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Patriots slam Texans, regain No. 1 seed in AFC

Rob Gronkowski pulls away from Brian Cushing Sunday night in Houston.Getty Images

The Patriots got back on track Sunday night in Houston, thumping old friend Bill O'Brien and the Texans, 27-6. Thanks to Sunday afternoon losses from the Broncos and Bengals, the Patriots moved back into the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff picture with an 11-2 record on the season.

The Pats defense came up huge against Houston, never allowing Texans starter Brian Hoyer to get comfortable. Hoyer went just 11-for-22 for 155 yards in the loss. The Houston ground game mustered just 87 yards.

Keshawn Martin, James White and the returning Rob Gronkowski scored touchdown for the Patriots.

New England plays lowlyTennessee next week at home before a tough one on Dec. 27 at the Jets.

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