Found January 13, 2013 on NESN.com:
After beating the Texans 41-28, there were a lot of positives to take away from Sunday night’s divisional round game. But if you had to nitpick New England’s victory, it would come on special teams — specifically, the Patriots’ kickoff coverage. From the start of the game, the Patriots struggled in holding Danieal Manning back. The first play of the game was a 94-yard kick return from the Texans’ seven-year veteran safety, and it easily could have gone for seven if it weren’t for an impressive effort from Devin McCourty in catching Manning at New England’s 12-yard line. “It was a huge play,” said Bill Belichick. “Devin has done that a couple times for us. He had great speed, tracking Manning down.” McCourty flashed the 4.41 second 40-yard dash time he posted coming out of Rutgers in 2010 by trailing Manning and catching him from behind. McCourty and fellow cornerback and special teamer Kyle Arrington were neck and neck in trying to catch the Texans’ returner. “First thing I was think
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