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Patriots end skid and clinch playoff berth with 27-6 over Texans

Patriots end skid and clinch playoff berth with 27-6 over Texans

Tom Brady got Rob Gronkowski back and it helped the New England Patriots return to the win column and clinch a playoff spot.

Brady threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns and the Patriots snapped a two-game skid with a 27-6 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday night.

The Patriots (11-2) moved ahead of the Denver Broncos and the Cincinnati Bengals in the race for the top AFC playoff seed and can clinch the AFC East with one win, or with one loss or tie by the New York Jets. New England hasn't lost three straight games since 2002.

Brady threw touchdown passes to Keshawn Martin and Gronkowski in the first half to help New England build a 17-6 lead. Gronkowski had four...

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