Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) rushes against New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (30) during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Patriots won 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Rapid Reaction: Houston Texans drop 10th straight game

I will say the Houston Texans played the New England Patriots tough Sunday afternoon, but their overall effort, though better than most weeks, still wasn’t good enough to defeat the Patriots, falling 34-31.

The loss is the Texans 10th consecutive loss and next they have to travel to Jacksonville on Thursday for their Week 14 game.

Against the Patriots (9-2), Case Keenum went 15-of-30 for 272 yards and no touchdown passes. He had one interception and he improved tremendously from last week.

The best day on offense belonged to running back Ben Tate as he carried the ball 22 times for 102 yards and three touchdowns. Andre Johnson led in receiving eight eight receptions for 121 yards.

DeAndre Hopkins followed with two receptions for 77 yards.

For the Patriots, Tom Brady finished 29-of-41 for 371 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

LeGarrette Blount was Patriots’ leading rusher with 12 carries for 44 yards and one TD. Shane Vereen had 10 carries for 38 yards and five receptions 37 yards and a TD.

This was a great effort by the Texans and today they showed they have the ability to play better than they have this season, but it still is a too little to late for a team with four games left in a season where they drop to 2-10 overall.

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