FOXBORO -- Sunday was not Tom Brady's best game, but he was good enough when it mattered. He was good enough to win. And he was good enough to earn his second AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.
The award gives Brady 27 such honors for his career, tying Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history.
In the Patriots' 30-17 win over over the 49ers, in front of Brady's friends and family from the Bay Area, he threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns on 24-for-40 passing. It was the 21st game in which Brady tossed four touchdown passes and did not throw a pick.
Brady earned the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week award back in Week 5, his first game back after a four-game suspension, and he was given the conference's Offensive Player of the Month award for October.
Though he missed the first quarter of the regular season, Brady is still considered by Bovada.lv to be among the favorites for the league's MVP award. (As of last week, his odds of winning MVP were set at 11/4, behind only Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliot at 5/2.) On the season, he's completing 70.4 percent of his passes at a clip of 7.8 yards per attempt, and he's thrown 16 touchdowns against 1 interception.