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Patriots’ offensive line gave Tom Brady plenty of time against Texans

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HOUSTON — Tom Brady is going to be the talk of New England and the nation again after another brilliant performance and another comeback win in the Patriots’ 34-31 victory over the Texans Sunday. And we’ll get to him in a minute.

But to understand how the Patriots were able to overcome a 24-0 halftime deficit last week against the Broncos, and erase a 17-7 halftime deficit to the Texans Sunday, one must start with the five beefy guys up front protecting him.

The Texans, featuring arguably the game’s best pass rusher in J.J. Watt and some pretty capable ones in Antonio Smith and Whitney Mercilus, sacked Brady exactly one time Sunday. On 42 passing plays Sunday, Brady was hit just five times.

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