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Patriots players of the week: Week Two

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By Kevin Fishbain

Here are the Patriots' players of the week on offense, defense and special teams in their 35-21 Week Two win over the Chargers.

Offense: QB Tom Brady

Something tells me we have a recurring theme. The reigning MVP clearly has not lost a step, following up a record-setting season opener by completing 31-of-40 passes for 423 yards and three touchdowns. On the Patriots' 99-yard drive in the second quarter, Brady completed all six pass attempts for 93 yards and a score. What also made this performance impressive was that the Chargers held Brady to 159 passing yards last season.

Defense: ILB Jerod Mayo

The Patriots pulled off some big plays on defense, taking advantage of a turnover-prone Chargers team. Vince Wilfork and Sergio Brown had interceptions, but Mayo gets the nod here. He led the team with 11 tackles, forced a fumble in the fourth quarter when the Chargers were driving and trailing by just six and made a huge stop in the second quarter, tackling RB Mike Tolbert short of the goal line on 4th-and-1. That play preceded the 99-yard TD drive Brady engineered.

Special teams: PK Stephen Gostkowski

After missing a field-goal attempt in the season opener, Gostkowski converted both FG opportunities on Sunday, a 22-yard field goal and a 47-yarder at the end of the first half. He also had three touchbacks on kickoffs and the Chargers' average starting position was the 23-yard line. LB Tracy White should get a mention for his two special-teams tackles, including stuffing Richard Goddman at the 13-yard line in the fourth quarter.

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