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Texans face ‘ultimate challenge’ in New England

HOUSTON — It could have been different last time. If only Kareem Jackson had recovered Stevan Ridley’s fumble in the shadow of the goal. If only Matt Schaub hadn’t thrown that end zone pick. If only someone had picked up Donté Stallworth on that post pattern. If only Tom Brady had fallen into a 10-foot sinkhole at midfield.

“You’re making a huge mistake if you start saying, ‘If we had done this, if we had done that, we would have been fine,’ ” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said about last month’s Foxborough Folly. “We weren’t fine. We got our tails kicked.”

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