Game-ball effort by Meriweather

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, who was under scrutiny last week for his illegal hits on Ravens tight end Todd Heap, bounced back with a performance that the team's coaches deemed game-ball worthy.

Meriweather was one of six game-ball winners from Sunday's 23-20 win over the Chargers, joining safeties Sergio Brown and James Sanders, cornerback Devin McCourty, kicker Stephen Gostkowski and guard Stephen Neal.

Against the Chargers, Meriweather played every snap and finished with five tackles. One of those hits came against receiver Patrick Crayton in the first quarter when Meriweather lowered his hitting area and delivered a big, legal blow.

After the game, Meriweather was asked about whether he thought about his hits on Heap when he took the field.

"No," he responded. "It's a game. You're going to play to have fun. I'm not going to think about it, I'm just going to go play."