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Texans understand task ahead of them vs. Brady, Patriots

HOUSTON – In January at Gillette Stadium, it has never been easy on any team that’s come through Foxborough.

Picked as 16-point underdogs, the Texans understand the task they have ahead of them this Saturday at Gilette Stadium.

The Texans were shutout 27-0 earlier in the season at Gillette Stadium when facing the Patriots and rookie Quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

This time, the Texans defense will be going up against three-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady.

In the Brady and Bill Belichick era, the Patriots are 15-3 at home in the playoffs.

“It’s going to be a challenging step to take,“ Bill O’Brien said Monday at NRG Stadium. “We all understand that it’s going to be a challenge, but it’s a great opportunity. There’s only eight teams left in the playoffs,” added O’Brien.

At Monday's news conference, Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien addressed the challenge Brady presents under center.

"I've stated many times that, to me, he's the best quarterback to play the game. He's done it with different types of teams, different teammates. He's a great quarterback. Preparation for him is very difficult," O'Brien said.

O'Brien also acknowledged that Brady is just one of the things that makes the Patriot offense hard to stop.

"You've got a really good offensive line. You've got an excellent scheme that goes fast and changes personnel groups. A lot of different backs that they use. They're just a very well-coached team and really good players, so it's just another challenge for us that we have to really meet," O'Brien said.

The Texans, after beating the Raiders on Saturday, now have three playoff wins in franchise history.

“That’s a big deal,” said O’Brien. “Now it’s about taking another step. They’ve got bright people in the building and great players and they’ve been able to sustain that,” said O’Brien. “It’s a testament to the coaches and the players and of course the owner there Mr. Kraft with their ability to do that.”

The Texans and Patriots meet on Saturday in Foxborough with the kickoff set for 7:15 p.m.