Quick Hits: Tippett, Moss, Warren & More

New England Patriots news and notes from this week including: Andre Tippett's nomination as a Hall of fame finalist, Randy Moss' continued production, Concerns over defense and more.


--WR Randy Moss is once again on the verge of his first trip to the Super Bowl, seven years after his Vikings fell in the NFC title game against the Giants. Moss' 15-1 Vikings also came up short of the big game during his rookie season when the hosts lost the NFC title to the Falcons after the 1998 season. Despite just one catch for 14 yards in Sunday's win over the Jaguars, Moss maintains impressive postseason statistics for his career. In nine postseason games he has caught 36 passes for 737 yards (20.5 avg.) with nine touchdowns.

--WR Wes Welker's first career postseason game was a productive one as he finished the win over Jacksonville with a game-high nine receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. He'll get a chance to continue his impressive first season in New England against his original NFL team, the Chargers, this Sunday in Foxborough. Few remember that Welker signed with San Diego as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech in 2004 before getting cut by the Chargers after just one game and signing with the Dolphins.

--WR Donte' Stallworth's three catches for 68 yards against Jacksonville, including a 53 yarder that he admits he should have turned into a 79-yard score, came on the heels of a tough second half of the season. The first-year Patriot caught just six passes in the final four regular season games and hasn't found the end zone since Oct. 21 in Miami.

--LB Junior Seau had one of his best games of the year against Jacksonville, his seventh career postseason game and first with the Patriots. The 18-year veteran and former Chargers All-Pro recorded a team-high 10 tackles in the win over the Jags.

--DE Ty Warren had one of the key plays for New England in the divisional round win over Jacksonville, a first quarter strip sack of David Garrard that was recovered by Mike Vrabel to set up New England's second touchdown of the day. The play was Warren's first career postseason sack and forced fumble in 12 playoff games.

-- Former Patriots LB Andre Tippett was among the finalists under consideration for inclusion into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. Tippet, a five-time pro bowl all-star, holds the NFL's record for the most sacks (35) over a two year period (1984-85) by any linebacker. Tippet managed 100 sacks in his 151 game career. Tippet spent his entire pro career with the Patriots, playing in New England for 11 seasons.

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