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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Twitter Double Coverage: Texans vs. Pats

By James Walker and Paul Kuharsky

Tom Brady, Matt Schaub
New England quarterback Tom Brady faces off with Houston's Matt Schaub in a fight for AFC dominance this Monday night.

Two of the NFL’s top teams will meet at Gillette Stadium when the New England Patriots host the Houston Texans on “Monday Night Football.”

This game has huge playoff implications for both teams. The Texans (11-1) and Patriots (9-3) currently hold the top two seeds in the AFC. But the Baltimore Ravens (9-3) and Denver Broncos (9-3) also are vying for the top two seeds, which includes a first-round bye.

There are great matchups all over the field in this game. Can Houston quarterback Matt Schaub out-duel Patriots quarterback Tom Brady? Will New England’s secondary shut down Houston Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson? Will Texans standout defensive end J.J. Watt be a disruptive force?

The winner of Monday’s Patriots-Texans game likely will be the favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl in February. ESPN.com AFC East blogger James Walker (@ESPN_AFCEast) and AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky (@ESPN_AFCSouth) discussed the various angles Wednesday on Twitter.