Martellus Bennett has been to the playoffs once before, in 2009 as a member of the Cowboys, but on several different occasions this year he's made mention that what he's gone through this season as a member of the Patriots is all brand new to him.
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After beating the Dolphins in Sunday's season-finale, giving the Patriots a record of 14-2, Bennett found another new and colorful way to describe what it's like to be part of a winner.
"It's cool, I'm kind of getting used to winning now," Bennett said after the 35-14 victory. "At first it's like, 'Yeah!' It's like the first time having sex. Then the second time, then the third time, it's like, 'Oh yeah, it's pretty cool. I'm getting better at it.' But, you know, it's just really fun. I've just enjoyed playing with these guys and giving everything I've got every single game."
Bennett played 52 snaps in Miami, catching three passes on four targets for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Perhaps what's most encouraging about Bennett's performance was that the ankle that has bothered him since Week 5 appears to be holding up well. He made a 20-yard catch-and-run along the Patriots sidelines in the second quarter that showed off his ability to accelerate with the football in his hands. With Rob Gronkowski out for the season, Bennett figures to remain a key part of the Patriots offense in the postseason.