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Patriots players of the week

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By Kevin Fishbain

The Patriots' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week from their Week 16 win over the Bills.

Offense: QB Tom Brady

He didn't have a gaudy game stats-wise, but Brady gets the nod for tossing three touchdown passes and breaking an NFL record. He now stands alone as having the longest streak of consecutive pass attempts without throwing an interception, breaking Bernie Kosar's record of 308. Brady's streak sits at 319. All three of his TD passes went to tight ends. Honorable mention goes to the running duo of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead, who combined to run for 197 yards on 32 carries (6.2 average).

Defense: ILB Jerod Mayo

The opportunistic defense was all over the place on Sunday, forcing seven Bills turnovers. Mayo was one of the many defensive stars. He forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, had two passes defensed, a quarterback hit and five tackles. The league's tackling leader did not rack up the tackles like usual, but he was around the ball often. His crushing hit on WR Stevie Johnson stopped the Bills on fourth down in the first quarter.

Special Teams: Kick coverage

The Patriots have had some issues covering kicks this season and gave up a kickoff-return TD to C.J. Spiller when they played the Bills in Week Three. But on Sunday, they held the Bills to just a 16.4 yard average on kickoff returns and Spiller's long was just 22 yards.

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