New England Patriots players are celebrating their first victory over the Houston Texans after the franchise moved from Houston to Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots have beaten the Texans 12-6 in Week 1 of the regular season, with Tom Brady and company recording back-to-back touchdowns.
But they have yet to score on a field goal.
Brady had a pair of touchdown passes in the first half and went 5-for-7 for a total of 33 yards on throws that left the field.
The team’s first score came with 9:10 left in the game, when a 31-yard pass to tight end Zach Sudfeld left a gaping hole in the middle of the field for tight end David Andrews to catch and run for a 14-yard touchdown.
But the Patriots were forced to settle for a field-goal attempt, which was a big mistake, as the Texans scored on the next play.
A touchdown pass to Wes Welker left the Patriots with just two plays remaining in the fourth quarter, but Brady and the team’s offense went into halftime with a two-point lead.
Brady threw a 3-yarder to Brandon LaFell for a score, but the Texans returned the favor by scoring on the ensuing kickoff return.
A second touchdown pass by Brady to Wes Wilkerson with 10:45 left in regulation put the Patriots up 21-0.
The Texans responded with a touchdown on the same play to tie the score at 24-24.
The final score was 28-24, and Brady completed 12 of 19 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
The Patriots’ offense had been in the ascendancy heading into this game.
The Texans are now 8-4 in their last nine games, with Brady leading the way with a career-high 331 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Brady’s quarterback rating is 94.1, which ranks second all-time behind Peyton Manning.
The Broncos, meanwhile, are 2-10 in Brady’s last 11 games and 2-2 in Brady-less games.