Brady leads another rout for New England, Houston and Washington give thanks.

Updated: November 23, 2012

Week 12 of the NFL began in emphatic style Stateside yesterday on one of the most important and traditional days of the regular season, Thanksgiving Thursday. Houston showed they had the nerve against the Chargers, Tom Brady led another New England rout while Washington stunned Dallas at the Cowboys Stadium.

For the second time in less than a week Houston went to overtime, and for the second time, the team pulled out a win.

After missing a 51-yard field goal earlier in the extra session, Shayne Graham booted a 32-yarder with 2:21 left to give the Houston Texans a thrilling 34-31 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Last Sunday, Andre Johnson caught a 48-yard score in overtime as the Texans took a 43-37 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This week he accounted for 188 yards on nine catches as the Texans (10-1) won a franchise-record fifth straight game as the visitors

Matt Schaub, coming off a 527-yard, five-touchdown game against Jacksonville, passed for 315 yards with one touchdown and one interception on 29-of-48 attempts while Arian Foster had 20 carries for 102 yards and two scores for Houston, which has won five straight overall.

Matthew Stafford went 31-for-61 with 441 yards and two touchdowns while Calvin Johnson caught eight passes for 140 yards and a score for the Lions (4-7), who have dropped three straight and nine consecutive Thanksgiving games.

Adrian Foster was again in top form for the Texans, running for 102 yards and two scores, including a 1-yard run with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter to cap a 15-play, 97-yard drive that tied the game at 31, with JJ Watt contributing with 3 sacks in another fine defensive display. The win puts Houston firmly in control of the AFC South.

In less than a minute, the Thanksgiving football nightcap went from competitive to a one-sided blowout. An 83-yard Shane Vereen TD reception and a pair of fumble recoveries for touchdowns by Steve Gregory and Julian Edelman during a 52-second stretch in the second quarter paved the way for a Patriots’ 49-19 blowout victory over the New York Jets.

Tom Brady completed 18-of-28 passes for 323 yards while tossing three touchdowns and adding another on the ground for New England (8-3), which scored at least 40 points for the third time in its last four games.

Without Pro-Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker led the Patriots with seven catches for 71 yards and a score. Aaron Hernandez, who played for the first time after missing the last three games, finished with two catches for 36 yards.

Four days after winning in St. Louis, the Jets (4-7) were decimated by turnovers by the offense and special teams. They had four in the first half and finished with five for the game.

Mark Sanchez threw for 301 yards and a touchdown on 26-of-36 passing, but was intercepted once and also lost a fumble that resulted in a Patriots touchdown.

Robert Griffin III threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns in his first Thanksgiving Day game, as the Washington Redskins held off the Dallas Cowboys, 38-31, on Thursday in an NFC East clash at Cowboys Stadium.

Griffin, who fired four touchdown passes in Sunday’s victory over Philadelphia, finished 20-of-28 with one interception, becoming the first Washington quarterback to throw four TD passes in consecutive games.

Alfred Morris carried the ball 24 times for 113 yards and a score as the Redskins (5-6) snapped a three-game losing streak against the Cowboys.

Tony Romo threw for 441 yards on 37-of-62 passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the setback. The Dallas signal-caller had been undefeated in his previous five starts on Thanksgiving Day.

Dez Bryant hauled in eight passes for 145 yards and a pair of scores for the Cowboys (5-6), who had won their last two games.

With the defeat, the Jets lost to the Patriots for the second time this season, clinching the Patriots sixth regular-season sweep of the team in the past 10 seasons.