FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Aaron Hernandez made a beeline postgame across the New England Patriots' locker room toward where not just Tom Brady was straightening his shirt, but where a bottle of cologne sat on a shelf.
Hernandez snagged it, sprayed it on his hands and then rubbed it on his head. Brady noticed Hernandez's primping and decided to take a fragrant shot himself.
And with that, the Pats' quarterback and once-again chief threat at tight end were in concert, at least aromatically. They better move symbiotically for the rest of these playoffs because now comes the test for Bill Belichick's machine, one that worships by the simple "next man, up" ethos – be it from competition, roster move or, in this case, ill-timed injury.
New England produced one painful victory Sunday, a 41-28 cruise over the Houston Texans to set up a home AFC championship game rematch next Sunday.
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