New England Patriots

Sep 9, 2018; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead tries to escape the grasp of Houston Texans linebacker Dylan Cole during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

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Highlights: Patriots-Texans, Week 11

FINAL: Texans 27, Patriots 20. Too little, too late for the Patriots in this one. They scratched and clawed their way into giving Cam Newton a chance at the end of the fourth quarter, but the Texans pressured him on a crucial fourth down to force an incompletion. The Pats get it back with 19 seconds left, but Newton’s Hail Mary to Ryan Izzo, while complete, isn’t near the end zone. Texans win 27-20.

Q4, 4:11: Another stop for the Patriots defense, but another drive with enough yardage for a field goal for the Texans. They’re up 27-20 as Newton gets the ball back for a chance at a big-time drive for the Patriots. At this point, the Pats may have to hope to take Houston to overtime – unless they score a touchdown and Belichick gets goofy and goes for two…

Q4, 7:39: A long drive for the Patriots ends up with only three points, but this is anyone’s game at this point. Damiere Byrd had a heck of a drive with three big catches, including two to convert on third down. Unfortunately, Justin Reid was left untouched on a sack against Newton that set the Pats back nine yards. Nick Folk’s field goal is good. Patriots trail 24-20.

Q3, 2:04: Another big stop for the Patriots defense. But after more big plays through the air by Deshaun Watson, the Pats have to hold Houston to a field goal. Patriots trail 24-17.

Q3, 8:14: Finally, another big play for the Patriots. Newton hit Byrd for 42 yards and a touchdown catch. Byrd was pretty well-covered by made a nice adjustment to the deep ball and a fingertip catch on his way into the end zone. Patriots still trail 21-17.

Q3, 11:52: Finally, a three-and-out for the Patriots defense. If the Texans offense looked like it did in the first half and scored again, the Pats would be in huge trouble.

Q3, 13:21: The Patriots have to punt after their first possession of te third quarter stalls out. But the story here is Rex Burkhead, who took a nasty shot to his knee and went down with a serious-looking injury. Even if he avoided something major, he’s already been ruled out.

On the bright side, N’Keal Harry made two catches on the drive, his first two receptions since Week 7.

HALFTIME: Texans 21, Patriots 10. The Pats couldn’t have gotten off to a better start with a defensive stop followed by an impressive touchdown drive. But it’s been all Texans since then, who outscored them 21-3 after the first two possessions. Deshaun Watson is playing out of his mind. He’s 18-for-23 through the air for 241 yards and two touchdowns, plus four carries for 30 yards and another score.

The Patriots defense can’t get to Watson up front and the coverage isn’t holding up long enough down the field. On play after play Watson bought time and spread the ball around for chunk gains. Something needs to change drastically on that side of the ball. And the offense needs to get back to what it did well on the first drive.

Q2, 0:10: Yet another great drive for the Texans, who get into the end zone for a third time despite committing multiple procedural penalties. Watson completed passes of 18, 9, 24, 4, 14, and 4, the last one going to Keke Coutee in the end zone. Texans lead 21-10.

Q2, 2:20: It’s a three-and-out for the Patriots offense. After Byrd’s catch is overturned, a short White run sets up third-and-7. Newton gets the dump-off away, but White can’t quite break the tackle and so the Pats have to punt.

Q2, 3:35: Damiere Byrd appears to make a catch on a low throw by Cam Newton, but Romeo Crennel threw the challenge flag. The replay showed that the ball touched the ground, so this will be overturned and the Patriots will have second-and-10 from the 25.

Q2, 3:58: Deshaun Watson powers his way into the end zone to cap another productive drive for the Texans. Passes of 25 yards to Jordan Akins and 21 yards to Brandin Cooks set them up in the red zone, and Watson takes it himself for the scramble into the end zone. Watson powered through a gang-tackle attempt by Ja’Whan Bentley and Devin McCourty.

Q2, 8:32: Patriots regain the lead. N’Keal Harry’s offensive pass interference flag really set the Patriots back, as the screen to White is complete but can’t reach the line to gain. Nick Folk’s field goal is good, so the Patriots are up 10-7.

The Pats got into field goal range on the strength of another double-pass play. This time Burkhead threw it back to Newton, who then hit Jakobi Meyers underneath.

Q2, 13:45: Patriots get the ball back, after a nice stop by the defense that was a good response after giving up an easy touchdown drive. Kyle Dugger made a great play to close and tackle Duke Johnson on first down. On third-and-8, Watson hit Will Fuller for 17 yards but the play came back because Texans right tackle Tytus Howard held Chase Winovich. Third-and-18 is incomplete as Phillips breaks up the pass. The teams end up trading stops after trading touchdowns.

Q1, 1:20: Patriots’ second offensive drive sputters out. Newton has to throw the ball away under pressure on first down, then his second-down attempt to newcomer Donte Moncrief is nearly intercepted, setting up third-and-10. The screen pass to Rex Burkhead goes nowhere and the Patriots have to punt.

Q1, 3:36: Could we have a ballgame on our hands? Watson and the Texans answer, quickly and with authority. Watson goes 5-for-5 for 75 yards and the score through the air, with Randall Cobb making the TD catch. Brandin Cooks’ 44-yard catch sparked the Texans, while a 22-yard catch for Jordan Akins set them up for goal-to-go.

Q1, 6:52: Touchdown, Patriots. Damien Harris runs it in behind some excellent blocking, practically untouched to the end zone. Patriots take an early 7-0 lead after a strong start on both sides of the ball.

The big play of the Patriots’ first drive was a 34-yard catch-and-run by James White. Harris had five carries for 25 yards and the score, while Damiere Byrd also made a 17-yard catch. Tight end Jordan Thomas played one snap for his first game action as a Patriot.

Q1, 12:24: Patriots defense gets a quick stop against Deshaun Watson and the Texans offense. Watson overthrew Duke Johnson, but Adrian Phillips was tight in coverage anyway. Johnson is lucky he didn’t get flagged after he got up and grabbed Phillips in the facemask. Patriots’ ball, either way.

— The Patriots won the coin toss and elected to defer. We are underway after a touchback, with Deshaun Watson and the Texans getting the ball first.

— Here are the full inactives for the Patriots and Texans in their Week 11 matchup:

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