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LeGarrette Blount named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff  December 31, 2013 10:42 AM

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Not surprisingly, running back LeGarrette Blount was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after he shattered the Patriots record for all-purpose yards in Sunday's win over Buffalo.

It’s the first time in his four-year career he's won the award. Blount rushed for 189 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns in the 34-20 victory.

Blount had a strong case for also winning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, since he returned second-half kickoffs 83 and 62 yards against the Bills. But that honor went to former Patriot Adam Vinatieri, who kicked three field goals for the Colts in their 30-10 win over Jacksonville.

Blount became just the third player in NFL history to rush for at least 180 yards and have at least 100 kickoff return yards in the same game, joining Gale Sayers and Adrian Peterson. He's the second Patriots player this season to win the weekly AFC offensive award. Tom Brady was recognized after the Patriots erased a 24-0 halftime deficit and beat the Broncos in Week 12.

Blount's 334 all-purpose yards broke the franchise record of 273, previously set by Larry Gannon in 1962.

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