandin Cooks started his day by being booed. He ended it with one of the biggest moments of his short New England Patriots tenure.

Cooks was one of a group of Patriots players jeered as they stood locked arm in arm next to a group of players that knelt during the national anthem Sunday. The display was in response to criticism President Donald Trump levied against Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players and teams over the weekend.

All was forgotten by the home crowd about three hours later when Cooks was on the receiving end of a 25-yard, toe-tapping touchdown pass from Tom Brady with 23 seconds left in the game as the Patriots rallied to beat the Houston Texans 36-33.

Brady finished with five TD throws. Cooks caught five passes for 131 yards and pair of scores . It was the fifth multi-touchdown game and eighth 100-yard game of his career.

Cooks, in his first season with the Patriots, made clear his pregame demonstration wasn't meant to disrespect the military. Cooks' father, Worth Cooks, served in the Marines and died of a heart attack when his son was 6.

"It's one of those things where you want to stand with your brothers, kneel with your brothers and be by their side," Cooks said.

Brady finished 25 of 35 for 378 yards as New England (2-1) won its fifth straight regular-season meeting with Houston (1-2) and seventh of eight overall.

"I think no matter how you get it, you've got to figure out how to win the game," Brady said.

Brady stood next to Cooks pregame.

"I speak for myself. I believe what I believe," Brady said. "We all go through ups and downs and there's struggles and it's life and we're all trying to navigate it as best we can."

Texans rookie Deshaun Watson was strong in his second career start. The Patriots were thin on the edge without linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee) for the second straight week, and Watson took advantage, completing 22 of 33 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns.

But he did have two interceptions, including one that set up a New England first-half touchdown.

"It was really painful. That's all I can really say about that," Watson said.

The Patriots extended their halftime lead to 28-20 in the third quarter before Houston used a 12-yard TD pass from Watson to Ryan Griffin, and a 31-yard Ka'imi Fairbairn field goal to edge back in front 30-28 early in the fourth quarter.

PIVOTAL PLAYS

The Texans forced New England to punt with just over seven minutes to play, but had to settle for a 36-yard Fairbairn field goal with 2:24 left. Houston failed on a third-and-1 at the Patriots 18.

That left Brady room. After an early holding penalty pushed New England back to its 15, Brady used a 15-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski and 27-yarder to Danny Amendola to the Houston 25. But the Texans had a chance to end the game prior to the Amendola reception when safety Corey Moore dropped an interception on Brady's second-and-18 pass attempt to Cooks.

Instead Cooks made good on his second chance for the go-ahead score. He also caught the ensuing 2-point conversion.

Houston wasn't intimidated by the Patriots in the first half.

With Houston trailing 7-3 after an early Brady touchdown pass to Gronkowski, the Texans' defense handed Watson great field position on the Patriots 44. The rookie responded with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington.

Watson got caught trying to do too much a few drives later and paid for it when Stephon Gilmore intercepted his pass intended for DeAndre Hopkins and returned it 39 yards to the Houston 12. Brady took the lead back two plays later when he hit a wide-open Chris Hogan across the middle for a 7-yard score.

It was 14-13 when Whitney Mercilus got free around the end and sacked Brady from the blind side. The ball popped free on the hit and it was picked up and returned 22 yards by Jadeveon Clowney for a touchdown.

But the Patriots responded again late in the half when Brady found Hogan wide open again for a 47-yard touchdown.

QUOTABLE

"I could have pushed him out of bounds. I am trying to relive the play and I could have done a lot of things a little bit differently." - Texans safety Corey Moore on defending Cooks' final touchdown

CLOWNEY'S BIG DAY

Clowney had two sacks along with his fumble return. He became the third player in Texans history with two sacks and a fumble return for a touchdown in a game, joining Mario Williams and J.J. Watt.

The two sacks also matched a career high for Clowney.

BRADY AND BREES

Brady had his sixth game with five TD passes and no interceptions, one behind New Orleans' Drew Brees for the most in a career.

ANTHEM PROTESTS

In addition Patriots players knelt or locked arms during the national anthem, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who's been a strong supporter of the president, expressed "deep disappointment" with Trump in a statement. Texans owner Robert McNair also called the president's comments "divisive."

INJURIES

Texans: Safety Andre Hal was shaken up in a collision with Amendola late in the fourth quarter.

Patriots: Tight end Jacob Hollister limped off the field early in the third quarter after a hard hit from Johnathan Joseph.

UP NEXT

The Texans return home for an AFC South matchup with the Tennessee Titans.

