It’s been a hard-fought game at Gillette Stadium so far, with only four points separating the Patriots and Texans. New England went into the locker room leading by a score of 17-13, following a last-second 55-yard field goal by Texans kicker Shayne Graham.
The Patriots saw two standout performances in the first half, coming from WR Wes Welker and RB Shane Vereen. Welker ended the half with 6 receptions for a whopping 120 yards, including a long of 47 yards. He also picked up his 59th career postseason reception with the Patriots, a new franchise record. Vereen recorded both one rushing and one receiving touchdown, picking up 3 receptions for 45 yards and leading the rushing attack with 40 yards on 6 attempts.
Still no word on the return of Woodhead or Gronk, hopefully we’ll see them back on the field in the second half. (UPDATE: NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports that Gronk is out for the game)
No surprises on the Houston side of the ball, with Arian Foster spearheading the rushing game with 57 yards and a touchdown, while Andre Johnson lead the Texans’ receiving with 4 catches for 54 yards.