In response to zbellino's comment:
Can Vereen be the difference maker?
He is certainly making headlines. Not many running backs in the NFL can run wheel routes and fly routes like a WR. He certainly lit the Texans up tonight.
Here are some headlines about the win, and how he stole space even from Brady's perfect night:
Shane Vereen led the Patriots past the Texans to set up an AFC title clash with the Ravens." Boston.com
Brady, Vereen propel Patriots -- ESPN
Third Stringer Shane Vereen stars for Patrios -- Yahoosports.com
Unlikely Contributors Aid New England as it Advances to AFC Championship Game -- Foxsports
Shane Vereen Takes Chance and Runs with It. -- Boston.com\
Sure there are more out there. 124 AP yards and three TDS, two receiving from three wide/spread was just impressive.
The question, is he the play maker in the absence of Gronk, or is this a one off?
Z, let's hope it's the start of a trend, and not just a one-off, because if Woody's injury is significant, Shane will be getting a lot more snaps. He has always had ability and speed, but now he has health and confidence (it would seem) added to the mix. What I really love about him is that, like Hern, he has open field YAC ability, something none of the other Pats (with Gronk down) have.