The Texans (11-1) currently have the top seed in the AFC with the Baltimore Ravens second. The Patriots must pass one of them in their four remaining regular-season games to get a first-round bye.
So coordinator Matt Patricia knows his defense will have to keep playing well against Houston.
“You’re talking about a very balanced, very well-put-together offense,” he said.
If the game is close, Belichick hopes his team can come up with big plays down the stretch, just as it did in Miami.
“That’s what I’d like to see from an offense or a defense or any part of your team for that matter, to make the critical plays that you need to make to win the game,” he said. “That’s really what it’s all about, not a bunch of stats.”
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