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Texans shocked by Patriots’ dominance

FOXBOROUGH — The intensity was strange and thick, and Antonio Smith could sense it from the coin toss. It had the awkward feel of a prize fight stare down.

In the Texans’s corner, it was Smith, Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, and J.J. Watt, coming into a hostile Gillette Stadium to play what was clearly a measuring-stick game with playoff implications.

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