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Patriots players of the week: Super Bowl XLVI

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By Kevin Fishbain

The Patriots' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week from their Super Bowl loss to the Giants.

Offense: Tom Brady

Brady had a Super Bowl-record 16 consecutive completions to end the first half and begin the second half, but it's his seven incompletions in his final nine throws that he will remember most. Brady was surgically attacking the Giants' defense in the middle of the game. He finished completing 27-of-41 passes for 276 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. But Brady missed on a couple of throws in the fourth quarter — and also wasn't helped by a few drops by his teammates. Overall, he was the Patriots' best offensive player in the game, but like the rest of his team, he couldn't do enough to get the win.

Defense: LB Brandon Spikes

The Patriots' defense made a couple of big plays, and also had a couple of gaffes, but no one stood out like Vince Wilfork did in the AFC title game. Spikes did a great job of always being around the ball, tying Jerod Mayo for the team lead with 11 tackles and one forced fumble. Honorable mention goes to Mark Anderson, who finished with 1½ sacks.

Special teams: P Zoltan Mesko

Mesko had three punts with an average of 41.0 yards a punt and dropped one inside the 20-yard line. Giants PR Will Blackmon was forced into two fair catches and had one return of 10 yards.

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