RTC: Ben Tate gets a game ball

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...

Although Texans coach Gary Kubiak insisted there is no such thing as a moral victory, the coverage of the Texans' 10th consecutive loss took a positive turn. There was a lot more to like about this one than there was about many of the rest of the Texans losses this season. Still, this game was filled with almosts, just like so many others. Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle goes through them.

The Texans took an early lead, but it wasn't enough to stave off the Patriots. Instead, Houston fell to 2-10 and Tom Brady was glad to escape with a win, writes Kristie Rieken of The Associated Press.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle gave a game ball to Ben Tate, the Texans running back who rushed for three touchdowns, quarterback Case Keenum and receiver Andre Johnson.

Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins has a theory about why the Texans pass-rushers were getting frustrated Sunday. He thinks it's because they like to celebrate and get camera time. Mankins made the comments on CSN New England's Postgame Live show, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com.

This could be the beginning of Keenum having a real future as an NFL quarterback, writes Randy Harvey of the Houston Chronicle. For a while it seemed as if the last quarterback with the ball in his hands would win the game, Harvey added.