Shane Vereen probably wasn't known to many people who tuned in nationwide for the AFC divisional playoff game between New England and Houston on Sunday.
But the little-used Valencia High grad made his presence known early and often after Patriots running back Danny Woodhead left with a thumb injury on the first possession and never returned. Late in the first quarter, Vereen took a short pass from quarterback Tom Brady 25 yards to help set up his own one-yard touchdown run a play later.
Vereen went on to score on an eight-yard pass in the second quarter and a diving reception in the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown in fourth quarter to help the Patriots rout the Texans, 41-28, and advance to the AFC championship game for the second straight year.
In doing so, the Patriots' second-round pick in 2011 became only the third player ever to score touchdowns on two receptions and a rush in the NFL postseason, joining former San Francisco 49ers greats Roger Craig and Ricky Watters. He finished the game with 124 all-purpose yards.