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Pats take Burress’ remarks in stride

January 27, 2008


— Plaxico Burress has made some amazing catches.

And this amazing statement:

His Giants may have better receivers than the Patriots' very deep group of Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Donte' Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney.

The response from New England? No laughter, no putdowns, no he-said-what?

Just check out what happens on the field.

"The good thing about the National Football League and I think in life, you have opportunities," Patriots safety Rodney Harrison said, "an opportunity to make sure that comes to light. So we'll see."

The wide-receiver advantage belongs to New England as it prepares for the Super Bowl against New York next Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.

Moss set an NFL single-season record with 23 touchdown catches, one more than Jerry Rice. Welker tied for the league lead with 112 receptions. Stallworth made catches that gained at least 30 yards in seven of the Patriots 18 games. And Gaffney scored six touchdowns, including an 8-yarder in the last minute to give New England a 27-24 win at Baltimore and a 12-0 record.

That's pretty tough to keep up with.

Harrison, a 14-year veteran, said the group "is the best I've ever been around."

By comparison, the Giants production falls short.

Burress was outstanding with 70 catches for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns. Amani Toomer was solid, catching 59 passes for 760 yards and three scores. After that, the numbers fall off.

The tight end matchup is more even.

New York's Jeremy Shockey caught 57 passes for 619 yards and three touchdowns but was sidelined for the season after 11 games. New England's Benjamin Watson had 36 catches for 389 yards in the regular season, but six went for touchdowns. He added two scoring catches against Jacksonville in the divisional playoff game.


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