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Patriots QB Brady one win from postseason record

By HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer Published: January 10, 2013

“I know the score looked like it was a certain way, but there were certain plays that we could have done a better job on,” he said. “Hopefully, we can do a better job of (that) this week.”

The Patriots (12-4) have been reminded of that rout constantly this week. And they've constantly downplayed its relevance for Sunday's divisional playoff game.

“Giving us an opportunity to have this game at home, I think that's the important thing about last game,” Brady said. “Other than that, this is going to be a whole different game full of our own execution, our ability to try to beat a very good football team that's played well all year.”

Not quite.

The game against the Patriots began a slide of three losses in four games. The last, to the Indianapolis Colts, dropped the Texans from the first to the third spot in the AFC, costing them a first-round bye.

They won their wild-card game, edging the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13 last Saturday. But they are still playing below the level they established in winning 11 of their first 12.

Still, Brady talked of the Texans as if they were dominating opponents.

“There's a lot to be concerned about,” he said. “They've got a great front, some very experienced players at linebacker, a very athletic secondary. You saw what they did last week — playing at home against Cincinnati there in the first half — was pretty impressive.”

He expects the Texans to make some defensive changes from the previous meeting. But 6-foot-5 J.J. Watt and his ability to jump and knock down passes will still be at defensive end.

So Belichick brought out the racquets again that linemen hold up in practice for him to throw over, Brady said.

“It gets frustrating at times, but I think it's a very good thing that coach does,” he said. “It just subliminally gets it in my head of (Watt's) ability and their ability to defend passes at the line of scrimmage, which I'm sure teams try to do every week.

“But they get them every week.”

Watt didn't bat down any the last time he faced Brady.

“So,” Watt said, “I need to do more.”

He and his teammates must do a lot more than they did in the last meeting to deny Brady his 17th postseason win. And Brady expects just that.

“The Texans are going to have a few different things, we're going to have a few different things,” he said. “It's just going to be a totally different game.”

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