The highly anticipated Monday-night game between the Houston Texans and New England Patriots was most likely a preview of the AFC Championship game that is due to come in due time. The 11-1 Texans and the 9-3 Patriots came into Monday night knowing that the victor would assert themselves as the supreme team in the AFC.

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Tom Brady was the same old machine he has been, tossing four touchdowns and humbling the Texan’s fourth-ranked defense. The Patriots’ rout of the Houston Texans resulted in a 42-14 victory. Despite playing without star tight-end Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady was able to utilize his other weapons: throwing two touchdowns to tight-end Aaron Hernandez, one to wide-out Dante Stallworth and one to Brandon Lloyd. This no interception; 60% completion performance sent a message to the NFL that reminded them that Terrific Tom and the Patriots were the apex predator of the AFC.

Fists are bumping in Boston as the Patriots fight for a bye in the first round of their 19th playoff appearance in franchise history.

The resurgence of the slow-starting Patriots has sparked New Englanders’ hope of yet another Super Bowl appearance. The Patriots, who currently own the top spot in the NFL in yards-per-game and points-per-game, will face their toughest test of the season next week against the tenacious and relentless San Francisco 49ers’ defense.

The Patriots hold the top spot in the AFC East with a 10-3 record, and their last two games of the season should result in easy victories as they are going against the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars.

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