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After slow starts, Brady, Patriots' offense nearly unstoppable in second half of recent games

  • Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak, left, and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, right, shake hands following an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak, left, and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, right, shake hands following an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) watches as his 53-yard field goal kick goes through the uprights to give the Patriots a 34-31 lead during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Conroe Courier, Jason Fochtman)

    New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) watches as his 53-yard field goal kick goes through the uprights to give the Patriots a 34-31 lead during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Conroe Courier, Jason Fochtman)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) goes airborne after a hit by Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson (25) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Conroe Courier, Jason Fochtman)

    New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) goes airborne after a hit by Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson (25) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Conroe Courier, Jason Fochtman)  (The Associated Press)

It takes the New England Patriots a while to get their offense going.

Then the second half starts and Tom Brady's attack is very tough to stop.

The Patriots (9-3) have outscored their last two opponents 61-21 after intermission despite trailing by double digits at halftime. In both games, they scored on each of their first five possessions of the second half. The final scores were identical: 34-31 over the Denver Broncos, one of the NFL's best teams, and the Houston Texans, right now the worst.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick says that as Sunday's game progressed, he could see how Houston's defense was going to match up to different personnel groups and that the Patriots could take advantage of that.

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