Originally posted on Projo Pats Blog  |  Last updated 12/18/11
By Tim BrittonDENVER -- With Deion Branch out with a groin injury, much of the pregame discussion for the Patriots revolved around who would start opposite Wes Welker at wideout. While Chad Ochocinco got that nod, the biggest beneficiary of Branch's absence appeared to be tight end Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez was everywhere in New England's 41-23 win over the Broncos, catching a career-high nine passes for a career-high 129 yards. It was his third career 100-yard game. "Aaron's a heck of a player. He's tough to cover one-on-one, and doing different things out there," said Welker, who caught four balls for 41 yards. "He's a big mismatch for a lot of defenses, so getting him involved and him making the plays he did is huge for us." Virtually every New England scoring drive was keyed by a play from the Patriots' "other" tight end. It started early. On the Patriots' third play from scrimmage, Hernandez turned a medium crossing route into a 46-yard gain by breaking a few tackles and...
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