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Arrow Grantland Bill Barnwell on Texans vs Patriots

Houston Texans (12-4) at New England Patriots (12-4)

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Like our other AFC matchup, this game is a rematch of a blowout from the middle of December. In fact, New England's cruise to victory over Houston is why this game is in Foxborough; New England's head-to-head victory over Houston was enough to secure them the tiebreaker for the second spot in the AFC. The Texans were forced to suit up during the wild-card round and beat the Bengals, who required some exertion to dispatch in a 19-13 battle.

If you read Thursday's piece on the Ravens-Broncos game and the issues affecting Baltimore's blowout loss from Week 15 in the regular season, you could probably put together a case for revenge if you were a Ravens fan expecting better things in the second contest. The Ravens were without Ray Lewis and starting special-teamers at multiple spots on defense. The Ravens were a pick-111 away from being within three points at halftime with the ball to come at the beginning of the second half, and Baltimore failed to recover the two most important fumbles of the game. You can't turn the numbers into a situation where the Broncos shouldn't be favored, but you can create some doubt.

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...-playoff-games
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