- James Walker, ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter
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Here are some astounding numbers to chew on from Monday's game, courtesy of ESPN Stats and Information:
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his 14th game of four passing touchdowns and zero interceptions. That's an NFL record.
Brady threw three of his four touchdowns when Houston blitzed five or more defenders.
Brady passed Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas with 18 games with four touchdown passes. Brady tied Drew Brees for fourth all-time.
The Patriots scored 40 points or more for the 26th time since 2001, which is an NFL-high in that span.
The Patriots have won 13 straight December games, which is tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history. They also have won 20 straight home games in December.
The Patriots have at least 10 wins for the 10th straight season. That's second in NFL history.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, New England's 28-point win was the largest margin against a team holding the best record in the NFL.
Overall, it was a landmark night for New England. The Patriots are just one game behind Houston for the top spot and now hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The New England Patriots picked up their biggest win of the season by thrashing the Houston Texans, 42-14, Monday at Gillette Stadium. It was a major statement by New England (10-3).