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By Kevin Fishbain

The Patriots' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week from their Week 15 win over the Packers.

Offense: TE Aaron Hernandez

No one on offense was great for New England, a shock considering how dynamic it had been in the five previous games. Tom Brady continued his impressive streak of not throwing an interception — 292 passes and counting — but he wasn't nearly as productive as he has been with his lowest output of passing yards since Week Seven. Hernandez caught Brady's two touchdown passes, therefore he gets offensive honors. He was 4-31-2 receiving and took a reverse for 16 yards on the ground.

Defense: CB Kyle Arrington

Honorable mention goes to CB Devin McCourty, who had 10 tackles and a sack, as well as LBs Tully Banta-Cain and Dane Fletcher who made big plays late. NT Vince Wilfork and ILB Jerod Mayo were steady as usual. But Arrington's pick-six was extremely clutch and garners him defensive honors. He added another pass defensed on the day along with four tackles. It was the Patriots' fourth pick-six of the season.

Special Teams: OG Dan Connolly

How can you not recognize Connolly's rumbling and tumbling 71-yard kickoff return, the longest ever for an offensive lineman. As entertaining as it was, it was also very timely for the Patriots who were struggling on offense and down 10 points at the time. Connolly's return will be played on highlight reels for years and it set up a touchdown for New England late in the first half. An honorable special-teams mention goes to WR Matthew Slater, who has been great on coverage all season long and who added two tackles on Sunday night.

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