FOXBOROUGH — To hear Bill Belichick glumly address reporters on Monday, you’d think the Houston Texans blew New England out in the regular season — and not the other way around.
“There were several things in that game that went our way, but I don’t think that’s really that significant at this point,” the Patriots coach said in a conference call. “I don’t think you can overanalyze that game.”
The Patriots beat the Texans 42-14 on Dec. 10, when Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes. The Patriots led 28-0 midway through the second quarter and held Arian Foster to 46 yards on 15 carries.
Still, Belichick did his best to dismiss any comparison between that game and the second-round playoff game on Sunday that will determine a berth in the AFC championship game.
“I don’t think anybody cares right now whether he gained 145 yards or 45 yards,” Belichick said of Foster. “It’s more about what we have to do as a defense to handle the plays that they run. ... The stats and the score and all that, I don’t think anybody really cares about that.”
Houston lost three of its last four regular-season games to cede the No. 2 seed and the playoff bye to the Patriots. But the Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13 in the opening round of the playoffs to earn a rematch in New England.
Offensive lineman Logan Mankins said keeping the team from getting overconfident is one of Belichick’s strengths.
“He’s great at serving up humble pie,” Mankins said on WEEI. “I don’t think Bill’s overlooked any team ever. You know he’s going to have us working hard this week and trying to get ready.”
Quarterback Tom Brady said in his weekly radio appearance on Monday that the Dec. 10 game won’t have any bearing on what happens Sunday.