Game Notes: Patriots 42, Texans 14

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Game Notes: Patriots 42, Texans 14

Here are some game notes from tonight's Patriots win over the Texans, 42-14, courtesy of the Patriots media relations staff:

Brady has 10th season with at least 10 wins as a starting QB
Brady has no helped lead the Patriots to a 10-win season 10 times in his career to tie Brett Favre for second place all-time, behind Peyton Manning (12). Brady accomplished the feat in 2001, 2003-07, and 2009-12.

Ninkovich matches career high with 6.5 sacks
Rob Ninkovich split a 4-yard sack with Trevor Scott in the first quarter to give him a team-leading 6.5 sacks on the year. It matches his career high of 6.5 that he had in 2011.

Newly acquired WR Donte' Stallworth scores on a 63-yard touchdown
Newly acquired WR Donte' Stallworth caught a 63-yard touchdown pass form Tom Brady in the third quarter. It is his longest reception since he caught a 69-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady at Dallas on Oct. 14, 2007. The touchdown was Stallworth's first in a Patriots uniform since October 21, 2007.

December to remember
The Patriots have no won 13 consecutive regular-season December games, a streak that began with a win over the Carolina Panthers on December 13, 2009. The Patriots are now tied with Dallas (13) for the second longest streak in December. San Diego holds the record, posting 18 consecutive regular-season wins in December from 2006-2009.

Welker extends streak to 107 consecutive games with at least one reception
Wes Welker extended his streak to 107 straight regular season games with at least one reception, including his time with the Miami Dolphins. He has a streak of 90 straight regular-season games with at least one reception as a member of the Patriots to extend his franchise record. Welker has caught at least one pass in each of his 97 games with the Patriots, including seven postseason games. The last time that Welker did not catch a pass in a game was December 24, 2005 when he was with Miami. He is one of 39 NFL players to have a streak of at least 100 games with a reception.

Brady on pace for 30 touchdownsagain
Tom Brady has 29 touchdown passes and just four interceptions this season. If he reaches 30 touchdowns in 2012 it would be his third straight season with 30 touchdowns after finishing with 39 in 2011 and 36 in 2010. It will be his fourth season overall with 30 touchdowns (50 in 2007, 36 in 2010 and 39 in 2011). He can become the fourth QB in NFL history to have 30 or more touchdown passes in at least four seasons and the third QB in NFL history with three of more straight seasons with 30 or more touchdowns.

Ridley scores in his sixth straight game
Stevan Ridley had a rushing touchdown in his sixth straight game with a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter. The Patriots record for most consecutive games scoring is seven by Curtis Martin in 1996.

Bruins' skid continues in 6-3 loss to Lightning

Bruins' skid continues in 6-3 loss to Lightning

BOSTON – The Bruins are doing it again. 

With a team that was badly in need of a win, the Bruins couldn’t get any separation from the Tampa Bay Lightning before ultimately sagging in the third period on the way to a deflating 6-3 loss at TD Garden on Thursday night. 

It marks four losses in a row for the Black and Gold with Thursday night as the worst among them, and doesn’t extinguish any of the concerns that Boston is in another late-season tailspin. 

Jonathan Drouin beat Tuukka Rask with a shot from the face-off circle that dipped underneath his glove hand for the game-winner, and Nikita Kucherov added the final two goals to give him a hat trick for a Bolts team that snapped their own three-game losing streak. 

This game had all the warning signs after a nondescript first period with the Bruins giving up goals immediately after they scored three times in the second period. The first was a David Pastrnak power play strike for his 32ndof the season, and the Lightning struck 44 seconds later with a Brayden Point rebound score after a big breakdown by Boston’s best players on the ice. 

Zdeno Chara again gave the Bruins a short-lived lead on a shorthanded goal in the second period, but Tampa Bay responded with a blistering Nikita Kucherov one-timer just 24 seconds later with the Bolts still on the power play. Boston scored again on a Riley Nash wraparound bid that he threw off the diving Victor Hedman in the crease, and Boston had a brief one-goal lead once again. 

It was 1:35 later that Anton Stralman beat Rask high to the glove side on an odd-man rush and that set up a third period where Tampa Bay scored three unanswered goals and sent the Bruins to their fourth straight loss. 

Report: Steelers' offer for Dont'a Hightower was bigger than Patriots'

Report: Steelers' offer for Dont'a Hightower was bigger than Patriots'

Dont'a Hightower left money on the table in New York and in Pittsburgh, and instead took a smaller deal to return the New England Patriots, according to CBSSports' Jason La Canfora.

The Jets' offer was previously reported to be $12 million per year, including incentives. La Canfora reiterated that report. But he also detailed Pittsburgh's offer, as the Steelers also outbid the Patriots with over $9 million per year.

Instead, Hightower settled for $8.7 million per season with New England, and will play under Bill Belichick in a Patriots jersey for the sixth season in 2017.

Hightower traveled a great deal during free agency, and ended up garnering interest from the Steelers, Jets, Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins.

The 27-year-old linebacker finished the 2016 season with 65 tackles tackles, 2.5 sacks, two pass deflections and one forced fumble. He also had a game-changing strip sack on Matt Ryan in Super Bowl LI that shifted the momentum of game.