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Tom Brady says the Patriots are starting to figure it out

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  December 1, 2013 05:49 PM

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HOUSTON -- It started last week against the Denver Broncos when the Patriots were down 24-0.

They outscored Peyton Manning and his cohorts 34-7 in the second half, leading to a 34-31 overtime win.

On Sunday, it was more of the same for the Patriots with another second half flurry. The Patriots were down 17-7 when they scored two quick third quarter touchdowns, a 1-yard run by James Develin and a 9-yard pass from Tom Brady to Shane Vereen, before finishing off the Houston Texans 34-31. The Patriots outscored Houston 27-14 in the second half.

"Yeah, we figured it out a little bit last week, too," Brady said. "But it was good to get a win on the road. We talked about that because we have lost the last three on the road."

Between the two wins, the Patriots have shown an ability to win come-from-behind games regularly, a feat not many other franchises are accustomed to.

"Yeah, we've got some of that [resolve]," Brady said. "I wish we could start fast and put the foot on the gas pedal the whole way, but we just got behind a little bit and played a lot better in the second half. We still got plenty of chances to convert even more and got to figure out a way to keep moving the ball, get the ball in the end zone. But a lot of guys made some really big plays. James Develin and [Julian Edelman], I mean everyone contributed. Steve [Gostkowski] had some great kicks."

However, the win does not absolve the team from its woes in the first half after being outscored 41-7 in the last two weeks.

"There's going to be one team that's happy at the end of the year," Brady said. "That's just the way it is. I don't know. We're trying to do our best, go out there and execute the game plan and certainly it's not always perfect, but every team has talent so it's tough to win on the road, especially when you get behind 17-7.

"You pump a lot of life in to them there. It ended up being a dogfight for us, but we found a way to pull it out and I think that's the most important thing.

"No matter what the situation is; if you're ahead late, if you're behind late, you have to figure out a way to win it at the end."

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