NEW: Patriots Hold Off Houston 27-20 in Season Opener
Sunday, September 09, 2018
The Patriot start the season 1-0.
Patriots Hold Off Texans
Leading 7-3 after the first quarter, the Patriots scored three times in the second to take a commanding 21-6 lead.
In the opening minutes, Brady found running back James White for a 12-yard touchdown pass to give New England a 14-3 lead following an extra point from Stephen Gostkowski.
After the Texans got a 36-yard field goal to cut New England’s lead to 14-6, the Patriots would respond with a score in the final minute of the half.
With 1:15 to go, Brady led the Patriots on an eight play, 78-yard drive resulting in a four-yard touchdown pass to Philip Dorsett, giving New England the 21-6 lead following a Gostkowski extra point.
The touchdown pass was Brady’s third of the game.
Brady completed 26 fo 39 passes for 277 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception.
After a Gostkowski field goal midway through the third quarter, Houston would score their first touchdown of the game on a one-yard run by Alfred Blue to cut the Patriots lead to 24-13 heading into the final frame.
Gostkowski would add a field goal in the fourth quarter to put the Patriots up 27-13.
After the Patriots defense forced the Texans to punt, returner Riley McCarron fumbled the punt and Houston recovered on the Patriots 16-yard line.
Six plays later, Houston quarterback DeShaun Watson connected with Bruce Ellington for a five-yard touchdown to cut the Patriots lead to 27-20 after an extra point.
Houston would get the ball back on their own one-yard line with 50 seconds to play, but were unable to tie the game.
The Patriots return to action on Sunday, September 16 when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars in a rematch of last year's AFC Championship.
Game time is set for 4:25 p.m.
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