The Texans offense got going again in the fourth quarter, but it was too late. Matt Schaub’s touchdown passes of 25 yards to DeVier Posey and 1 yard to Foster in the last 12 minutes just made the margin of defeat closer.
‘‘It’s difficult to sit here (with) the realization that our season is over,’’ Schaub said.
The Patriots’ season continues against a team it beat in last year’s AFC title game 23-20, but lost to in Week 3 this season 31-30 after leading 30-21 with less than 5 minutes left.
The Ravens advanced with a 38-35 double-overtime win in Denver and will be on the road again, trying to keep Belichick from tying Don Shula with 19 postseason victories. A win would be the 18th for Brady and Belichick together since the Patriots drafted the quarterback in 2000. It also would put him two up on Montana.
‘‘I grew up a 49ers fan,’’ Brady said. ‘‘Joe Montana and Steve Young ... those guys are in another class.
‘‘I love playing, I love competing, I love being a part of this organization,’’ he said. ‘‘I think I've just been fortunate to play on some great teams over the years. I never take it for granted.’’
NOTES: The Patriots are 14-3 at home in the playoffs, but just 3-2 in their last five games. ... The Texans were eliminated in their second playoff game for the second straight year after going their first nine seasons without a postseason appearance. ... Schaub threw for 343 yards, one less than Brady. ... Defensive backs Aqib Talib and Steve Gregory led the Patriots with 10 tackles each.
Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL