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Deion Branch
WR #84
Height:
5-9
Weight:
195
College:
Louisville
Hometown:
Albany, Ga.
Experience:
11
Receiving
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLongTD20+40+1stFUM
TOTAL 140 518 6,644 12.8 47.5 79 39 81 14 335 1
2012 NE 10 16 145 9.1 14.5 25 0 1 0 10 0
2011 NE 15 51 702 13.8 46.8 63 5 10 2 37 0
2010 NE 11 48 706 14.7 64.2 79T 5 9 2 36 0
2010 SEA 4 13 112 8.6 28 41 1 1 1 7 1
2009 SEA 14 45 437 9.7 31.2 35 2 4 0 17 0
2008 SEA 8 30 412 13.7 51.5 63 4 4 2 18 0
2007 SEA 11 49 661 13.5 60.1 65 4 10 2 30 0
2006 SEA 14 53 725 13.7 51.8 38T 4 8 0 40 0
2005 NE 16 78 998 12.8 62.4 51 5 13 1 51 0
2004 NE 9 35 454 13 50.4 26T 4 6 0 27 0
2003 NE 15 57 803 14.1 53.5 66T 3 9 2 40 0
2002 NE 13 43 489 11.4 37.6 49T 2 6 2 22 0
Rushing
YearTeamGAttAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDLng1st1st%20+40+FUM
TOTAL 140 8 0.1 33 4.1 0.2 0 19 3 37.5 0 0 0
2012 NE 10 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 NE 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 NE 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 SEA 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 SEA 14 1 0.1 -8 -8 -0.6 0 -8 0 -- 0 0 0
2008 SEA 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 SEA 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 SEA 14 4 0.3 30 7.5 2.1 0 19 1 25 0 0 0
2005 NE 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 NE 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2003 NE 15 1 0.1 11 11 0.7 0 11 1 100 0 0 0
2002 NE 13 2 0.2 0 -- 0 0 4 1 50 0 0 0
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 140 36 863 24 63 0 26 2 0 1
2012 NE 10 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 NE 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 NE 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 SEA 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 SEA 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 SEA 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 SEA 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 SEA 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 NE 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 NE 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2003 NE 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 NE 13 36 863 24 63 0 26 2 0 1
Punt Return
YearTeamGRetRetYAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 140 7 84 12 40 0 1 1 1 1
2012 NE 10 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 NE 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 NE 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 SEA 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 SEA 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 SEA 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 SEA 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 SEA 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 NE 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 NE 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2003 NE 15 4 26 6.5 11 0 0 0 1 0
2002 NE 13 2 58 29 40 0 1 1 0 0
Passing
YearTeamGAttCompPctAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDTD%IntInt%Lng20+40+SckSckYRate
TOTAL 140 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- 0 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 1 3 --
2012 NE 10 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 NE 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 NE 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 SEA 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 SEA 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 SEA 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 SEA 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 SEA 14 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- 0 -- 0 -- -- 0 0 1 3 --
2005 NE 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 NE 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2003 NE 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 NE 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 140 24 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2012 NE 10 1 1 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 NE 15 2 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 NE 11 0 -- -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 SEA 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 SEA 14 3 3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 SEA 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007 SEA 11 3 3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006 SEA 14 3 3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2005 NE 16 6 5 1 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2004 NE 9 0 -- -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2003 NE 15 3 3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2002 NE 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 140 3 2 1 3 1 -1 0 0 1 0 1
2012 NE 10 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 NE 15 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2010 NE 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2010 SEA 4 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- 0 1 0 1
2009 SEA 14 -- -- 0 1 -- 0 -- 0 -- -- --
2008 SEA 8 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2007 SEA 11 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2006 SEA 14 -- -- 1 -- 1 -- 0 0 -- -- --
2005 NE 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2004 NE 9 1 1 -- 1 -- -1 -- 0 0 0 0
2003 NE 15 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2002 NE 13 1 0 0 1 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0

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Biography

Deion Branch was signed by the New England Patriots on Dec. 12, 2012 ... Originally drafted by New England in the second round (65th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft … Traded by New England to Seattle (9/11/06) for a first-round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft ... Acquired by the New England Patriots from Seattle in a trade on Oct. 12, 2010 for a 2011 fourth-round draft pick … Released by New England (8/31/12) ... Signed by New England (9/19/12) ... Released by New England (11/17/12).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS
Deion Branch was signed by the New England Patriots on Dec. 12, 2012 ... Originally drafted by New England in the second round (65th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft … Traded by New England to Seattle (9/11/06) for a first-round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft ... Acquired by the New England Patriots from Seattle in a trade on Oct. 12, 2010 for a 2011 fourth-round draft pick … Released by New England (8/31/12) ... Signed by New England (9/19/12) ... Released by New England (11/17/12).


