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The Texans went to the playoffs last season. They've won 11 games this season.
But this Monday's game might be the biggest game yet.
“It’s big," Andre Johnson said after practice on Thursday. "You know how big it is, biggest game in the history of this franchise. It’ll be a big test for us and we’ll be ready to go.”
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“I think as long as we keep winning, every game is going to get bigger and bigger," Johnson continued. "When you’ve been somewhere you’ve never been before, everything gets bigger. It’ll be a big game for us. Everybody knows the significance of this game, so just get ready and we’ll be ready Monday night.”
The Patriots have won 19 straight home games in December. They haven't lost at home in the month since Dec. 22, 2002.
The Texans have won all six of their road games this season.
Both teams are riding six game winning streaks into the game and have both already clinched playoff spots. This game might also help determine who will earn a first-round bye and home-field advantage for the playoffs. The Texans are 11-1. The Patriots are 9-3.
"We’ve been doing a lot of firsts around here and that’s been great," linebacker Bradie James said when told Johnson said it was the biggest game in franchise history. "We’ve been taking them one game at a time and when you win games, the next one is always bigger.
"This is also like a respect deal for us because we know that we’re still flying under the radar. You want to go out here and perform. We’ve had opportunities to perform in front of a nation-wide crowd. We want to keep stacking these wins up and hopefully that will get us where we need to be."