Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins among Players of Week

  • By Quang M. Lam
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Tom Brady waited almost two decades to return home and play in Northern California as an NFL quarterback. With plenty of family and friends in the stands, he didn't disappoint.

Brady -- who was a 49ers fan growing up in San Mateo -- threw for 280 yards and four scores to lead New England over San Francisco, a performance that earned him the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award, the NFL announced on Wednesday. It's the second time this season that Brady has won the honor.

"It was very cool. It doesn't get any better than that," Brady said about his performance. "To have the first chance to ever do that was very special."

The AFC Defensive Player of the Week was Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt. Tuitt led Pittsburgh's defense in a 24-9 victory over hapless Cleveland (0-11). The Notre Dame product terrorized the Browns' offense, registering six tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Dan Carpenter was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. The Bills kicker booted three field goals -- including a 54-yarder -- in Buffalo's 16-12 win over Cincinnati.

In the NFC, Kirk Cousins earned Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Redskins quarterback threw for 375 yards and three scores to lead the Redskins over the Packers on Sunday night.

"Kirk, he's a winner, he's a leader, he's everything you want in a quarterback," teammate Vernon Davis said. "Each and every week he's getting better and better."

The NFC Defensive Player of the Week was Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes had two interceptions -- returning the first one 100 yards for a score -- in Minnesota's 30-24 victory over Arizona.

Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo was the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. The rookie kicker was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals and made his only extra-point attempt as Tampa Bay defeated Kansas City at Arrowhead, 19-17. On a bad day for kickers (12 PATs were missed Sunday), Aguayo showed why the Bucs traded up to the second round to take him in April's draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.