In the first half, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady engineered a two-play, 65-yard drive and capped it off with a 13-yard touchdown pass to running back Dion Lewis. New England took a 7-0 lead. The Texans answered back with a Nick Novak 33-yard field goal.
Late in the first quarter, Lewis struck again with a 98-yard kick off return for a touchdown to give the Patriots a 14-3 lead. When it looked like New England was going to turn this game into a laugher early, Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye caught an interception in Patriots territory.
Houston couldn't capitalize on that turnover and had to settle for three points. On Lewis’ next kickoff return, though, he fumbled the ball and Houston recovered. That turnover led to a C.J. Fiedorowicz touchdown. At halftime, New England led 17-13.
In the second half, New England increased its lead with a 19-yard touchdown reception by running back James White. Houston’s offense began to struggle, and quarterback Brock Osweiler threw an interception to Patriots safety Devin McCourty in the third quarter.
With a 24-13 lead late in the third quarter, Brady threw an interception to safety Andre Hal, which led to a 46-yard field goal by Novak.
Osweiler couldn't avoid turnovers, and the Patriots’ offense capitalized on them by scoring points. Lewis’ 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the game for New England.
Wild Card Round
Saturday, Jan. 7
GAME 1: Houston Texans 27, Oakland Raiders 14
Sunday, Jan. 8
GAME 3: Pittsburgh Steelers 30, Miami Dolphins 12
Saturday, Jan. 14
GAME 5: Atlanta Falcons 36, Seattle Seahawks 20
GAME 6: New England Patriots 34, Houston Texans 16
Sunday, Jan. 15
GAME 7: Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:40 p.m., FOX
GAME 8: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m., NBC
Sunday, Jan. 22
NFC Championship: Atlanta Falcons vs. Cowboys/Packers, 3:05 p.m., FOX
AFC Championship: Chiefs/Steelers vs. New England Patriots, 6:40 p.m., CBS
Super Bowl LI
Sunday, Feb. 5
AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:30 p.m., FOX