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Patriots running back Shane Vereen dived for first down in the first quarter.
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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski pulled in a long pass reception from Tom Brady during the first quarter but landed out of bounds and hurt his left forearm.
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Texans receiver Andre Johnson made a catch in front of Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib during first quarter action.
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub rubbed his eyes as he walked off the field during the first half.
Vereen put a spin move on the Texans' Danieal Manning during first quarter action.
Gronkowski landed on his left arm and seemed to reinjure it in the first quarter. He did not return to the game.
Wes Welker caught a pass in the second quarter in front of Kareem Jackson.
The crowd cheered as Vereen celebrated his second quarter touchdown.
Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski was the last man to beat but managed to make the tackle on Texans returner Danieal Manning.
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Vereen was tackled by Texans strong safety Glover Quin during the first half.
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Texans running back Arian Foster celebrated after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter.
Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich sails through the air as he brings down Texans running back Arian Foster from behind.
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Arian Foster was knocked off of his feet during this play.
Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd danced in the end zone after a 5-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.
Tom Brady celebrated with Brandon Lloyd after the touchdown catch.
Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich took to the air for a little extra yardage after his third quarter interception.
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Patriots running back Stevan Ridley ran over Kareen Jackson for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fired a pass en route to 344 passing yards.
Patriots defender Justin Francis tackled Arian Foster after a 2-yard gain during fourth quarter action.
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Kareem Jackson could not restrain Stevan Ridley as he crossed the goal line for an 8-yard touchdown.
Andre Johnson pulled in a pass for the 2-point conversion after a Texans touchdown in the fourth quarter.
For Arian Foster, disappointment set in as the night moved on.
Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard successfully disrupted a pass for Texans receiver DeVier Posey.
DeVier Posey made this touchdown catch in front of Aqib Talib during the fourth quarter.
Vereen headed into the end zone after he hauled in a 33-yard pass from Tom Brady for a touchdown.
Brandon Lloyd (left) celebrated with Vereen after Vereen hauled after the 33-yard touchdown catch.
Tom Brady saluted fans after setting a new NFL record with his 17th career playoff victory.
Bill Belichick saluted fans after the win.
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