Vereen's 33 yard touchdown catch vs. the Texans
When we look back at New England's 41-28 win over Houston last Sunday, it will probably become known as "The Shane Vereen Game." Nobody could have predicted the 3rd string running back with just 5 career touchdowns would become the first NFL player in 19 years to record 2 receiving TD's and a rushing TD in a single playoff game (and just the 3rd ever; Roger Craig in 1984 and Ricky Watters in 1994). But based on the Patriots playoff history in the Belichick/Brady era, it's really not all that surprising. New England has had a knack for busting out unusual new offensive weapons in their opening round playoff games over the years.
In last season's 45-10 divisional round victory over Denver, Rob Gronkowksi's 10 catches for 145 yards and 3 TD's predictably led the way. But the team's leading rusher was the other tight end; Aaron Hernandez had 61 yards on 5 carries.
Three years ago the Patriots lost at home to Baltimore in their firs...