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New England Patriots Links 1/13/12 - Pats-Broncos: Just Play the Game Already

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<em>The Brady-Branch chemistry is still potent</em>.
The Brady-Branch chemistry is still potent.

Logan Mankins stands up and answers a few questions for the media Thursday.

How have you been able to test your knee on the field in practice? Has it been limited in any regard that would concern you?

Not yet, I've been limited all week, though. I'm not going to get into too much but like I said, it's day-to-day, we're working on it and we're not sure what's going to happen yet.

A lot of guys have said this is a different team. How are you guys different?

I don't know. I think you've seen our resiliency this year. We've had a few games where we've come out the first quarter and played horrible but guys never gave up. We knew if we kept playing hard that guys would make some plays and get us back in the game and have a chance to win. I think in years past, I don't know if we had that all the time but this year we've been tough and we keep playing.

Deion Branch is asked how big a factor it is that the Patriots played the Broncos a month ago.

I think the only thing that we can take from the game is what happened during the course of the game a month ago. This game is going to play out the way it's going to play out once we kick the ball off Saturday. I think the stuff that we both are studying about each other, that's the only thing we can take from that game. Try to better certain plays and try not to do certain things that we did wrong against them; correct the plays that we messed up on. Other than that, I think the game is going to play out the way it's supposed to on Saturday. It's a different game, a different game. Everything is going to be totally different. The tempo is going to be high; guys are going to be very energized and excited about playing in the playoffs. We're all chasing the same goal, though.