Postgame quotes: In praise of Branch

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A sampling of comments on the return of Deion Branch, who had 9 catches for 98 yards and a touchdown in his return to the Patriots.

* Bill Belichick: “It was good to have him back there. He’s a good football player. He had the chance to make some plays and I think he made them. [He’s] not perfect, but he did a lot of good things for us like he’s always done.”

* Tom Brady: “He did great. You guys asked me earlier this week if there was some chemistry there. I’ve been throwing balls to him for a long time; he made some big time plays, [a] touchdown catch, so we all kept battling and I think that was why we pulled it out.”

* Wes Welker: “He did a great job of just getting open. He’s a great player and he showed it all week in practice and he really came in here and showed up and made some great plays for us. He’s a great addition to our team and we’re lucky to have him.”

* Dan Koppen: “You know what you’re going to get out of Deion [Branch]. He’s just a great guy, a great player, and came up with a few big catches for us again today. You want guys on the team that can do that.”