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Patriots' Andre Carter Wins AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Patriots defensive lineman Andre Carter has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, according to an official release from the league. Carter was an unstoppable force in the Patriots 37-16 win against the Jets on Sunday.

Hit the jump for more details and a look at his ridiculous stats.

Against New York, Carter set a Patriots franchise single-game record with 4.5 (!) sacks. His previous personal record was 2.5 sacks, which came in 2009 as a member of the Washington Redskins.

Some more details from the release:

The previous [Patriots] record was 4.0 by Julius Adams at Atlanta (12-4-77), Tony McGee at Baltimore (11-16-78) and Mike Hawkins vs. NY Jets (9-9-79). Carter's previous best sack total was 2.5 at Carolina on Oct. 11, 2009 while with Washington. It was Carter's third game in 2011 with two or more sacks. He now has a team-leading 9.0 sacks.

It is the second time in his career that Carter has earned a Player of the Week honor. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 17 as a rookie in 2001 with San Francisco when he registered six total tackles and 2.0 sacks at New Orleans on Jan. 1, 2002.

Carter is the second Patriot to win a Player of the Week award this season. Tom Brady has two Offensive Player of the Week awards.

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