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Tom Brady was tied with Alex Smith and Russell Wilson for the most deep pass completions (20-plus yards in the air) with 33 in 2017. This also represents the most deep passes Brady has completed in a single season in the PFF era (since the 2006 season) as his previous record was 31 in the 2007 season.
Dion Lewis was tied with Marshawn Lynch for the fifth-most broken tackles on carries with 42 this season. This also tied LeGarrette Blount from 2016 for the most missed tackles forced by a Patriots running back on carries in a single season since 2006.
Brandin Cooks ranked second in the NFL with 608 receiving yards on deep passes in the 2017 season, which is the most for a Patriots wide receiver since Randy Moss had 630 receiving yards on deep passes in the 2007 season. The only other time a New England receiver recorded more than 400 receiving yards on deep passes was in 2009 when Moss had 401 such yards.
Over the final two weeks of the regular season, the Patriots offensive line allowed two sacks, one hit, and ten hurries on 72 passing plays, for a Pass Block Efficiency of 85.8, which was the 2nd best rate in the NFL during that span.
Rob Gronkowski's 2.40 yards per route run in 2017 led all tight ends. He has led tight ends in yards per route run five times in the last six seasons.
Trey Flowers' 60 combined pressures are tied for 11th among 4-3 defensive ends this season and are the fourth most by a Patriots defender in the PFF era (since the 2006 season).
Deatrich Wise's 36 pressures are third among rookie 4-3 defensive ends – and just one shy of Myles Garrett’s and Derek Barnett’s 37 – and are the second most by a Patriots rookie defender in the PFF era (Chandler Jones had 43 in 2012).
Only Bobby Wagner (3) had fewer missed tackles than Elandon Roberts (4) among linebackers with at least 400 defensive snaps played.
Malcolm Butler had 10 pass breakups in 2017, his third straight season with at least 10. Butler has the most pass breakups in the NFL since 2015, with 45. No other player has more than 37 pass breakups since 2015. (Stephon Gilmore has 31 pass breakups since 2015, tied for 10th best).