Branch soaks in playoff opportunity

January, 7, 2013
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Media members won’t have access to the Patriots’ locker room until Tuesday, but some initial reaction to the team’s playoff matchup with the Texans has come in radio interviews as part of “Patriots Monday” programming on sports radio WEEI.

Earlier today, quarterback Tom Brady shared his thoughts on the Texans.

Veteran receiver Deion Branch, who wasn’t on the roster for the Dec. 10 matchup but now projects as the No. 3 receiver on the depth chart, also had his regularly scheduled interview as part of the “Mut & Merloni Show.”

“It’s going to be a different game. I don’t think we’re looking at the score [42-14] once we watch the film from the previous game when we played the Texans,” Branch said on the program.

“The score doesn’t matter. It’s about looking at the plays and some of the things we did wrong in that game and correcting all those things, and like I said, tighten up some of the things we did well against those guys, and probably coming up with a couple new plays here or there.

“As far as the score, that won’t matter. It’s going to be a totally different game. It’s a new game. It’s a new season.”

Branch said he watched the Texans’ 19-13 win over the Bengals on Saturday, but that there wasn’t much to take away from the game because Houston’s game-plan was specific to Cincinnati. He added that while the Patriots spent most of last week focusing on themselves, there was some tape study on the Texans.

For the 33-year-old Branch, who is now in his 11th season, there is no telling if he’ll have this type of opportunity again.

“This stuff never gets old. This is what it’s all about, being in the postseason and trying to further your legacy in the postseason and Super Bowl and things of that nature,” he said. “This is why we play football, to be in this situation we’re in and hopefully to get a lot further.”

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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