FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, marking the 28th time he's earned a player-of-the-week honor from the NFL. That breaks a tie with Peyton Manning for the most in league history.
Brady finished 30-of-39 for 447 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 36-20 road victory over the New Orleans Saints. The 447 yards marked the third-highest total in his 18-year career. It was also his NFL record 52nd game in which he threw three or more touchdowns with no interceptions.
Brady's masterpiece performance had the Patriots looking like the Patriots again. Brady had been coming off a disappointing performance in a season-opening loss to the Chiefs on Sept. 7 and had said, "To be 0-1 with a 10-day break felt like a year."
Wide receiver Brandin Cooks noted Brady taking a leading role when he said, "He just led vocally; he led by actions. That's the biggest thing that you can ask from your quarterback. He did just that."
Brady and the Patriots return to the practice field Wednesday for the first time since Sunday's victory. They are preparing for Sunday's home game against the Houston Texans.