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Proud Patriots push forward after easy victory

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 4:21pm  ET

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) shakes hands with Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) following an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. The Patriots won 42-14. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

AP Sports Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The Patriots insist that their rout of the Texans was not a "statement" game to show they could excel against the team with the NFL's best record.

They made one -- loud and clear -- nevertheless.

Tom Brady and company let the dwindling group of doubters know that they can dominate even their best opponents and are still improving as they head toward the playoffs.

"It needs to come together now," Brady said after throwing four touchdown passes in New England's 42-14 win over Houston on Monday night. "This is the perfect time for it. We can't wait any longer."

There was plenty of pregame focus on the Texans' big playmakers -- J.J. Watt with an AFC-high 16
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