Wide receiver Troy Brown finally got some recognition, earning the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month award for December/January.
Over the last four games Brown returned two punts for touchdowns, getting a 68-yarder in the finale against Carolina and an 85-yarder against Cleveland. In the same stretch he returned a total of 12 punts for 245 yards, an average of 20.4 yards.
The two punt returns for touchdowns ties a team record held by Irving Fryar, who did it in 1985, and Mike Haynes, who did it in 1976. Brown also has three career returns for a touchdown, which ties the mark set by Fryar.
For the season Brown led the NFL with his 14.2-yard punt return average. He is the first Patriot to lead the league in the category since Fryar did so with his 14.1-yard average in 1985. Brown's average is also the second highest in team history, trailing only the 14.8 average of Mack Herron in 1974.
McGinest gets another sack
The Patriots announced a statistical change from the win over Carolina that gave **Willie McGinest** two sacks in the game.
Carolina attempted a halfback option pass in the final minute of the third quarter with Richard Huntley, but the play was broken up when McGinest tackled Huntley and forced a fumble for a loss of 5 yards.
The correction gave McGinest six sacks on the season, tying him with Anthony Pleasant for second on the team. It also became the third multi-sack game of the year for McGinest, who had a pair against both Denver and Atlanta. With the sack, McGinest has moved past Chris Slade into fifth on the Patriots all-time sack list with 51.5. Ray Hamilton is fourth with 54 career sacks