Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after Laurence Maroney scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
The best record in the AFC will mean little to the Houston Texans if they can't beat the defending conference champions. The Texans lost for just the second time this season on Monday night when the New England Patriots coasted to a 42-14 win in a matchup of the two top teams in the AFC. Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns as the Patriots (10-3) opened a 28-0 lead and ended Houston's (11-2) six-game winning streak. ''That's what it takes to get to where they've been for a long time,'' Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. ''That's why they're where they're at: They've been making those plays. We've been making them a lot but we didn't tonight.'' Matt Schaub completed 19 of 32 passes for 232 yards and was pulled in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach. He also threw an interception in the end zone when the Texans were only down by a touchdown; six plays later, the Patriots had gone 82 yards to make it 14-0. New England started its next possession with a 31-yard punt return and ...
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