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Monday, October 11, 2010
Top Deion Branch moments with Pats

By Mike Reiss

Recapping some of the top Deion Branch moments in New England after he joined the team as a second-round draft choice in 2002:

1. Named Super Bowl MVP after tying a Super Bowl record with 11 receptions in the Patriots’ 24-21 win over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. Branch had 133 receiving yards in the game.

2. Totaled a game-high 10 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 32-29 victory over the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

3. Came up big in the 2004 AFC Championship Game against the Steelers with a team-high 116 receiving yards, on four receptions, in a 41-27 win.

4. Led the Patriots with eight receptions and set a Patriots playoff record with 153 receiving yards at Denver (Jan. 14, 2006), while also recording the longest reception in Patriots playoff history (73 yards).

5. Set Patriots single-game rookie record by hauling in 13 passes at San Diego on Sept. 29, 2002. That tied the second-highest total by a rookie in NFL history.

6. Played in 53 regular-season games (42 starts) from 2002-2005. Also played in eight playoff games (all starts) for the Patriots.