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FOXBORO, Mass. — This might be the start of something special for Shane Vereen.
Vereen finally had his coming out party on Sunday night, and he did it in the biggest game of his young career. In his postseason debut, Vereen ran for 41 yards, hauled in five passes for another 83 yards and became just the third Patriots player ever to score three touchdowns in a playoff game — joining Curtis Martin and Rob Gronkowski on that list. It was a good night for Vereen, but he nearly didn’t get a chance to put up those big totals.
Danny Woodhead was the running back that started the game in the Patriots’ backfield, and the game plan was originally meant to revolve around him, at least according to Tom Brady after the game. But a first-quarter thumb injury caused a change of plans, and Vereen immediately stepped in to fill Woodhead’s shoes.
“We hate to lose Woody,” Vereen said in the locker room after the 41-28 win. “He is such a key part of our offense, but at the same time, all of the runnin...
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Shane Vereen went from anonymous backup to the spotlight for the New England Patriots on Sunday.
A third-string running back, Vereen became essential in New England's offense after Danny Woodhead was injured on the Patriots' first play from scrimmage. While Stevan Ridley, a 1,000-yard rusher, maintained the lead role, Vereen was the guy getting into the end zone.
Patriots running back Danny Woodhead is questionable for the AFC Championship on Sunday against Baltimore with an injured thumb which he suffered early in Sunday's game against the Texans.Fantasy Spin:Woodhead is usually used as a slot receiver and an occasional change of pace back out of the backfield. With the injury to Woodhead and tight end Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots used...
Shane Vereen scored on a 1-yard run and the New England Patriots overcame a 94-yard return by Danieal Manning on the opening kickoff to take a 7-3 lead over the Houston Texans after the first quarter of their AFC divisional playoff game Sunday.
Manning's kickoff set up Shayne Graham's 27-yard field goal just 1:03 into the game.
The Patriots had two players injured with...
Patriots running back Danny Woodhead injured his thumb early in Sunday's game against the Texans. His return is questionable.Fantasy Spin:Woodhead is usually used as a slot receiver and an occasional change of pace halfback out of the backfield. Shane Vereen will have to pick up the slack if Woodhead is unable to return.
Welcome to the playoffs, Shane Vereen.
New England's forgotten second-year tailback—who was drafted 17 spots ahead of Stevan Ridley in 2011—stole the show Sunday evening, piling up 124 total yards and three touchdowns in New England's 41-28 thrashing of the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round.
The speedster out of California proved to be the X-factor for...
Tom Brady was shaky early on, Wes Welker had an uncharacteristic drop, and Rob Gronkowski was nursing an injury that kept him from making any sort of impact. But Sunday night's Patriots' 41-28 AFC divisional-round victory over the Texans wasn't exactly a carbon copy of last year's heartbreaking Super Bowl loss to the Giants.
Quite the contrary, in fact, as the Patriots...
It was a game that was closer than the Monday Night blowout earlier in the year, but it still wasn't as close as it looks. With hat tricks from both Shane Vereen and Tom Brady (both had 3 TDs) the Patriots defeated the Houston Texans 41-28.The Patriots were up 38-13 in the fourth quarter before the Texans were able to pull within ten. The Patriots recovered an onside kick and...
The Patriots had to be pleased with how healthy the team was heading into the playoffs. Just one game later, the picture has changed considerably.
Rob Gronkowski reinjured the broken forearm that needed surgery a few weeks ago against the Texans on Sunday, and most reports indicate that he will miss the rest of the playoffs. Dan Roche of Boston’s WBZ confirmed that news Monday...
Patriots RB Shane Vereen and TE Aaron Hernandez had a breakout game vs the Texans Sunday in Foxboro. New England rolled 41-28 by leaning on these two key playmakers.
On Sunday, the Patriots defeated the Houston Texans 41-28 to advance to the AFC Championship game for the seventh time since 2001. Running back Shane Vereen had himself a career day after Danny Woodhead went down with an injury on the opening drive, racking up 41 yards and a rushing touchdown, as well as 83 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
Unfortunately for the Pats, tight...
The Patriots have relied on strong veteran leadership for years. But when Woodhead and Gronkowski went down Sunday, Shane Vereen showed that young talent could get them to New Orleans.
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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has left Sunday's playoff game against the Houston Texans with an apparent injury to the left arm that kept him out five games during the regular season.
Running back Danny Woodhead also went out in the first quarter, leaving after the first play with a thumb injury.
Gronkowski broke his left forearm blocking for an extra point...
Patriots moving on to the AFC Championship!
Great win! There were some good moments and some bad ones, but a win is a win especially in the playoffs.
Was extremely impressed with the defense. They had their few brain farts but overall a playoff-worthy performance. They held Houston to 4-15 on third down and that was the difference early.
Offensively Shane Vereen really stepped up...
Tight end Rob Gronkowski is questionable to return after he appeared to re-injure his surgically repaired left forearm while attempting to make a catch near the sideline in the first quarter. Gronkowski landed on the arm as he crashed to the sideline and was in significant pain before he was escorted to the locker room for X-rays.
In addition to Gronkowski, running back Danny...
Following top-seeded Denver’s loss to the Ravens on Saturday, the Patriots headed into their first postseason game of 2013 against the Texans on Sunday knowing that a win would guarantee an AFC title game hosted at Gillette.
With a dominating Week 14 win at home against the Texans already under their belt, the Pats emphatically took care of business once again and closed the book...