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Patriots players of the week: Week 12

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Posted Nov. 28, 2011 @ 12:19 p.m. ET
By Kevin Fishbain

The Patriots' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week from their 38-20 Week 12 win over the Eagles.

Offense: QB Tom Brady

It took a couple drives to get going, but Brady was precise as usual in dissecting the Eagles' secondary. Brady completed 24-of-34 passes for 361 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. The big play came in the second quarter when Brady avoided a sack, pointed to WR Deion Branch to head downfield and hit the veteran receiver for a 63-yard gain. Wes Welker and Branch get honorable mentions for big games. Welker had 8-115-2 receiving and Branch had six catches for 125 yards.

Defense: OLB Rob Ninkovich

Ninkovich started with his hand on the ground at defensive end and was disruptive throughout the game, recording a sack and two tackles for loss in the win. CBs Antwaun Molden and Kyle Arrington also played well. Molden had an interception while covering DeSean Jackson and Arrington led the team with 10 tackles and two passes defensed.

Special teams: P Zoltan Mesko

The Patriots were determined not to let DeSean Jackson beat them, especially in the return game. Of Mesko's three punts, two landed inside the 20-yard line. He had a long of 55 yards and a net average of 48.3 yards. What was most impressive, though, was that none of his punts were returned by Philly.

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