Like any good Jaguar fan, I am always torn as to whether I should root for the AFC South’s delegation to the playoffs or whether I should stare stubbornly at the TV with beam of hate emanating from my eyes. I may not root for the Houston Texans during the season, but watching them play has been a pleasure. Andre Johnson was an absolute beast in 2012, Arian Foster ran better than anybody else in the division, and Matt Schaub finally got to show that he can win a playoff game. All in all, it was a pretty good year for the Houston Texans.
But they still couldn’t beat the New England Patriots.
This game was New England’s the entire time. Houston could not keep pace with the dynamic Pats defense or with the high powered Pats offense. This game went well beyond having the more talented players. The Texans were simply out-coached. Foster was unable to get anything going on the ground until it was too late, and by the defense had been unable to make this game necessitate the pass. Tom Brady and company were just too much for the AFC South’s top seeded team. While there as some question early in the season as to whether the Patriots were the same Patriots we have seen in years past, I think now the definitive answer is yes.
And they are in a class of their own.
It will be curious to see if the Pats will be able to stop the Baltimore Ravens again. Last year’s AFC Championship should have gone to the bumbling Ravens, but a drop in the endzone and a missed field goal made sure that the Patriots made yet another trip to the Super Bowl.
Eventually an AFC South team will make it there as well. Just not this year.
Final Score: 41-28 Patriots
– Luke N. Sims
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