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Tom Brady wins record 23rd player of the week award

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning have been pitted against each other on and off the field for much of their careers and Brady earned an edge in one metric on Wednesday.

The NFL named Brady the AFC offensive player of the week for his performance in Monday night’s 42-14 win over the Texans. It’s the 23rd time Brady has won the honor, moving him one ahead of Manning on the list of the most-honored players since the NFL started handing out the award in 1984.

Brady completed 21-of-35 passes against Houston for 296 yards and four touchdowns. He didn’t throw any interceptions, the 36th time in his career that he’s thrown at least three touchdowns without completing any passes to the other team, and he amused himself by scrambling for 10 yards on one third down play. It was also his 45th straight game with a touchdown pass, putting him in position to pass Johnny Unitas for second place behind Drew Brees on that list if he throws a touchdown in each of New England’s remaining regular season games.

All in all, it was a pretty good week for Brady as he also welcomed a new daughter into the world before putting a licking on the Texans.

Manning has three games to pull back into a tie with Brady, although a potential playoff battle makes for a more appealing way to extend the rivalry.

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20 Responses to “Tom Brady wins record 23rd player of the week award”
  1. footballfan58 says: Dec 12, 2012 1:07 PM

    Best of the best – Brady and Manning!! Love them both!

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 12, 2012 1:07 PM

    Zero SBs since Spygate. All I need to know.

  3. fanofevilempire says: Dec 12, 2012 1:09 PM

    does he care, NO.

    stupid jet fan here.( I like the giants too)

  4. patsfiend says: Dec 12, 2012 1:10 PM

    You know what’s great about Brady? He couldn’t care less about this.

  5. unbreakable02215 says: Dec 12, 2012 1:26 PM

    To understand the magnitude of how good this
    guy is, its great to see his name mentioned next to the name Unitas.

  6. Davo says: Dec 12, 2012 1:34 PM

    Like we needed *another* reason to know that Brady is a better QB than Manning.

  7. chrisknowsdbr says: Dec 12, 2012 1:42 PM

    It’s good to see how people recognize the original greats of this game. Most people point to Joe Montana as the best there ever was because of his super bowl rings and completely forget about Johnny U

  8. azarkhan says: Dec 12, 2012 1:52 PM

    I would love to see a Broncos vs Patriots AFC Championship game.

  9. azarkhan says: Dec 12, 2012 1:54 PM

    logicalvoicesays: Zero SBs since Spygate. All I need to know.

    You’ve already proven that you are quite ignorant. That’s all we need to know.

  10. malvaren18 says: Dec 12, 2012 2:06 PM

    I would also like to see Broncos vs patriots AFC finals

  11. rushmatic says: Dec 12, 2012 2:11 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Zero SBs since Spygate. All I need to know.

    ____________

    The best record of any team in sports and two appearances. Not bad.

  12. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Dec 12, 2012 2:19 PM

    Please keep talking about Tom Brady and how great he is…

    -San Francisco’s defense

  13. patriotinvasion says: Dec 12, 2012 2:20 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: Dec 12, 2012 1:07 PM

    Zero SBs since Spygate. All I need to know.
    __________________

    Best record in football, 2 Super Bowl appearances, and 2 dropped passes away from 2 more rings…since spygate. With a below average defense.

    Whatever helps you dry your tears over the Patriots decade of dominance.

  14. habsman says: Dec 12, 2012 2:26 PM

    Payton Manning is the greatest indoor QB of all time.

  15. habsman says: Dec 12, 2012 2:26 PM

    ……Regular season.

  16. mancave001 says: Dec 12, 2012 2:47 PM

    He didn’t play all that well, despite the stats. He missed *several* throws by quite a bit. I call BS.

  17. bingobrown12 says: Dec 12, 2012 5:14 PM

    When are you knuckleheads going to figure out that
    to win SB’s takes a little luck.The Pats were lucky
    in their 3 wins no so lucky in their last 2.You think
    Tyree’s helmet catch was skill?

  18. TheWizard says: Dec 12, 2012 6:01 PM

    I would love to see a Broncos vs Patriots AFC Championship game

    I want the Ravens. Revenge factor.

  19. tedmurph says: Dec 12, 2012 6:38 PM

    Meaningless regular season stats are the only time to mention PManning and Brady in the same sentence. Go ahead and compare PManning to Marino, that’s who he is. 16-6 in the playoffs and 3 rings vs 9-10 playoff record and one ring for PManning. Not even close.

  20. brazzz01 says: Dec 14, 2012 11:28 AM

    I wonder how many Patriot haters know that taping from the sidelines wasn’t banned until 2005. The year AFTER they won their last ring. So there is no asterisk of any kind on any title.

    I suspect not many knew that. I find most Patriot haters to be some of the most ignorant and uninformed fans of this sport on the planet. I know every good team has haters but Patriot haters especially aren’t very educated about the NFL. I wonder why that is.

    Anyway, now they know.

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