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Returned to the Patriots after four seasons in Seattle and set a career high with six touchdown receptions in 2010 (one with Seattle and five with New England), including a career-long 79-yard touchdown reception at Detroit (11/25).
  • Branch was awarded the Pete Rozelle Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXIX. His 11 receptions in the game tied the Super Bowl record, also achieved by Jerry Rice, Dan Ross and Wes Welker.
  • Branch has turned in his biggest performances on the greatest stage in sports, leading all receivers in Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX. He recorded a combined 21 receptions in the two games and owns two of the top seven receiving performances in Super Bowl history. His career reception total in the Super Bowl ranks third all-time, trailing only Jerry Rice (33) and Andre Reed (27).
  • In the Patriots’ 2005 divisional playoff game at Denver, Branch set a team playoff record with 153 receiving yards on eight catches. Branch also grabbed a 73-yard completion in the game, establishing the longest reception in Patriots playoff history.
  • Branch was the NFL’s leading receiver in the 2004 playoffs, pacing the league in receptions (16) and receiving yards (264). In addition to being named Super Bowl XXXIX MVP, he was selected as the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Week following the AFC Championship Game (1/23/05),
    when he led all receivers with 116 yards, including a gamebreaking 60-yard touchdown grab.
  • Branch was the leading receiver in Super Bowl XXXVIII, grabbing 10 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers.


SEASONAL REVIEWS


2012 (10/4, 2/0)

  • Rotates in as a reserve wide receiver.
  • Caught a season-high four passes for 30 yards (7.5 avg) vs. Buffalo (11/11).
  • Appeared as a reserve in his first game back with the team, catching two passes for 11 yards (5.5 avg) at Baltimore (9/23).



2011 (15/15, 3/3)

  • Started all 15 regular season games he played, finishing with 51 catches for 702 yards and five touchdowns. Started all three postseason games, making eight catches for 148 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown grab.
  • Made three receptions for 45 yards against the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI (2/5).
  • Caught two passes for 18 yards in a start in the AFC Championship game against the Ravens (1/22).
  • Started at wide receiver and snared three receptions for 85 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown in the Divisional playoff game against the Broncos (1/14).
  • Started, but saw minimal playing time against the Bills (1/1).
  • Caught three passes for 37 yards and one touchdown against the Dolphins (12/24).
  • Was inactive due to injury against the Broncos (12/18).
  • Started and was targeted twice against the Redskins (12/11).
  • Caught three passes for 37 yards against the Colts (12/4).
  • Led the team with 125 yards on six receptions, including a 63-yard catch to set up a second quarter touchdown against the Eagles (11/27).
  • Tallied 19 yards on two catches in a start against the Chiefs (11/21).
  • Caught five passes for 58 yards and one touchdown against the Jets (11/13). Moved into 9th place on the Patriots all-time receiving list, finishing with 3,934 yards
  • Made two catches for 21 yards against the Giants (11/6). Moved into eighth place on the Patriots All-Time reception list with 292.
  • Caught four catches for 36 yards and one touchdown in a start against the Steelers (10/30).
  • Started and caught three passes for 69 yards including a season-long 45-yard reception on a second quarter third-and-long against the Cowboys (10/16).
  • Led the team with seven receptions (74 yards) and one
    touchdown, including a 29-yard catch in the second quarter
    against the Jets (10/9).
  • Scored his first touchdown of the season on a 4-yard pass from Tom Brady against the Raiders (10/2).
  • Started against the Bills (9/25).
  • Recorded the 10th 100-yard game of his career, leading the team with 129 years on eight receptions against the Chargers (9/18).
  • Started the season opener in Miami and caught 7 passes for 93 yards in a (9/12).



