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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Six stats that tell the story of Patriots' win

By ESPN Stats & Information

A six-pack of stats from Monday night's Patriots victory over the Texans:

1. Brady shreds Texans pass rush: Tom Brady threw for 121 yards and three touchdowns against five or more pass rushers in the first half en route to a 21-0 lead. Brady has now thrown a league-leading 18 touchdowns without an interception against added pressure this season. Matt Schaub was not as effective against five or more rushers Monday, as he threw an interception and fumbled on a sack.

2. Watt doesn’t disrupt Patriots: J.J. Watt did not have at least one batted pass, sack or tackle for loss for the first time this season. He did, however, force a fumble.

3. Brady effective with deep passes: Brady was 2 for 3 for 100 yards and two touchdowns on passes traveling more than 30 yards downfield. It was the first time in the QBR era (since 2008) that he had two touchdowns in a game on such throws. Entering the game, Brady had completed 25.0 percent of his passes longer than 30 yards, tied for 20th-best among qualified quarterbacks.

4. Pass rush fails Texans: The Texans sent five or more pass rushers on 54.1 percent of Tom Brady’s dropbacks (20 of 37) Monday. Entering the game, the Texans had sent added pressure on 43.9 percent of dropbacks and allowed a Total QBR of 22.1, each of which were first in the league.

5. Patriots stop Texans behind the line: The Patriots defense forced nine negative plays (two sacks, seven tackles for loss) Monday, their most in a game since Week 8 of 2011. Entering Monday, the Texans offense had committed only 5.4 negative plays per game.

6. Hernandez strong in short passing game: Aaron Hernandez caught both of his touchdowns on throws traveling 10 yards or fewer downfield and had 20 of his 21 yards after the catch on such throws. In his three-year career, 14 of Hernandez’s 17 touchdowns have been on throws 10 yards or fewer downfield.

Compiled by Michael Bonzagni, Evan Kaplan, Bobby Greenhalgh and Joey Koontz of ESPN Stats & Information.