Patriots Vs. Broncos: Deion Branch, New England Nearly Perfect

Deion Branch knows a think or two about winning football games. He's a former Super Bowl MVP who had been around Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for a considerable amount of time. When he thinks a team played well, then they probably played some pretty good football.

That was the case on Saturday night for the Patriots, who routed Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, 45-10, in the AFC Divisional Round to set up a meeting with the winner of the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens game on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game next weekend. Brady and the Patriots were perfect. Well, almost perfect according to Branch.

"We knew what was at stake. We wanted to go out there and take care of business," Branch said. "Not saying that we didn't want to do it last year ... but the biggest thing was going out there an trying to play mistake-free football. We almost did that." (via WEEI)

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