Not counting the preseason, LeGarrette Blount has played in 56 NFL games, rushing for 2,711 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns. There’s very little the big, bruising back from the University of Oregon hasn’t experienced during his four-year career.
This week will be different. Blount is one of 20 players on the Patriots’ 53-man active roster who never have been in uniform for an NFL playoff game. Fourteen of the 20 are rookies. But to Blount and the other first-timers, taking a dip in the postseason pool is akin to opening a box of Christmas chocolates: You have a pretty clear idea what it will be like and how good it will taste, but until that first bite, there is an element of the unknown. And that’s part of what makes it so exciting.