FOXBOROUGH -- There was a lot of hype for Monday night's game against the Houston Texans for good reason.
Houston came into the contest 11-1, tops in the AFC, having won all six games on the road and sporting one of the toughest defenses as well as one of the most resilient running games. In response to such a daunting task, the Patriots ran off a 42-14 win that showed its strength in the league.
"It was a big game because they were 11-1 and leading the AFC and we had to see where we we're at, see where we match up against the better teams in the league," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said. "We lost to Baltimore, who is winning their division, we beat Denver, who is leading their division, and we beat the Texans, who are leading their division. So it's always good to win these games, certainly a Monday night game. We played in a lot of good games here. So Monday night in December is an important one for us and we came out ready to go."
Brady was efficient in the win. He threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. Teammate Jerod Mayo said it was the first time the team had put together four solid quarters.
"Well our defense is playing with a lot of confidence," Brady said. "And offensively we feel like we can move the ball. We feel like we can put points on the board. We've done that consistently throughout the season. Our defense has shown us they can really get the ball to us and play some complementary football. I thought we did that for the most part tonight."
Is it all coming together now?
"Well it needs to come together now. This is the perfect time for it," Brady said. "We can't wait any longer than this. We've got three games left to play. They're the three most important games of the year."