2010 (11/9, 1/0-New England)


  • Acquired by the Patriots in a trade with Seattle on Oct. 12
  • Played in 11 games and started nine with the Patriots, finishing with a career-high six touchdowns (five with New England, one with Seattle) on 61 receptions for 818 yards (13.4 average). The 818 yards were second to the 998 yards he had 2005 with the Patriots, while the 61 receptions were second to the 78 he had in 2005 with the Patriots.
  • Had two 100-yard games three receptions for 113 yards at Detriot (11/25) and eight receptions for 151 yards at Chicago (12/12).
  • In his first game back with the Patriots vs Baltimore (10/17) after spending four-plus seasons with the Seahawks, had nine receptions for 98 yards and one touchdown- a five yard throw from Brady in the fourth quarter. The nine receptions against the Ravens were teh second highest single-game total of his career, dating back to his career-high 13-catch performance at San Diego as a rookie(11/29/02).
  • Led the team with seven catches for 70 yards vs. Indianapolis (11/21), including a third-down conversion in the first quarter that kept alive a 15-play,82-yard scoring drive (11/21). Also contributed a key block to Danny Woodhead's career-long 36-yard touchdown run.
  • Recorded his longest career recpetion on a 79-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady at Detriot (11/25),besting a 66-yard TD pass from Brady in 2003. Finished with three receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns (11/25).
  • Set a personal best with 151 yards on eight receptions including a 59-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady on the final play of the first half at Chicago (12/12).



2009 (14/5 - Seattle)


  • Played in 14 games with five starts for Seattle.
  • Finished the season with 45 receptions for 437 yards and two touchdowns.



2008 (8/8 - Seattle)


  • Was limited to eight games due to injury.
  • Started all eight games that he played.
  • Finished with 30 receptions for 412 yards and four touchdowns.
  • Caught two touchdown passes in his first game against his old team vs. New England (12/7).



2007 (11/11, 1/0 - Seattle)


  • Started 11 games, missing five games due to injury.
  • Finished the season with 49 receptions for 661 yards and four touchdowns.
  • Had two 100-yard games with seven receptions for 122 yards at Arizona (9/16) and seven receptions for 130 yards at San Francisco (9/30).
  • Was inactive for the postseason game vs. Washington (1/5) and played but did not start in the postseason game at Green Bay (1/12).
  • Suffered a knee injury in the game against the Packers.



2006 (14/13, 2/2 - Seattle)


  • Was traded from the Patriots to Seattle on Sept. 11 following the first regular-season game of the year.
  • After sitting out the second week with Seattle, went on to start in 13 of 14 games.
  • Finished the season with 53 receptions for 725 yards and four touchdowns.
  • Also started two postseason games and with eight catches for 189 yards.
  • Caught seven passes for 113 yards and a 38-yard touchdown at San Francisco (11/19).



2005 (16/15/0/0):

