Patriots Defense Begins Game In Alarmingly Awful Fashion Against Texans

Houston had the ball for over 10 minutes


October 10, 2021

The Patriots defense couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start Sunday against the Texans.

New England’s defense allowed Davis Mills and an objectively poor Houston offense to chew up over 10 minutes on an 18-play, 79-yard drive that resulted in an 11-yard touchdown reception by Antony Auclair. The Patriots allowed Houston to convert three of four third-down tries, and also surrendered a fourth-down conversion.

Here’s the score from Auclair:

Ka’imi Fairbairn wound up missing the extra-point chance, so it wasn’t all good for the Texans.

The Patriots responded with a touchdown drive of their own, with Damien Harris punching it in at the goal line. New England kicker Nick Folk, too, missed his extra-point try.

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