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Bodden named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  November 25, 2009 08:54 AM

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Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden was named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week following his three-interception game against the New York Jets on Sunday.

Bodden returned his first pickoff 53 yards for the Patriots' first points in a 31-14 victory. It is the first time Bodden has received the award.

The three interceptions were a career high for Bodden, who tied a Patriots record held by several players for interceptions in a game. The most recent was Asante Samuel in November of 2006.

Bodden and the Patriots' defense held the Jets to 122 yards passing on Sunday. Brandon Meriweather also intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass.

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