FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that QB Tom Brady has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week by the National Football League for his performance in the Patriots' 45-24 victory over Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. It is the 16th time in Brady's career that he has received the AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor.
Brady finished 21-of-27 for 341 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a perfect passer rating of 158.3. It is the second time in his career that he has finished a game with the highest possible passer rating. He also had a perfect rating on Oct. 21, 2007 at Miami. He is the third player in NFL history to have more than one game with a perfect rating (minimum of 20 attempts), joining Peyton Manning (3) and Kurt Warner (3).
Brady threw two touchdown passes to both Wes Welker and Deion Branch, including a season-long 79-yard touchdown pass to Branch in the third quarter. Brady increased his 2010 touchdown total to 23, a mark that is tied with Eli Manning and Drew Brees for first in the NFL.
Brady is the second New England player to be honored with a Player of the Week Award in 2010. S James Sanders was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week following the Patriots 39-26 victory over Pittsburgh in Week 10.