HOUSTON — Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass in his first game since winning the Super Bowl on the same field, but the New England Patriots fell to the Houston Texans 27-23 in a preseason game on Saturday night.

Brady, who sat out last week, was 6 of 9 for 67 yards while directing the offense for two possessions.

The Patriots punted on their first drive before Brady connected with Rex Burkhead on a 22-yard touchdown throw that tied it at 7-7 early in the second quarter. Burkhead, a former Nebraska running back who previously played for Cincinnati, carried seven times for 20 yards and caught three passes for 50 yards.

Ex-Husker Niles Paul caught a 16-yard scoring pass from Redskins backup Colt McCoy in Washington's 21-17 loss to Green Bay. It was the tight end’s only reception.

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