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.
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
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.