JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Half an hour after the Patriots had won their third championship ring, after the fireworks had been set off and the confetti had settled, after he’d been named the most valuable player, Deion Branch still had his gloves on. You never know when Tom Brady might fling another ball his way.
“I don’t think they were looking to throw me the ball that many times,” said the human Venus flytrap, after he’d caught 11 passes for 133 yards to tie the Super Bowl record. But once a wide-open Branch caught one across the middle for 16 yards on New England’s first play, he was Brady’s favorite target all evening long. “Every time you turned around,” said offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, “Deion was catching the ball.”