Monday, January 7, 2013
Stats glance: First look at Pats-Texans
By ESPN Stats & Information
A few statistical nuggets looking ahead to Sunday's divisional playoff game between the Patriots and Texans:
* The Patriots beat the Texans 42-14 in Week 14 but, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, teams that lost to a team by at least 28 points in the regular season are 11-11 when playing that team in the playoffs. That list of losers includes the Patriots, who beat the Jets 45-3 in a regular season meeting but lost to them a few weeks later in the playoffs.
* Tom Brady is 16-6 in 22 playoff starts (tied with Joe Montana for most wins by starting QB in playoff history). He is 6-6 in his past 12 playoff starts after starting 10-0 in his first 10 playoff starts.
* Bill Belichick is 17-7 in the playoffs (tied for third-most wins by a head coach).
* This is the fourth time the Patriots are a No. 2 seed. They won Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004, won Super Bowl XXXVI in 2001 and lost Super Bowl XXXI in 1996.
* The Texans lost their only other appearance in the divisional playoffs (2011 at Ravens).
* Texans running back Arian Foster has 425 rushing yards in three postseason games, the most ever by a player in his first three playoff games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
* Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has no touchdowns and three interceptions in his past 3 games. It's the first time he's gone three straight games without a touchdown pass since 2007.
* The Texans have lost two straight road games following a 6-game road winning streak to start the season.