By Danny Picard
FOXBORO -- Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty returned to Patriots practice on Thursday for the first time since suffering a rib injury on Sunday in Chicago.
He was listed as a "limited" participant in practice.
The practice was held outdoors, and saw four players missing the start of the session. Those players were all defensive linemen: Myron Pryor, Gerard Warren, Ron Brace, and Mike Wright.
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There was no postseason clunker for Tom Brady Sunday. In fact, his performance Sunday was one of the best of his NFL record 24 playoff wins.
PATRIOTS 33, STEELERS 9
Brady completed 32 of 42 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers. His passing yard total is a Patriots postseason record.
No. 12’s dominance helped Chris Hogan set a Patriots postseason record with 180 receiving yards on nine catches. Two of his grabs went for touchdowns, including a 39-yard touchdown on a flea-flicker in the second quarter.
The previous Pats' postseason record was held by Deion Branch, who had 153 receiving yards in the Patriots' divisional round loss to the Broncos in the 2005 season.
Hogan’s performance ranks tied for 17th all-time in terms of receiving yards in a postseason game. The record is still safely held by former Bills receiver Eric Moulds, who had 240 receiving yards on Jan. 2, 1999 in a loss to the Dolphins.
Hogan wasn’t the only Pats receiver to finish with gaudy numbers. Julian Edelman had eight catches for 118 yards and a touchdown.
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