  • Led the team with a career-high 78 receptions and 998 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions ... Has recorded at least one reception in each of the last 47 games in which he has appeared, including the playoffs ... Including the playoffs, has eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark six times with one coming in 2005.
  • Led the team with seven receptions and 99 receiving yards in the Patriots' 30-20 victory over the Raiders on opening night ... Collected three receptions for 57 yards during the Patriots' first touchdown drive of the evening
  • Kickstarted the drive with a 29-yard reception along the sideline
  • Gave the Patriots a 10-7 lead with a 18-yard touchdown grab with 2:05 remaining in the first quarter. at Carolina (9/18): Led the team with eight receptions for 60 yards
  • Extended the Patriots' second scoring drive with a 5-yard catch on third-and-three in the third quarter. at Pittsburgh (9/25): Snared six receptions for 78 yards in the Patriots' 23-20 victory over the Steelers. San Diego (10/2): Grabbed one reception for six yards. at Atlanta (10/9): Led the team with eight receptions for 107 yards in the Patriots' 31-28 win over the Falcons
  • Extended the Patriots' first touchdown drive of the afternoon with a 51-yard grab down the sideline on a third-and-two play in the first quarter
  • Drew a critical pass interference penalty on a first-and-20 during the Patriots' game-winning drive
  • Set up Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goal with a 9-yard catch along the sideline on a third-and-four late in the fourth quarter. at Denver (10/16): Tied for the team lead with seven receptions for 87 yards
  • Grabbed an 11-yard pass on third-and-eight in the fourth quarter. Buffalo (10/30): Led the team with 92 receiving yards on three catches in the Patriots' 21-16 victory over the Bills on Sunday Night Football
  • Gave the Patriots a 7-3 advantage with a 33-yard touchdown reception down the left sideline in the third quarter
  • Set up the Patriots' second touchdown with a 37-yard reception in the fourth quarter
  • Set up the game-winning touchdown with a 22-yard reception down to the Patriots' 1-yard line in the fourth quarter. Indianapolis (11/7): Tied for the team lead with five receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown
  • Tied the score at 7-7 by getting open in the corner of the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. at Miami (11/13): Led the team with five receptions and 82 receiving yards in the Patriots' 23-16 road victory over the Dolphins
  • Set up Adam Vinatieri's first field goal of the afternoon with a 13-yard reception with seven seconds remaining in the first half
  • Grabbed a 30-yard reception in the third quarter
  • Set up the Patriots' first touchdown of the afternoon with a 17-yard reception late in the third quarter. New Orleans (11/20): Led the team with five receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 24-17 win over the Saints
  • Extended the Patriots' opening touchdown drive with a 6-yard reception on third-and-three in the first quarter
  • Opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown reception on a play-action pass with 2:30 remaining in the opening stanza. at Kansas City (11/27): Tied for the team lead with five receptions for 49 yards
  • Snared a 5-yard reception on fourth-and-two in the fourth quarter. N.Y. Jets (12/4): Tied for the team lead with five receptions for 44 yards in the Patriots' 16-3 victory over the Jets ... Extended the Patriots' first scoring drive with a 13-yard reception on third-and-six in the second quarter
  • Kept the Patriots' first touchdown drive alive by hauling in a 10-yard pass along the sideline on thirdand- six in the third quarter. at Buffalo (12/11): Led the team with 83 receiving yards on five catches in the Patriots' commanding 35-7 road victory over the Bills
  • Made an acrobatic 22-yard reception over the middle on the Patriots' first scoring drive of the afternoon
  • Grabbed a 28-yard reception over the middle in the third quarter. Tampa Bay (12/17): Grabbed two receptions for 27 yards in the Patriots' 28-0 shutout victory over the Buccaneers
  • Kickstarted the Patriots final touchdown drive with a 19-yard grab early in the fourth quarter. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Played in a reserve role at wide receiver as the Patriots opened the game in a three tight end formation
  • Tied for the team lead with four receptions and led the team with 69 receiving yards in the Patriots' 31-21 victory over the Jets
  • Extended the Patriots' final touchdown drive with a 22-yard reception in the third quarter
  • Converted another third down on the drive by hauling in 5-yard pass on third-and-three
  • Converted a third-and-12 with a nifty 22-yard catch-and-run during the Patriots' final scoring drive in the fourth quarter. Miami (1/1): Grabbed two receptions for 19 yards and a touchdown
  • Gave the Patriots a 7-0 lead with an acrobatic, leaping 11-yard touchdown catch in the back of the end zone with 58 seconds remaining in the first quarter.Snared two receptions for 36 yards in the Patriots' 28-3 AFC Wild Card victory over the Jaguars
  • Snared a 20-yard reception on third-and-13 in the first quarter. at Denver (1/14): Led the team with eight receptions and a Patriots' playoff record 153 receiving yards
  • Kept the Patriots' second drive alive with a 10-yard catch on third-and-five in the third quarter
  • Got open over the middle and hauled in a 73-yard reception in the fourth quarter.



2004 (9/9, 3/3)

