INDIANAPOLIS -- Asante Samuel tied a career NFL playoff
record with his third interception return for a touchdown Sunday in
the Patriots' AFC Championship Game against the Colts.
Samuel, in his fourth season, matched the mark held by Willie
Brown, who spent 16 seasons in the NFL -- four with Denver and the
last 12 with Oakland. During the regular season, Samuel tied Champ Bailey of Denver for the NFL lead with 10 interceptions.
Samuel scored on a 39-yard interception return against Peyton Manning as New England took a 21-3 lead over Indianapolis with 9:25
left in the first half. He also scored on a 36-yard return for the
final touchdown in a 37-16 win over the New York Jets in the
The cornerback's first playoff touchdown came on a 73-yard
return in last season's 28-3 win over Jacksonville.