New England hosts the Carolina Panthers.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Patriots
10:33 Rob Gronkowski 5 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 0 7
07:22 Ka'imi Fairbairn 39 yd FG 3 7
01:51 Bruce Ellington 29 yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) 10 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Patriots
12:25 Chris Hogan 7 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 10 14
07:01 Ka'imi Fairbairn 40 yd FG 13 14
06:15 Jadeveon Clowney 22 yd opp fumble return (Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) 20 14
03:58 Chris Hogan 47 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 20 21

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Patriots
12:45 Brandin Cooks 42 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 20 28
07:12 Ryan Griffin 12 yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) 27 28

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Patriots
12:13 Ka'imi Fairbairn 31 yd FG 30 28
02:24 Ka'imi Fairbairn 36 yd FG 33 28
00:23 Brandin Cooks 25 yd pass from Tom Brady (Brandin Cooks 2pt Pass from Tom Brady) 33 36

Team Stats
  Houston New England
1st Downs 23 21
Total Yards 417 396
Passing 292 337
Passing Completions/Attempts 22-33 25-35
Yards/Pass 8.3 8.4
Rushing 125 59
Rushing Attempts 32 20
Yards/Rush 3.9 3.0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Possession 33:38 26:22

Houston Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Deshaun Watson 22 33 301 9.1 2 2

New England Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Tom Brady 25 35 378 10.8 5 0

Houston Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Lamar Miller 14 56 4.0 0 12
Deshaun Watson 8 41 5.1 0 7
D'Onta Foreman 8 25 3.1 0 5
Tyler Ervin 1 4 4.0 0 4
Bruce Ellington 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

New England Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Mike Gillislee 12 31 2.6 0 8
James White 5 17 3.4 0 6
Tom Brady 1 6 6.0 0 6
Dion Lewis 2 5 2.5 0 3

Houston Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
DeAndre Hopkins 7 76 10.9 0 21
D'Onta Foreman 2 65 32.5 0 34
Ryan Griffin 5 61 12.2 1 35
Bruce Ellington 4 59 14.8 1 29
Braxton Miller 1 15 15.0 0 15
Stephen Anderson 1 14 14.0 0 14
Lamar Miller 1 7 7.0 0 7
Tyler Ervin 1 4 4.0 0 4

New England Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Brandin Cooks 5 131 26.2 2 44
Rob Gronkowski 8 89 11.1 1 22
Chris Hogan 4 68 17.0 2 47
Danny Amendola 3 48 16.0 0 27
Jacob Hollister 1 19 19.0 0 19
Dion Lewis 3 12 4.0 0 5
James White 1 11 11.0 0 11
Dwayne Allen 0 0 0.0 0

Houston Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jadeveon Clowney 6 0 2 15
Whitney Mercilus 5 0 1 6
Kareem Jackson 5 1 0 0
J.J. Watt 5 1 0 0
Christian Covington 3 0 1 12
Johnthan Banks 3 0 0 0
Zach Cunningham 3 4 0 0
Andre Hal 3 1 0 0
Benardrick McKinney 3 2 0 0
Marcus Gilchrist 2 1 1 8
Corey Moore 2 0 0 0
Johnathan Joseph 1 0 0 0
Eddie Pleasant 1 2 0 0
D.J. Reader 1 2 0 0
Brennan Scarlett 1 0 0 0
Dylan Cole 0 1 0 0
Kurtis Drummond 0 0 0 0
Tyler Ervin 0 0 0 0
DeAndre Hopkins 0 0 0 0
Braxton Miller 0 0 0 0

New England Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Devin McCourty 9 1 0 0
Kyle Van Noy 9 2 0 0
Elandon Roberts 6 3 0 0
Malcom Brown 5 0 0 0
Cassius Marsh 4 0 1 7
Stephon Gilmore 4 0 0 0
Trey Flowers 3 3 1 2
Jonathan Jones 3 0 0 0
Malcolm Butler 2 1 0 0
Patrick Chung 2 0 0 0
Lawrence Guy 2 1 0 0
Duron Harmon 2 0 0 0
Adam Butler 1 2 0 0
Deatrich Wise Jr. 1 1 0 0
Johnson Bademosi 0 0 0 0
Brandon Bolden 0 0 0 0
Joe Cardona 0 0 0 0
Nate Ebner 0 0 0 0
Marquis Flowers 0 1 0 0
Geneo Grissom 0 0 0 0
Rob Gronkowski 0 0 0 0

Houston Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New England Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Stephon Gilmore 1 39 0
Duron Harmon 1 12 0

Houston Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tyler Ervin 3 52 17.3 0 22
Jordan Todman 1 23 23.0 0 23

New England Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Dion Lewis 2 44 22.0 0 24

Houston Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tyler Ervin 3 20 6.7 0 9

New England Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Danny Amendola 2 53 26.5 0 33

Houston Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Ka'imi Fairbairn 4 4 100.0 40

New England Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

Houston Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Shane Lechler 4 234 68

New England Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Ryan Allen 6 272 60