Patriots' playoff hopes take major hit in disappointing loss to Texans

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All those good vibes for the New England Patriots after winning two straight games? Poof! They’re gone, and so too might be their playoff hopes.

The Patriots dropped a 27-20 decision to the host Houston Texans and slipped to 4-6 on the season.

The last time the Patriots lost six games in a season was 2009. They made the playoffs that season, but were knocked out in the wild-card round (33-14 loss to Baltimore).

The last time they didn’t make the playoffs was the 2008 season, and to qualify this year they likely won’t be able to lose another game.

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With remaining contests against the Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, that’s a tall task.

Which is what made their performance Sunday — after a riveting win over the Baltimore Ravens the week before — so disappointing.

Describe the game in two words: Lost opportunity. The Patriots started fast by getting a defensive stop and

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