Texans fall to Patriots 41-28

Patriots vs. Texans

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A frustrated Arian Foster of the Houston Texans looks on during the 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the New England Patriots on January 13, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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by BARRY WILNER

Associated Press

Posted on January 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 13 at 8:22 PM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady became the winningest quarterback in postseason play, throwing for three touchdowns Sunday to beat Houston 41-28 and lift the New England Patriots into the AFC championship game.

Brady got his 17th victory, surpassing his childhood hero, Joe Montana, by throwing for 344 yards. Seldom-used running back Shane Vereen scored three times, twice on receptions.

If Brady can lead the Patriots (13-4) past Baltimore (12-6) in next Sunday's conference title game, then win the Super Bowl, he'll equal the 49ers' Hall of Famer for NFL championships.

The Patriots and Ravens are meeting for the AFC title for the second straight year. Baltimore, which stunned top-seeded Denver in double overtime Saturday, lost 23-20 at Gillette Stadium last January.

Houston (13-5) performed far better than in a 42-14 loss here last month. But the Texans couldn't slow down Brady.

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