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Texans safety Tashaun Gipson, Sr. looked like he had a sure fourth quarter interception in front of Patriots receiver Phillip Dorsett II, but he couldn't corral the pass and it fell incomplete.
Texans safety Tashaun Gipson, Sr. looked like he had a sure fourth quarter interception in front of Patriots receiver Phillip Dorsett II, but he couldn't corral the pass and it fell incomplete.Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Julian Edelman sat on the bench very late in the game.
Julian Edelman sat on the bench very late in the game.Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson dove into the end zone for a fourth quarter touchdown on a trick play.
Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson dove into the end zone for a fourth quarter touchdown on a trick play.Jim Davis/Globe Staff
The Texans Kenny Stills hauled in a third quarter touchdown pass in front of Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones.
The Texans Kenny Stills hauled in a third quarter touchdown pass in front of Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones. Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Patriots place kicker Kai Forbath walks off the field after missing an extra point.
Patriots place kicker Kai Forbath walks off the field after missing an extra point. Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (rear) and quarterback Tom Brady sat on the bench during the fourth quarter.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (rear) and quarterback Tom Brady sat on the bench during the fourth quarter.Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady screamed in frustration as he headed for the sidelines after throwing a second quarter incomplete pass that forced New England to punt.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady screamed in frustration as he headed for the sidelines after throwing a second quarter incomplete pass that forced New England to punt. Jim Davis/Globe Staff
The Patriots John Simon had Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson in his grasp, but he escaped to avoid a second quarter sack.
The Patriots John Simon had Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson in his grasp, but he escaped to avoid a second quarter sack.Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson was airlifted by center Nick Martin after the second Houston touchdown of the game.
Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson was airlifted by center Nick Martin after the second Houston touchdown of the game.Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Patriots coach Bill Belichick, with Stephon Gilmore behind him, after the Texans scored the first touchdown of the game.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick, with Stephon Gilmore behind him, after the Texans scored the first touchdown of the game. Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, (backround, far left), started the chase of the Houston’s Bradley Roby after the Houston defensive back intercepted a first half Brady pass that set up a touchdown.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, (backround, far left), started the chase of the Houston’s Bradley Roby after the Houston defensive back intercepted a first half Brady pass that set up a touchdown. Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman couldn’t reach this first quarter pass from Tom Brady.
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman couldn’t reach this first quarter pass from Tom Brady.Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady felt the heat of Houston’s Charles Omenihu, which forced him to fire an incomplete pass in the second quarter.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady felt the heat of Houston’s Charles Omenihu, which forced him to fire an incomplete pass in the second quarter. Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was taken down by Houston’s Tashaun Gipson Sr.m but not before picking up a first down during the first quarter.
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was taken down by Houston’s Tashaun Gipson Sr.m but not before picking up a first down during the first quarter. Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Former Patriot Keion Crossen (center) shared a laugh before the game with former teammates Duron Harmon and Devin McCourty.
Former Patriot Keion Crossen (center) shared a laugh before the game with former teammates Duron Harmon and Devin McCourty. Jim Davis/Globe Staff
A member of the stadium security team was dressed for the season.
A member of the stadium security team was dressed for the season. Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett II grabbed a pass during warmups.
Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett II grabbed a pass during warmups. Jim Davis/Globe Staff
New Patriots kicker Kai Forbath practiced before the game.
New Patriots kicker Kai Forbath practiced before the game.Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and quarterback Tom Brady spoke before the game.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and quarterback Tom Brady spoke before the game. Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Patriots defensive lineman Deatrich Wise, Jr., got loose in the end zone before the game.
Patriots defensive lineman Deatrich Wise, Jr., got loose in the end zone before the game. Jim Davis/Globe Staff