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Houston Texans free safety Danieal Manning is chased (Credit: AP)

Houston Texans free safety Danieal Manning is chased by New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty, left, on a 94-yard kickoff return during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

AFC divisional playoffs: Patriots 41, Texans 28

The Patriots routed the Texans, 41-28, in an AFC divisional playoff game Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker pulls
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New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker pulls in a 47-yard pass from Tom Brady as Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson chases him during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster celebrates his
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Houston Texans running back Arian Foster celebrates his one-yard touchdown run with quarterback Matt Schaub, right, on the sidelines after a video review during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen is
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New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen is tackled by Houston Texans strong safety Glover Quin during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

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New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, left,
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New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, left, tries to tackle Houston Texans running back Arian Foster during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is
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New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is tackled by Houston Texans linebacker Barrett Ruud and Johnathan Joseph, right, during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, left,
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New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, left, evades a tackle by Houston Texans linebacker Bradie James during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen celebrates
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New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen celebrates his one-yard touchdown run during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels cannot hold
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Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels cannot hold on to a pass while being defended by New England Patriots strong safety Tavon Wilson during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

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New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, left,
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New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, left, is congratulated by quarterback Tom Brady after Vareen's eight-yard touchdown pass reception from Brady during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen celebrates
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New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen celebrates his eight-yard touchdown catch during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub passes during the
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Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub passes during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) and
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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) and Brooks Reed sack New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub fakes a handoff
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Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub fakes a handoff to Arian Foster during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

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Houston Texans punter Donnie Jones, left holds as
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Houston Texans punter Donnie Jones, left holds as Shayne Graham kicks a 27-yard field goal during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

Houston Texans free safety Danieal Manning is chased
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Houston Texans free safety Danieal Manning is chased by New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty on a 94-yard kickoff return during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

Houston Texans free safety Danieal Manning is chased
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Houston Texans free safety Danieal Manning is chased by New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty, left, on a 94-yard kickoff return during the first half. (Jan. 13, 2013)

Patriots fans watch warmups before the AFC divisional
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Patriots fans watch warmups before the AFC divisional playoff NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. (Jan. 13, 2013)

Mason Campbell, from Houston, Tex., takes a photo
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Mason Campbell, from Houston, Tex., takes a photo before the AFC divisional playoff NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. (Jan. 13, 2013)

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady yells as
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady yells as he runs onto the field before the game against the Houston Texans. (Jan. 13, 2013)

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt warms up
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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt warms up before the AFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the New England Patriots. (Jan. 13, 2013)

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