Mulligan plays his part in Pats' record rushing day

8:29 PM, Jan 12, 2014   |    comments
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FOXBORO, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) - Matthew Mulligan has only one catch in his first season with the Patriots, but he and his fellow blockers shared the spotlight in a playoff record-setting performance.

The AFC divisional playoff win over the Colts on Saturday saw multiple franchise postseason records broken, including most rushing yards and most rushing touchdowns.  

The Penobscot Valley, Husson, and UMaine alum was happy with the result, but quick to deflect the praise.  

"Man, we've got some tremendous running backs.  It makes it really easy for us as blockers when you've got guys in the backfield that can basically do anything they want with the football," Mulligan said. 

Pleased with the result, Mulligan knows it's something he and the Patriots can't enjoy for too long.  

"It's a tremendous team effort, you know, we're going to soak it in a little bit, but then move on to whoever we play next," he said.  

It's a result that few can appreciate like him considering his rocky season when it came to being on an NFL roster.  

The 28-year old was cut by the Packers only five months after signing with Green Bay in the offseason.  Three days later on September 3rd, he signed with New England only to be released two days later.  A week after originally signing with the Patriots, Mulligan re-signed on September 10th.  

"I mean part of your job is professional.  You never know year-to-year what might happen.  You know, I'm just thankful to be here.  You know it's a great organization.  You know we're doing really well, but you know, we're not finished yet.  We want to get to the big dance, but we also have one more game we have to play really well next week and see who we play," said Mulligan.  

The Patriots will play either the Denver Broncos or San Diego Chargers in the the AFC championship game.  

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