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It's only Week 3, but we might have just seen the game of the year.

Down 33-28 with a little over two minutes to play, Tom Brady, for what seems like the millionth time, lead the Patriots 75 yards and hit Brandin Cooks for a game-winning touchdown to secure a wild 36-33 victory over the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium.

Prior to that final drive, it was looking grim for the Pats, as they had two straight three-and-outs and saw the Texans knocking on the door of the end zone late in the game. But Brady hit Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola on big gains on the drive that ended with the beautiful catch by Cooks.

Brady saw pressure from the vicious Texans defense all day but still somehow managed to throw for five touchdown passes and 378 yards. This is the first time in nearly two seasons the Texans have allowed anyone to pass for over 300 yards.

With Marcus Cannon out, LaAdrian Waddle was tasked with guarding J.J. Watt early on in the game, and the results weren't pretty. Watt had two quarterback hits and five solo tackles, but it was Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney who did the most damage. Clowney had two sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown, while Mercilus had one sack and nearly recovered a fumble he forced himself.

The Texans matched just about everything the Patriots did all afternoon, and rookie Deshaun Watson was brilliant, making throws under pressure that he had no business making. It nearly looked like a rookie quarterback was going to beat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium for the first time in the Brady-Belichick area.

The Patriots improve to 2-1 and will face the Carolina Panthers next Sunday at Gillette.

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Jesse Gaunce 9/24/2017 05:11:00 PM Edit
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