1. Chandler Jones – The rookie had a strip sack and tied Devin McCourty with the team lead for solos with four. He’s hitting people and playing complete football, not just pass rushing.
2. Wes Welker – Pay this man his money. He took a couple of true knockout shots and continued to catch footballs, elude coverage and move the chains. Finishes with 10 more catches for 138 yards and a TD.
3. Aaron Hernandez – Welcomed back to the lineup, he caught six balls for 30 yards and a TD.
4. Brandon Lloyd – The catch, ruled an incompletion late, was the prettiest incompletion I’ve ever seen. However, it might have cost him a separated shoulder. He landed hard, jamming his left shoulder into the turf. Solid, caught 6 balls for 80 yards.
1. Tavon Wilson – He was left on an island, thanks to the strangest of pass-offs from Devin McCourty, then showed his unreadiness for prime time when Sidney Rice spun him into the ground for the game-winning TD.
2. Kyle Arrington – Spent the day covering nobody, just like everyone else.
3. Devin McCourty – The ring-leader of the NCC (that is “no cover crew”). You can feel him on the field, begging for zone defense calls.
4. Nate Solder – Struggled with Chris Clemons’ bull rush all day. When Tom Brady tried to escape left on the final play of the first half, he was walled off by Solder, who had been pushed backwards. Finally, on the last possession, Solder actually took Brady down to kill the drive before it started. Not strong enough to play left tackle in the NFL.
5. Tom Brady – When you essentially turn it over twice in the red zone and come up with one TD in six trips, the QB gets the blame. Had a 79 QB rating on a day he flung it 58 times.