FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that quarterback Tom Brady
has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week by the National Football League for his performance in the Patriots' 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. It is the 19th time in his career that he has received the AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor and the second consecutive week that he has won the award. Brady has now earned the honor in consecutive weeks three times in his career (2007, 2010 and 2011). He is the first player to earn AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks to open a season since the award was instituted in 1984. He joins Panthers kicker John Kasey (Special Teams, 1996) as the only players to garner consecutive Player of the Week laurels in Week 1 and Week 2 of the same year.
Brady followed a 517-yard, four-touchdown game in Week 1 with a 423-yard effort with three touchdowns after completing 31-of-40 passes to help beat San Diego. Brady is one of just seven NFL players with consecutive 400 or more passing games. In addition, Brady became the first of the 11 500-yard passers to follow up his 500-yard performance by throwing for 400 or more yards. Before Brady's performance against San Diego, only Drew Brees (2006) had followed a 500-yard game with 300 or more passing yards.
Brady is now in second place with 19 Player of the Week honors. With his next honor, he will tie Peyton Manning (20) for the all-time lead.