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McCourty’s big return earns him AFC special teams honors

Devin McCourty AP

Five of Devin McCourty’s kickoff returns last week covered 95 yards, a rather unspectacular 19.0-yard average.

But man, that other one.

McCourty’s 104-yard touchdown earned the Patriots return man AFC special teams player of the week honors.

It was the Patriots’ sixth kickoff return for a touchdown of over 100 yards, and is the second-longest in franchise history behind Ellis Hobbs’ 108-yarder, also against the Jets, in 2007.

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13 Responses to “McCourty’s big return earns him AFC special teams honors”
  1. gochargersgo says: Oct 24, 2012 11:06 AM

    How about that miserable fumble at the end? That nearly (and should have) cost them the game?! Not a factor I guess….

  2. patsfanvt says: Oct 24, 2012 11:07 AM

    How did he win? He also fumbled with 2 minutes left and a tie game, something that loses the game for a team immediately a large majority of the time. That hurt a lot more than the kickoff return TD helped.

  3. jtchernak says: Oct 24, 2012 11:16 AM

    As a patriots fan mccourty is one of the players that actually is playing well but when he makes a mistake it is an awful possible game changing play good player overshadowed by bad mistakes

  4. patsfiend says: Oct 24, 2012 11:17 AM

    Sorry, fumbling the kickoff at the end of the game with 2 minutes to go negates this return.

  5. dwinsgames says: Oct 24, 2012 11:21 AM

    Does a return for a TD automatically get you this award? Because I would have thought his fumble at the end which very nearly lost the Pats the game might have stopped him from winning it. If they had lost, would he still get the award? Just saying….

  6. pftwstbshmc says: Oct 24, 2012 11:23 AM

    Can we Patriots fans give him the biggest screw up of the week honor? He let them back in the game with his fumble and lack of coverage in the secondary. One great play does not make up for all the other screw ups he did in the game.

  7. kacapaco says: Oct 24, 2012 11:23 AM

    How on earth a players who coughed up the football in the 4th q to give lead at worst time possible got a ‘player of the wk’ is puzzling. He sucked!

  8. nepo784 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:58 AM

    He must have photos on somebody because the 4th qtr fumble must have been completely looked over… Such a joke, much like NE defense

  9. nyjalleffingday says: Oct 24, 2012 12:14 PM

    From a Jets fans perspective, he earned it. McCourty is a pretty bad kick returner and to take it to the house on Mike Westhoffs special teams is a pretty solid feat for anybody. That return was pretty clutch and really sucked the life out of the Jets for a bit.

  10. CKL says: Oct 24, 2012 12:53 PM

    McCourty giveth, and McCourty taketh away.
    I think I do prefer him at safety though.

  11. notthathand says: Oct 24, 2012 1:10 PM

    Maybe he’ll stick it in Bill’s face.

  12. jmota222 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:24 PM

    I wonder who he or the patriots had to pay off for that award?? That fumble should have cost them the game!!!!!

  13. patriotenvy says: Oct 24, 2012 1:46 PM

    1st round pick contributing on special teams. Patriot way!

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