Patriots' dominance by the numbers
December, 11, 2012
By James Walker | ESPN.com
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).
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.