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January 14, 2013

Sixty minutes to glory

Patriots one win from another Super Bowl berth

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The Texans haven't been the same since they arrived here a month ago for a Monday night game looking like the "best team" in the NFL at 12-1 record. In fact, their all-time greatest player, wide receiver Andre Johnson called it the most important game in franchise history. Well, the 42-14 beat down the Patriots put on the Texans sent them on a tailspin, which included four losses in five games, including last night.

Last night was more of the same, but with a bigger penalty. The Texans are finished for 2012.

"This is my first playoff game," said Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib. "It's another level faster than the regular season. Everything is bigger, better and louder. I had a lot of fun (last night). Probably the funnest game I've ever played in."

Talib might want to put the seat belt on because he hasn't seen anything yet. In fact, a seat belt will not be enough to bundle the excitement in Gillette Stadium next Sunday night.

You can email Bill Burt at bburt@eagletribune.com.

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