Another performance against Watt like the last one would help. The NFL sacks leader with 20 1-2, plus 16 passes defensed, had none of either in the previous meeting.
‘‘I got quite a few hits on Brady, but, obviously, the ball was gone every time,’’ Watt said. ‘‘That’s why you get another shot, and this is the playoffs and I'm going to bring everything that I have.’’
The Patriots plan to do the same. Only two of their players, Brady and Wilfork, remain from the last Super Bowl-winning team in the 2004 season.
‘‘We all play this game for one goal: to be champions,’’ Wilfork said. ‘‘You can’t take a situation and overlook it. And the situation for us is the Houston Texans. We can’t overlook this team. We have to go in and play good football. If we play well, we'll be OK, but if we don't, we'll be in trouble.’’
And then that one-sided win just a month ago really would mean nothing.
‘‘People have their own opinions about it, but we know what kind of football team we are,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘We know if we go out and play well, we’re capable of beating anybody.’’
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