  • Started nine regular-season games and all three playoff contests ...Tallied a career-high four touchdown receptions
  • Finished third on the team with 35 receptions and 454 receiving yards
  • Led all NFL receivers in the playoffs with 16 receptions for 264 yards
  • Exceeded the 100-yard receiving mark against the Chiefs (11/22)
  • Named NFL Offensive Player of Championship Sunday following the AFC Championship victory (1/23/05)
  • Named Super Bowl MVP after tying a Super Bowl record with 11 receptions (2/6/05).  Indianapolis (9/9):  Started at wide receiver and tied for the team lead with seven receptions and 86 receiving yards in the Patriots' 27-24 victory over the Colts ... Hauled in a 21-yard reception from Brady in the first quarter ... Snared the Patriots' first touchdown of the season on a 16-yard pass play from Tom Brady in the second quarter.   at Arizona (9/19):  Started at wide receiver and made one reception for seven yards in just one half of action
  • Extended the Patriots' first touchdown drive with a 7-yard grab on third-and-seven in the first quarter ... Pounced on a Patrick Pass fumble in the first quarter which allowed the Patriots to maintain possession and score the opening touchdown of the game two plays later.  at Buffalo (10/3):  Inactive.  Miami (10/10):  Inactive.  Seattle (10/17):  Inactive.  N.Y. Jets (10/24):  Inactive.  at Pittsburgh (10/31):  Inactive.  at St. Louis (11/7):  Inactive.  Buffalo (11/14):  Inactive.  at Kansas City (11/22):  Returned to action and led the team with six receptions and 106 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 27-19 Monday Night victory over the Chiefs ... Extended the Patriots' initial scoring drive with a diving 17-yard catch on third-and-15 in the first quarter
  • Snared a 26-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady on a nice catch-and-run to give the Patriots a 24-13 lead with 4:54 remaining in the third quarter
  • Grabbed a 22-yard reception on third-and-10 in the fourth quarter.  Baltimore (11/28):  Led the team with 51 receiving yards on four catches in the Patriots' 24-3 victory over the Ravens
  • Extended the Patriots' first touchdown drive of the afternoon with a 15-yard catch on third-and-six in the third quarter.  at Cleveland (12/5):  Caught one pass for 13 yards in the Patriots' 42-15 victory over the Browns
  • Extended the Patriots' second touchdown drive by snaring a 13-yard reception on third-and-nine in the second quarter.  Cincinnati (12/12):  Hauled in three receptions for 44 yards in the Patriots' AFC East clinching 35-28 victory over the Bengals
  • Grabbed a 23-yard reception from Tom Brady on the Patriots' first play from scrimmage.  at Miami (12/20):  Caught three passes for a team-leading 44 receiving yards ... Grabbed a 23-yard reception from Tom Brady in the third quarter
  • Extended the Patriots' final touchdown drive with an 11-yard grab on third-and-three in the fourth quarter.  at N.Y. Jets (12/26):  Lead the team with seven receptions and 82 receiving yards with a touchdown in the Patriots' 23-7 victory over the Jets ... Extended the Patriots' first touchdown drive of the afternoon with an 11-yard grab on third-and-seven in the second quarter
  • Hauled in a 10-yard reception on third-and-nine in the third quarter
  • Got open in the corner of the end zone and snared a 6-yard touchdown toss from Tom Brady to give the Patriots a 23-0 lead in the fourth quarter.  San Francisco (1/2):  Collected three receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 21-7 victory over the 49ers
  • Gave the Patriots a 14-7 lead with an 8-yard touchdown grab from Tom Brady in the third quarter. Indianapolis (1/16):  Recorded  1 catch for 15 yards and carried the ball once for 4 yards.  Pittsburgh (1/23): Named NFL Offensive Player of Championship Sunday after recording a team-high 116 receiving yards on four receptions and a touchdown in the Patriots' 41-27 AFC Championship victory over the Steelers
  • Carried the ball twice for 37 yards and a touchdown ... Scampered for a 14-yard gain on a reverse on the Patriots first play from scrimmage
  • Got open down the middle of the field and hauled in a 60- yard touchdown bomb from Tom Brady to give the Patriots a 10-0 lead with 6:49 remaining in the first quarter
  • Set up the Patriots second touchdown of the evening with a 45-yard reception down the middle of the field in the second quarter
  • Sealed the trip to the Super Bowl with a 23-yard touchdown run off of a reverse in the fourth quarter. Philadelphia (2/6): Named Super Bowl MVP after tying a Super Bowl record with 11 receptions in the Patriots' 24-21 victory over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX
  • Registered a game-high 133 receiving yards
  • Extended the Patriots' first scoring drive with a 7-yard grab on third-and-three late in the second quarter
  • Extended the Patriots' second touchdown drive with a pair of third-down receptions in the third quarter
  • Snared a 27-yard catch on third-and-six and then a 15- yard grab on third-and-10 during the drive
  • Grabbed four receptions for 71 yards during the Patriots' scoring drive to open the third quarter.



