Branch could knock Pats from playoffs

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

SEATTLE -- Deion Branch is enjoying his personal vindication party against the Patriots, sandwiching two touchdown catches around a 63-yard reception to help Seattle take a 21-13 lead over his former team.

Branch's former coach, Bill Belichick, challenged the ruling on the 63-yard reception, claiming Branch had stepped out of bounds. Referee Carl Cheffers upheld the call. Branch caught a 4-yard scoring pass two plays later.

This is shaping up as a memorable storyline for Branch in an otherwise forgettable season for the Seahawks. The Patriots, at 7-5 before this game, need a victory to stoke their playoff chances. If Branch winds up keeping them out, wow.