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The Patriots' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the game in their Week 14 win over the Bears.
Offense: QB Tom Brady
WRs Wes Welker and Deion Branch both had big days in the snow, but it was Brady who was getting them the rock. Brady completed 27-of-40 passes for a season-high 369 yards and two touchdowns — in windy, cold and snowy conditions. He now has gone 268 pass attempts without throwing a pick. His passer rating was 113.4, likely to keep him atop the NFL in that category. During the five-game win streak, Brady has thrown 15 touchdown passes and zero picks.
Defense: CB Devin McCourty
The rookie had just three tackles and left the game with a rib injury, but all of his big plays came on third down. On a 3rd-and-1 on the Bears' first drive, McCourty stopped RB Matt Forté for a loss. The Bears faced 3rd-and-4 at the end of the quarter on their next drive, McCourty knocked down a pass heading toward Earl Bennett. On the next Bears drive, McCourty stripped WR Johnny Knox. ILB Gary Guyton took the fumble back 35 yards for six points. Guyton added an interception and gets honorable mention.
Special Teams: PK Shayne Graham
With the biggest story before the game being the windy conditions, not much was expected out of the kickers. No problem for Graham, who hit all three field goals he attempted from 30, 25 and 29 yards. Graham is a perfect 8-for-8 in field goals since joining the Patriots in Week 10.