2003 (15/12, 3/3)

  • Started 12 of 15 games at wide receiver … Led the team with 57 receptions and 803 receiving yards
  • Gained first-down yardage on 40 of his 57 catches … Recorded 24 third-down catches that gained first downs. Philadelphia (9/14): Caught six passes for a game-high 89 yards
  • Hauled in his first touchdown grab of the season on a 26-yard play-action pass from Tom Brady
  • Made a clutch 15-yard catch on third-and-11 to extend the Patriots first scoring drive that resulted in an Adam Vinatieri 27-yard field goal. Tennessee (10/5): Registered team highs in receptions (5) and receiving yards (68)
  • Set up the Patriots’ second score with an 18-yard reception to the 1-yard line
  • Hauled in a key 17-yard reception over the middle on third-and-10 in the third quarter continuing a drive which eventually led to Michael Cloud’s one-yard touchdown splash
  • Made a critical third-down catch on third-and-18 in the fourth quarter, catching a quick out and beating the defender for a 23-yard gain down the left sideline. Miami (10/19): Tied for the team lead with six catches
  • Hauled in two third-down catches during the Patriots first touchdown drive of the afternoon … Got open over the middle just as Tom Brady eluded the Dolphins’ pass rush and caught a key 11-yard reception on third-and-six that extended the Patriots drive that ended with touchdown that tied the score at 13. Denver (11/3): Registered a game- and regular season-high 107 yards receiving on three catches … Got open behind the Broncos secondary and hauled in a career-long 66-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady to even the score at seven
  • Made a nice grab off a deflected pass for a 30-yard reception. Dallas (11/16): Got open over the middle and hauled in a key third-down reception to extend the Patriots’ initial scoring drive in the first quarter on a catch-and-go pass play went for 46 yards
  • Hauled in another third down reception with a 23-yard catch on third-and-10 in the second quarter. Houston (11/23): Caught five passes for 52 yards
  • Hauled in a 13-yard reception to help set up Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning 28-yard field goal in overtime. Indianapolis (11/30): Snared in a team-high six receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown
  • Hauled in the game-winning touchdown with a 13-yard grab on third-and-seven with 8:41 remaining in the fourth quarter. Miami (12/7): Led the team with 93 receiving yards on six catches
  • Grabbed a 16-yard reception on third-and-six in the first quarter … Snagged a 13-yard catch on a third-and-12
  • Snared yet another third-down reception with an 18-yard catch on a third-and-seven. Buffalo (12/27): Grabbed six receptions for 58 yards
  • Caught a 30-yard reception from Tom Brady in the third quarter. Indianapolis (1/18): Caught two passes for 23 yards in the Patriots’ 24-14 AFC Championship victory over the Colts
  • Hauled in two third-down receptions to extend the Patriots first scoring drive of the afternoon that concluded with a David Givens seven-yard touchdown reception. Carolina (2/1): Tallied a game-high 10 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 32-29 Super Bowl XXXVIII victory over the Panthers … Hauled in the Patriots’ first touchdown with a 5-yard reception from Tom Brady with 3:05 remaining in the second quarter
  • Helped set up the Patriots’ second touchdown by getting behind the defense and hauling in a 52-yard reception
  • Kick-started the Patriots’ third scoring drive of the afternoon with 16-yard catch in the third quarter
  • Set up Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning field goal with a 17-yard reception on third-and-three with just nine seconds remaining in the contest.



2002 (13/7)

  • Finished his first NFL season ranked second among all AFC rookies with 43 receptions and tied for third with 489 receiving yards despite missing the final three games due to a leg injury
  • Set a Patriots single-game rookie record by hauling in 13 passes at San Diego (9/29) and tied the second highest total by a rookie in NFL single-game history
  • Led all rookies and ranked sixth in the AFC with an average kickoff return yardage of 24.0
  • Had 12 receptions on third down, good for 153 yards and two touchdowns ... Returned five kickoffs for 31 yards or more, including a long of 63 yards at Detroit (11/28). Pittsburgh (9/9): Snared six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown to lead the team in receiving in his NFL debut as the Patriots defeated the Steelers, 30-14
  • Hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the third quarter for the first touchdown of his professional career
  • Threw a solid block on safety Lee Flowers to pave the way for Donald Hayes' 40-yard touchdown in the third quarter. N.Y. Jets (9/15): Hauled in a 49-yard touchdown pass from Brady in the Patriots 44-7 win over New York
  • Tied for second on the team with 65 receiving yards. Kansas City (9/22): Started his first professional game at wide receiver and caught six passes for 33 yards as the Patriots upended the Chiefs, 41-38 in overtime
  • Set career highs with seven kickoff returns and 201 return yards
  • His 201 kickoff return yards are the third most in Patriots history, behind Kevin Faulk's 220 vs. N.Y. Jets (12/22/02) and Allen Carter's 206 yards at Baltimore (12/21/75)
  • His seven kickoff returns rank second to Willie Porter's eight returns in a game against the N.Y. Jets (9/22/68). San Diego (9/29): Set a Patriots rookie record by hauling in 13 passes and recorded his first career 100-yard receiving day, amassing 128 yards receiving
  • His 13 receptions tied for second place on the NFL's single-game rookie receptions list and also tied Terry Glenn (10/3/99 vs. Cleveland) for second place on the Patriots single-game receptions list
  • His 128 yards were the most by a Patriots rookie since Hart Lee Dykes had 130 yards at Pittsburgh (12/17/89). Green Bay (10/13): Tied for the team lead with five receptions for 38 yards. Denver (10/27): Kick-started a Patriots touchdown drive with a 40-yard punt return to Denver's 35-yard line late in the third quarter. Chicago (11/10): Equaled his career-high with seven kickoff returns, totaling 156 yards, in the Patriots 33-30 win over Chicago. Detroit (11/28): Returned a kickoff 63 yards in the first quarter of the Patriots 20-12 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving ... Returned a total of five kickoffs for 141 yards. Buffalo (12/8): Snared a 41-yard bomb from Tom Brady on the first play from scrimmage in the Patriots 27-17 win over the Bills.



