Pats Branch Excited About Return To The Playoffs

Pats WR Branch beaming about return to playoffs

By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer
      FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Deion Branch says it would have been
crazy if he had been told at the start of the season that he'd be
in the playoffs with the New England Patriots.
      Yet that's where he'll be on Sunday when they face the New York
Jets in a divisional playoff game.
      Branch began the season with the Seattle Seahawks, but was
traded on Oct. 12 after four games. The deal reunited him with Tom
Brady, the quarterback with whom he spent his first four seasons
before being traded to Seattle after the first game in 2006.
      Branch said Tuesday the opportunity to return to the Patriots
was a blessing. He caught nine passes in his first game with the
team and finished with 48 receptions in 11 games with New England.
      
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