The Patriots Broke The Texans In 2012 And They Still Haven’t Recovered
October 4 / Tanya Ray Fox / SportsGrid
On the morning of Dec. 10, 2012, the 12-1 Houston Texans were the cream of the crop in the AFC and they were not afraid to flaunt it. In fact, they were so confident in their ability to beat the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Monday Night Football that night that they exited their team bus wearing letterman jackets; an implication that they were the superior "varsity" team coming into someone else's house to dominate them.
The Texans were promptly handed an epic 42-14 ass-kicking by the Pats on national TV, rendering the letterman jackets nothing more than an embarrassing relic of their overconfidence; something with which to mark their descent back into irrelevance.
It turns out that loss was more than just one game. It very clearly marks the end of whatever supposed new and dominant era was supposed to have been ushered in for the Texans and their fans.
Since Week 14 of the 2012, the Texans have been one of the worst teams in the NFL, going 14-27; including the 2012 playoffs in which they were walloped a second time by the Patriots. Even with star players like J.J. Watt, Arian Foster and Jadaveon Clowney, their inability to find any consistency at the quarterback position and their revolving door of staff and team personnel has left them a broken, misguided franchise that is wasting the primes of some of the league's best players.
This is all probably why when they went down 28-0 to the Atlanta Falcons heading into halftime of their Week 4 game, the tone surrounding the Texans from the media and fans was downtrodden at best.