COLLEGE

  • Branch hauled in 143 passes for 2,204 yards (15.4 avg) and 18 touchdowns while at Louisville (2000-01)
  • His 143 catches rank sixth on the school’s career-record list while his 2,204 yards are topped only by Miguel Montano (2,305, 1994-97), Ibn Green (2,830, 1996-99) and Arnold Jackson (3,670, 1997-2000) in Louisville annals
  •  Only Anthony Cummings (25, 1987-90), Green (33) and Jackson (31) have more touchdown catches in a career for the Cardinals
  • Became only the second player in school history to record multiple 1,000 yard receiving seasons, joining Jackson (1,209 in 1999 and 1,165 in 1998) … Earned team MVP honors following the 2000 season
  • Began his collegiate career at Jones County Junior College. 2001 (Senior): Elected one of the Cardinals four captains for the 2001 season
  • All-Conference USA first-team selection … Led the team with 72 receptions for 1,188 yards (16.5 avg.) and nine touchdowns
  • Only Arnold Jackson (90 in 1998 and 101 in 1999) had more receptions in a season for the Cardinals
  • His 1,188 yards rank second only to Jackson’s 1,209 in 1999 on the school’s season-record list … Led Conference USA with 1,188 receiving yards and ranked second with 72 receptions Recorded seven 100-yard receiving games during the season
  • Returned 10 punts for 112 yards (11.2 avg.), including a 61 yard return for a touchdown … Added 24 yards on six carries (4.0 avg.) … Opened his senior campaign with five catches for 109 yards and a pair of scores and help lead the Cardinal to a 45-24 win over New Mexico State
  • Gained 82 yards on six catches and rushed for 16 yards on four carries in a 36-10 victory over Kentucky
  • Returned a punt 61-yards for a touchdown and also snared eight passes for 93 yards against Western Carolina
  • Hauled in nine passes for 174 yards against Illinois … Followed with five catches for 134 yards and two scores against Memphis
  • Gained 116 yards on nine receptions against Tulane
  • Added another nine receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns in 34-10 victory over Houston
  • Recorded a season-high with 10 catches for 161 yards and a pair of scores in 39-34 victory over East Carolina … Caught seven passes for 133 yards and a 78-yard touchdown reception against Texas Christian … Closed out his career with six receptions for 88 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown in their 28-10 victory over BYU in the Liberty Bowl.
  • Junior College: Earned second-team All-America honors at Jones County (Ellisville, Miss.) College following the 1998 season … Caught 69 passes for 1,012 yards (14.7 avg.) and nine scores and helped JCC to a 12-0 mark and a victory in the Golden Isles Bowl ... Returned 15 punts for 12.8 yard average and 17 kickoffs for 19.6 yard average … Grabbed 37 passes for 639 yards (17.7 avg.) and five touchdowns as a freshman ... Returned 14 kickoffs for a 23.6 yard average in 1997.


PERSONAL

  • Born Anthony Branch on July 18, 1979.
  • Lettered in football and track at Monroe (Albany, Ga.) High.
  • Participated in indoor track at Louisville in 2001.
  • Competed in the 60 meter dash (7.1).
  • Majored in communications.
  • Married to Shola with twin boys, Deiondre and Deiontey and daughter, D'Ahni.

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