Patriots 41, Texans 28 Patriots beat Texans, face Ravens in AFC title game ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jim Davis/Globe Staff Patriots running back Shane Vereen dived for first down in the first quarter. Barry Chin/Globe Staff 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. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Texans receiver Andre Johnson made a catch in front of Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib during first quarter action. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Texans quarterback Matt Schaub rubbed his eyes as he walked off the field during the first half. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Vereen put a spin move on the Texans' Danieal Manning during first quarter action. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Gronkowski landed on his left arm and seemed to reinjure it in the first quarter. He did not return to the game. Elsa/Getty Images Wes Welker caught a pass in the second quarter in front of Kareem Jackson. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The crowd cheered as Vereen celebrated his second quarter touchdown. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski was the last man to beat but managed to make the tackle on Texans returner Danieal Manning. Elise Amendola/associated press Vereen was tackled by Texans strong safety Glover Quin during the first half. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images Texans running back Arian Foster celebrated after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich sails through the air as he brings down Texans running back Arian Foster from behind. Jim Rogash/Getty Images Arian Foster was knocked off of his feet during this play. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd danced in the end zone after a 5-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Tom Brady celebrated with Brandon Lloyd after the touchdown catch. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich took to the air for a little extra yardage after his third quarter interception. Matt Campbell/European pressphoto agency Patriots running back Stevan Ridley ran over Kareen Jackson for a touchdown in the third quarter. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fired a pass en route to 344 passing yards. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Patriots defender Justin Francis tackled Arian Foster after a 2-yard gain during fourth quarter action. Elise Amendola/Associated press Kareem Jackson could not restrain Stevan Ridley as he crossed the goal line for an 8-yard touchdown. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Andre Johnson pulled in a pass for the 2-point conversion after a Texans touchdown in the fourth quarter. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images For Arian Foster, disappointment set in as the night moved on. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard successfully disrupted a pass for Texans receiver DeVier Posey. Jessica Rinaldi/REUTERS DeVier Posey made this touchdown catch in front of Aqib Talib during the fourth quarter. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Vereen headed into the end zone after he hauled in a 33-yard pass from Tom Brady for a touchdown. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Brandon Lloyd (left) celebrated with Vereen after Vereen hauled after the 33-yard touchdown catch. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Tom Brady saluted fans after setting a new NFL record with his 17th career playoff victory. Jim Rogash/Getty Images Bill Belichick saluted fans after the win.