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Deion Branch on M&M: No disrespect meant to Fireman Ed

11.14.11 at 11:40 am ET
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Deion Branch

Patriots receiver Deion Branch, who caught a touchdown pass in Sunday night’s 37-16 victory over the Jets, made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Monday morning.

Branch said the team was aware that people were doubting the Patriots before Sunday’s game, with New England coming off two straight losses.

“We hear the rumors,” he said. “You hear what people talk about you, this and that. I’ve been playing for a long time; it’s more useful for the younger guys to understand that that comes with the job. You’ve just got to focus on the task, what’s in front of you. The Jets were the next opponent.

“I also said after the game last night that we beat these guys, now probably people will be saying we’re back on top. It was just one game. We went out and played a good game. We made more plays than they did. Now it’s time to focus on Kansas City. Like coach [Bill] Belichick always says, ‘Don’t believe the hype.’ Because it’s going to be there. But it’s all about what we’re doing at that time and moment.”

Branch said despite the team’s recent struggles, the players were not uptight during last week’s preparation for the AFC East showdown.

“I think given the situation we were in — we lost two games in a row — you’d think guys would be real tight, coach would be tight. Everybody was relaxed,” Branch said. “I think we had a lot of fun. But at the same time, when we took the field, it was all about business and taking in our game plan and trying to prepare for this game, and knowing that there was going to be a lot of different things that would happen during the course of this game. We just had to stay focused. And I think we did that.”

For his touchdown celebration, Branch did an imitation of Jets supporter Fireman Ed.

“I was just caught up in the moment, the atmosphere of the game,” Branch said. “Last night was just all about football. The atmosphere was the best. Great time, Sunday Night Football, the weather was good, and we were in New York. The stage was set. Everything was just great. It was perfect.

“The mocking thing, I was just having fun. Just having fun, enjoying the game. That’s what it’s all about. I think we got back to doing that last night. Overall, it wasn’t any disrespect to him. I was just having fun. That’s that guy’s thing. That’s what he does. Like I said, I was just out there having fun.”

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