By the Numbers: Patriots 34, Texans 31

By the Numbers: Patriots 34, Texans 31
December 2, 2013, 4:00 pm
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The Texans lost to the Patriots on Sunday, 34-31. It's the team's 10th straight loss after winning two to start the season. Here are some more statistics from Sunday's game and the disastrous season.

  • The Texans have now lost seven games by seven points or fewer, including the last six. They've lost more one-score games than any other team this year.


The next closest teams this year are the Falcons, Ravens and Chargers. All three have lost five games by seven points or fewer.

The NFL record for games lost by seven points or fewer is nine. That has been done four times in NFL history, most recently by the 2011 Vikings. Nineteen teams have lost that way eight times.

Only the 2001 Lions and the 1993 Patriots (eight games) have lost by seven points or fewer more times through 12 games.

  • The Texans have gained 4,383 yards this season. At 2-10, they have the worst record of any team in NFL history with 4,300 yards through 12 games.


While the Texans have gained a lot of yards, they aren't scoring a whole lot. They have scored just 230 points this year. They're the fifth team in NFL history to score that few points with over 4,300 yards of offense through 12 games.

  • The Texans scored 31 points on Sunday. It's the 26th time in franchise history they've done that. With the loss, they're 23-3 in games where they score 31 points.
  • They are 33-1 when giving up 34 points. They've given up at least 34 points three times this season.
  • Ben Tate ran wild on Sunday. He ran 102 times on 22 carries with three touchdowns.


Tate became the first player in the NFL this season with 100-plus yards and three rushing touchdowns in a game. It’s the first time a Texan has had three rushing touchdowns since Arian Foster did it on Sept. 12, 2010 and Tate’s game was the third time in franchise history.

The Texans got another rushing touchdown from Case Keenum late in the third quarter. Sunday was the first time in team history the Texans have scored four rushing touchdowns.

  • Andre Johnson reached the 900-catch plateau on Sunday. He became the 15th player in NFL history to do that and did it in the second fewest games. Marvin Harrison (149) is the only person to do it faster than Johnson, who did it in 150 games.
  • Johnathan Joseph recorded his second interception on Sunday. He's tied for 17th among active players in the league with 22.


But the Texans have just five interceptions on the season, dead last in the league. They're also tied with the Jets with nine takeaways, also good for dead last in the NFL.

The fewest interceptions the Texans have ever had in a season is seven in 2005. They might not get there this year.



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