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December 28, 2009

Two-minute drill

Big Shows

1. Tom Brady — Near-flawless performance at a time when his team needed it most. Championship effort, going 23 of 26 for 267 yards.

2. Wes Welker — Best player on the field again with 13 catches (in 13 throws to him) for 138 yards.

3. Brandon Meriweather — Game-changer with a thumping tackle to stuff a reverse early and a huge interception and return. Ended with six solo tackles.

4. James Sanders — Got turned loose in the box and made the Jaguars pay. Huge fourth-down hit. Four unassisted tackles. Broke up two passes.

5. Randy Moss — Finished drives off with three TDs.

6. Sammy Morris — Carried 12 times for 95 yards with a long of 55.

7. Tully Banta-Cain — Active and attacking ferociously from the edge. Four solos and one sack.

8. Jerod Mayo — Best game of the year with 11 solos on gains that averaged 5.2 yards apiece.

9. Junior Seau — Even though Maurice Jones-Drew didn't have the football, it was still a great hit by a 40-year-old man.

10. Adalius Thomas — Three solos, including one for a loss.

11. Julian Edelman — If he can stay on the field without dropping the football, he's the answer at the No. 3 receiver spot.

12. Chris Baker — His most productive game as a Patriot with two catches for 32 yards and a touchdown.

No Shows

1. Laurence Maroney — Fumble on the goal line. You're on the pine and the only No Show during an otherwise flawless day.

Grading the Groups

Offense

Line (A) ... Brilliant day handling Jacksonville's three-man rush, and the running game chewed up 5.5 yards per carry in a 197-yard day.

Backs (A) ... Suddenly, it's a group that looks very dangerous, the way Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk handled the load yesterday.

Quarterback (A+) ... Vintage Tom Brady. Four TDs and just three incompletions.

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