Special teams (4.5 out of 5)
Great 31-yard punt return by Welker — thanks to standout blocks from Talib, Marquis Cole, and Matthew Slater (another Pro Bowl coverage game) — to get things started. Zoltan Mesko was very good outside his shanked second punt (3.59 seconds of hang time). The Patriots’ linebackers had a huge edge on the Texans’ on special teams. Stephen Gostkowski has 10 touchbacks on 13 kickoffs in the past two games.