1. Rob Ninkovich – Another huge play with the strip-sack of Mark Sanchez in overtime. The kid is stealth. How, other than severe tunnel vision, do you explain Sanchez not seeing Ninkovich before he pasted his “Pat Patriot” helmet to the “6” on Sanchez chest? Locks down the win.
2. Rob Gronkowski – Chain-mover, caught six balls for 78 yards and a pair of TDs. Spent the day in a two-man bracket. Still found a way.
3. Stephen Gostkowski – This guy cost them with a hook against Arizona, but he was true twice when it counted, hitting from 43 to tie it and 48 to break the tie in OT.
4. Tom Brady — Pretty average for about 58:28, he came alive late to win it. He hit 9 of 13 passes for 95 in the final two possessions, one in which they tied the game and sent it to overtime, and the other to take the lead in OT.
1. Devin McCourty — Are you kidding me, Devin? A fumble on the biggest kick-return of the night, in the final 2 minutes with the score tied? This first-round pick in 2010 might have blazing straight line speed, as he showed in a pretty 104-yard return early. But his ability to make football plays has so much to be desire. Shifted to safety, he played about 25 yards off the line, obeying a Bill Belichick edict certainly to not let anyone get behind him. That left the middle of the field vacant. Five solo tackles but was confused or beaten many more times than that.
2. Brandon Lloyd – An absolutely brutal day with one catch for 6 yards by what we all expected to be the Pats’ lead receiver. Singled up all day, he shook nobody. And he had at least three clear drops. What a disappointment!
3. Danny Woodhead – Please let the love affair end. In my eyes, you are talking diminishing returns when Woodhead gets more than 5-6 touches. He averaged 2.8 yards on 6 carries and caught four balls for 29 yards. He’s tough, he has a place, but it’s in spots, not in 60 percent of the snaps.