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Sun, 01/15/2012 - 1:20am  

Branch: Pats nearly mistake-free in win

Patriots receiver Deion Branch, who had a 61-yard touchdown in Saturday night's 45-10 victory over the Broncos, said following the game that the past two weeks of practice paid off as the Pats limited mistakes in a dominant showing. 

"We knew what was at stake. We wanted to go out there and take care of business," Branch said. "Not saying that we didn't want to do it last year … but the biggest thing was going out there an trying to play mistake-free football. We almost did that."

Branch also said the team, which has lost three straight playoff games, was focused on not going one-and-done for a third straight postseason. The Pats were eliminated by the Ravens and Jets in the past two seasons. 

Said Branch: "I think the vibe was in the building all week. … Our playoffs started last week in practice, so we had two weeks of preparation to get prepared to play this one game, and I think we did a pretty good job."

Branch was quick to dismiss the idea that the Pats had an advantage in the game given their experience going deep into the playoffs. 

"Prime example [was] last week. Denver beats Pittsburgh, probably one of the most experienced team in the playoffs," Branch said. "The best team is going to win that day. Whoever plays the best, makes the least mistakes, doesn't turn the ball over and executes in the red area." 

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