The Patriots game was a very fun game to watch for Patriots’ fans. Tom Brady etched his name in the record books and the defense played its best game of the season. The Patriots clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in the winning effort and there are several candidates worthy of player of the game honors.
Tom Brady: At this point, I don’t really care what anyone else has to say on the matter, Tom Brady IS the MVP in the NFL. He made history by reaching 319 consecutive pass attempts without throwing an interception. The Patriots also extended their team streak of 7 consecutive games without a turnover. That, as you might imagine, is also an NFL record. Brady went 15/27 for 140 yards and 3 TDs. Maybe the stats don’t jump off the sheet at you but even an MVP Quarterback knows when to hand the ball off. The defense also gave Brady a very short field on several occasions.
Danny Woodhead: He had 13 rushing attempts for 93 yards for 7.15 yards per carry. He added a rushing TD and 3 receptions for 32 yards. Woodhead was also the recipient of Brady’s record tying pass attempt.
Patrick Chung: Chung had an excellent day on defense for the Patriots complete with 6 tackles, 2 pass deflections and an interception.
Darius Butler: He didn’t record a tackle but he played lights out at the corner position. He was only credited with 2 pass defenses, but he played excellent at the corner position and his services will be needed in the playoffs.
Jerod Mayo: He was truly a force in the middle of the football field during the game. He played the pass much more effectively than he usually does. Many will attribute this to the fact that almost every down was a passing down for the Bills but Mayo will need to play strong on 3rd down and long in the playoffs. If he plays the way he did on Sunday it will be difficult for teams to move the ball agains the usually porous center of the Patriots’ defense.