While the Patriots did not exactly play well on Sunday Night Football, they did get the win. Where there is a win someone on the winning team has to be the player of the game, right? Here are the candidates:
Tom Brady: The Patriots did not have the ball on offense very much at all. This is evidenced by the fact that Brady only passed the ball 24 times. He did go 15 for 24 with 164 yards and 2 TDs to 0 INTs. He should also get credit for taking sacks in some situations where throwing the ball away or into coverage was just not an option. When he was in the game he played well.
Aaron Hernandez: Probably the most productive offensive player of the evening, Hernandez had 1 rush for 16 yards and 4 catches for 31 yards and 2 TDs. One of his TDs came with Woodson covering him and on the other he broke a tackle to get the TD. Oh yea, he was also recovering from the flu that kept him out of Friday’s practice. Impressive.
Dan Connolly: He played the entire first half at offensive line and then had an awesome kick return for 71 yards that set up a Tom Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez score. That kick off return will be seen many times before the end of the season in season long highlight packages. The return was also incredibly important in the game. If the Patriots didn’t get that TD before halftime that would have been a very different game.
Devin McCourty: He had just an excellent game last night all around. He gave up one big play where he was out of position. He probably would have made the tackle too, except he was knocked out by Brandon Merriweather. He had a sack, putting him in elite company with Polomalu as the only 2 players in the NFL to be in the top 5 in interceptions to also record a sack. He added 10 total tackles, 2 for loss and another hit on the QB for a solid game.
Vince Wilfork: He took up two bodies the entire evening. He committed his first two penalties of the season (a false start and facemask) but he was disruptive the entire game. He recorded 6 solo tackles and was given no assists by the official scorer but there were plenty of other times that he was in on the play. He even dropped back into pass coverage at one point.
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