- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Some developments of note from ESPN Stats & Info out of the Texans' loss to the Patriots on Sunday:
Postseason success story: Arian Foster’s 90 rushing yards gave him 515 in his first four playoff games, tied for most in NFL history with Terrell Davis. He had a rushing touchdown in his fourth consecutive playoff game.
Third-down trouble: Matt Schaub’s third down work in two games against the Patriots was significantly worse than his third-down work against everyone else. Against New England, he connected on only 52.6 percent of his passes, with no TDs and a pick and a first down percentage of 21.1. Against all others, he completed 63.7 percent of his passes, threw seven touchdowns and five interceptions and had a first-down percentage of 41.1.
Picking apart pressure: Tom Brady completed 12-of-19 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns against five or more pass rushers, while facing such pressure on 46 percent of his dropbacks. The Texans did not adjust their pressure against Brady after getting burned when sending frequent extra pressure against him in Week 14. Brady has now thrown 22 touchdowns in 170 attempts against five or more pass rushers this season (including playoffs), with no interceptions.
Runs up the middle: Patriots’ running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen combined for 219 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. They showcased an inside running game the Patriots haven’t had in recent postseason appearances. Of their 123 rushing yards, 113 came inside the tackles for more than 6 yards per rush.