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U.S Senator and Nominee for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) (D-Massachusetts) stands on the sidelines with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft before the NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game between the Patriots and the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Massachusets January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

U.S Senator and Nominee for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) (D-Massachusetts) stands on the sidelines with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft before the NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game between the Patriots and the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Massachusets January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
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Young fans wear Newtown Connecticut Police department hats in the stands before the NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Massachusets January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Young fans wear Newtown Connecticut Police department hats in the stands before the NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Massachusets January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks down field as he prepares to pass during the first quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks down field as he prepares to pass during the first quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013
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New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker is tackled by Houston Texans defender Kareem Jackson during the first quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl

New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker is tackled by Houston Texans defender Kareem Jackson during the first quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl
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Houston Texans' Garrett Graham (88) runs back the opening kick-off past New England patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) for 94 yards in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Houston Texans' Garrett Graham (88) runs back the opening kick-off past New England patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) for 94 yards in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
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Houston Texans' Garrett Graham (88) runs back the opening kick-off past New England Patriots' Nate Ebner (43) for 94 yards in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Houston Texans' Garrett Graham (88) runs back the opening kick-off past New England Patriots' Nate Ebner (43) for 94 yards in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (C) is sacked by Houston Texans' J.J. Watt (L) and Brook Reed (R) during the first quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (C) is sacked by Houston Texans' J.J. Watt (L) and Brook Reed (R) during the first quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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New Engaland Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after the Patriots scored a touchdown on a run by Shane Vareen during the first quarter against the Houston Texans in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

New Engaland Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after the Patriots scored a touchdown on a run by Shane Vareen during the first quarter against the Houston Texans in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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New England Patriots running back Shane Vareen (34) celebrates with his teammate Michael Hoomanawanui after Vareen scored a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

New England Patriots running back Shane Vareen (34) celebrates with his teammate Michael Hoomanawanui after Vareen scored a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
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New England Patriots running back Shane Vareen (34) runs away from Houston Texans' Bradie James (53) for a first down during the first quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. At right is Texans' Danieal Manning. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl

New England Patriots running back Shane Vareen (34) runs away from Houston Texans' Bradie James (53) for a first down during the first quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. At right is Texans' Danieal Manning. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl
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New England Patriots running back Shane Vareen (34) runs away from Houston Texans' Conner Barwin for a first down during the first quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl

New England Patriots running back Shane Vareen (34) runs away from Houston Texans' Conner Barwin for a first down during the first quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl
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Houston Texans quarterback Matt Shaub throws a pass against the New England Patriots during the second quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusets January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Shaub throws a pass against the New England Patriots during the second quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusets January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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New England Patriots' Head Coach Bill Belichick yells instructions to his players against Houston during the first quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusets January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

New England Patriots' Head Coach Bill Belichick yells instructions to his players against Houston during the first quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusets January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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New England Patriots' Rob Grownkowski (L) reaches for a pass past Houston Texans' Barrett Ruud (54) during the first quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusets January 13, 2013. Gronkowski was apparently injured on the play and left the game. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

New England Patriots' Rob Grownkowski (L) reaches for a pass past Houston Texans' Barrett Ruud (54) during the first quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusets January 13, 2013. Gronkowski was apparently injured on the play and left the game. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
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New England Patriots running back Shane Vareen scores a touchdown after catching a pass from quarterback Tom Brady against the Houston Texans during the second quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

New England Patriots running back Shane Vareen scores a touchdown after catching a pass from quarterback Tom Brady against the Houston Texans during the second quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
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Houston Texans quarterback Matt Shaub throws a pass against the New England Patriots during the second quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. At left is Patriots' Chandler Jones. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Shaub throws a pass against the New England Patriots during the second quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. At left is Patriots' Chandler Jones. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl
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New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (83) makes a catch on a long pass from quarterback Tom Brady past Houston Texans' Glover Quin during the second quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (83) makes a catch on a long pass from quarterback Tom Brady past Houston Texans' Glover Quin during the second quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl
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New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (83) makes a catch on a long pass from quarterback Tom Brady past Houston Texans' Glover Quin during the second quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (83) makes a catch on a long pass from quarterback Tom Brady past Houston Texans' Glover Quin during the second quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl
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Houston Texans running back Arian Foster dives for a touchdown as New England Patriots Aquib Talib attempts a tackle during the second quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster dives for a touchdown as New England Patriots Aquib Talib attempts a tackle during the second quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl
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Houston Texans place kicker Shane Graham kicks a 55 yard field goal against the New England Patriots during the second quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. Holding the ball is Texans' Donnie Jones and at right is Patriots' Kyle Arrington. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Houston Texans place kicker Shane Graham kicks a 55 yard field goal against the New England Patriots during the second quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. Holding the ball is Texans' Donnie Jones and at right is Patriots' Kyle Arrington. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass in the second quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. AT left is Patriots' Natle Solder. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass in the second quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. AT left is Patriots' Natle Solder. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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