"Welcome back, Mike McKenzie"

With the Patriots seemingly poised to stretch a 7-3 lead into a 14-3 bulge after a long punt return by Wes Welker gave New England possession in Saints territory, veteran cornerback Mike McKenzie got his hands on a pass from Tom Brady.

McKenzie re-signed with the Saints last week, in the midst of a rash of injuries.

And just as I was thinking the phrase, “Welcome back, Mike McKenzie,” ESPN’s Mike Tirico uttered those exact words.

The play ended, by the way, with Tom Brady moving toward McKenzie, before apparently realizing that the skirt-and-high-heels protections available to quarterbacks disappear after possession changes.  So with linebacker Scott Fujita bearing down on him, Brady opted to hit the deck.

We’re not saying the Brady was being soft.  Still, it’s a good thing that Hines Ward doesn’t play for the Patriots.