Matt Schaub (left) leads the Texans into Foxborough to face Tom Brady (right) and the Patriots. New England beat Houston 42-14 in Week 14.The last game of the Divisional round kicks off Sunday at 4:30 ET when the Houston Texans visit the New England Patriots.
Here are seven notes, nuggets and numbers you need to know heading into the matchup:
Final Four Repeat
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, all four remaining AFC teams reached the Divisional round last season, the first time the same teams were the “Final Four” in a conference in back-to-back seasons.
The Patriots beat the Texans 42-14 in Week 14 in Foxborough. According to Elias, teams that lost by 28 or more (like the Texans) to a team that it then faced again in the playoffs are 11-11 in the rematch.
In fact, the team that lost the regular season game has won three of the past five rematches, most recently in 2010 when the Jets beat the Patriots in Foxborough after losing 45-3 in the regular season.
Patriots Have Their Number
The Patriots are the No. 2 seed for the fourth time in franchise history -- they made the Super Bowl in each of the previous three seasons, winning twice.
BradyBrady Has Bunch of Wins
However, he’s 6-6 in his past 12 postseason starts after winning his first 10.
Foster’s Great Start
After running for 140 yards last week, Arian Foster enters the game with 425 postseason rushing yards, the most for a player in his first three career postseason games, according to Elias. The record for a player in his first four postseason games is 515 by Terrell Davis, according to Elias.
Schaub Has Been Stumped
Matt Schaub has thrown three interceptions and no touchdowns in his past three games, his first time without a touchdown pass in three straight games since 2007.
Texans on the Defensive
The Texans defense was stout last week, holding the Bengals to 0-for-9 on third down last week. Elias tells us that it was the first time an NFL team had been held without a third-down conversion in a postseason game since the playoffs following the 1988 season, when the Bills went 0-for-10 against the Bengals.