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Patriots field goal kicker Stephen Gostkowski loses streak but hits game-winner

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HOUSTON — One streak ended for Stephen Gostkowski Sunday, but another may just have begun. It’s a trade he won’t mind making.

Gostkowski saw his run of 21 consecutive field goals made snapped in the second quarter, when his bid for a career-best 55-yarder sailed wide right. But the eighth-year placekicker more than made up for that miss in the fourth quarter, when he connected on a pair of 53-yarders. The first tied the game with the Texans. The second, with 3:12 left, gave the Patriots a 34-31 victory at Reliant Stadium.

It marks the second straight week that Gostkowski has kicked the winning field goal. It also gives him three game-winning kicks on the season, and five for his career.

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