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Texans look to regain scoring touch for 2nd-round playoff game against Patriots next week

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Houston Texans head couch Gary Kubiak throws the red flag during the second half of an NFL AFC Playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald/ Jose Yau)The Associated Press

Another trip to New England awaits the Houston Texans, and coach Gary Kubiak knows what his team has to do to have a chance against the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs.

"We had a rough trip up there last time, but we've earned our right to go back," Kubiak said Sunday. "We want to go back and play a heck of a lot better than we did."

The AFC East champion Patriots trounced the Texans 42-14 at Foxborough on Dec. 10, and Houston gets another shot after beating Cincinnati 19-13 in Saturday's wild-card game.

The Texans did enough to beat the Bengals, but they have to figure out a way to score touchdowns against a New England team that averages 34.8 points per game.

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