By DAN SULLIVAN The Associated PressBoston (AP) Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were not playing well enough to overcome a late third-quarter deficit and rallied to beat the Houston Texans 27 to 24 on Sunday.
It was the second straight game Brady has been held to under 50 yards passing and the sixth time he has completed less than 60 percent of his passes this season.
New England is 3-0 since losing its first game at the hands of the Texans, who won three straight and five of their past six.
It’s the third straight season Brady has thrown for 300 or more yards in three straight games, and it’s the first time in franchise history that his team has won the three-game sweep.
Houston (4-5) is now 1-6 since moving to Houston.
The Patriots have won eight straight at home and four of their last five.
They haven’t won three consecutive at home since 2010.
The Texans haven’t lost three straight at Gillette Stadium since 2012.
The Texans won the first two games of their trip after a 10-0 start.
They’ve won nine of 10, including two straight wins over the New York Jets.
The win will give the Texans their first winning streak of the season since they won seven straight in December.
The loss ends a three-match losing streak for Brady, who has not thrown a touchdown pass since Week 1.
The first quarter was nothing but sloppy play, as Brady threw two interceptions and the Texans held the Patriots to their lowest point total of the year.
Brady threw for four TDs, but he also ran into a crowd of fans on his way to a 34-yard field goal.
After Houston got the ball back with 10:22 remaining in the third quarter, it was clear the Texans were going to have to go back to their game plan.
Brady ran the ball for a 1-yard score on his first play, but Houston recovered at the Houston 1.
They also got the momentum going late, scoring their second TD on the next possession.
The Pats led 24-20 at halftime.
But after the Texans scored their first score, the Patriots scored their second and third points of the second quarter, and the third was tied.
The third quarter saw Brady throw for a career-high 334 yards, with one TD pass.
He completed 19 of 24 passes for 228 yards and two TDs.
After a two-and-out by Houston, Brady again got the Texans back in the game on a 3-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski with 6:09 remaining in regulation.
Brady hit Wes Welker on the game-winning TD pass from the 3.
The Patriots were up 27-20.
The score was 28-28 at halftime, with the Patriots going on a 21-play, 76-yard drive capped by Gronkowski’s 6-yard TD run.
The drive ended with Brady making two passes, including the game winner.
Houston’s first touchdown came on a 6-play drive that was capped by a 7-yard run by Brock Osweiler.
The Chiefs had one timeout to run the clock down to two minutes, but they didn’t have enough time to get the ball out of the end zone.
The next drive had a lot of good moments, but it ended with a fumble that led to a sack by Houston defensive end/outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard.
The Chiefs scored on a 4-yard rush by linebacker Justin Houston, but Brady was sacked on a pass from Osweizer that was incomplete.
The ball was returned by Houston for a touchdown.
The teams combined for 31 yards on the drive, including a 5-yard gain by Osweilizer.
The next drive was a bit of a letdown, with Osweiser throwing a 4th-and, 3-interception pass to Justin Houston that led directly to Brady’s interception.
The third down was short and Houston scored on another 3-and.
It was Houston’s first TD pass of the game.
The game remained tied at 28 late in the fourth quarter.
The second half was a lot more physical, with both teams having several sacks.
Houston finished with five tackles.
The game was tied on a 10 yard field goal by Brady.
The score was 27-28.
The fourth quarter was the first half of the Patriots loss to the Texans.
The ball was thrown away on the final play, with Brady being intercepted by Oswier, who was sacked and returned for a score.
The final score was 23-28, with no points by either team.