Andre Carter was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

Patriots defensive end Andre Carter broke a single game franchise record with his 4.5 sack performance against the Jets on Sunday night, and on Wednesday he received a little extra recognition for it.

The team announced that the veteran was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week, which is the first time a Patriots defensive player has earned that accolade this season.

Quarterback Tom Brady has twice been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week in 2011, once¬†for his performance in the Patriots’ 38-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football, and again two weeks later¬†for his performance in the Patriots’ 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

As for Carter, he said after Sunday night’s win that their defensive performance as a whole put them one step closer to finally starting to build some continuity.

“We did, and I think what it boiled down to was the communication as far as the defensive line front, and the communication on the back end,” said Carter after Sunday night’s game. ¬†“There’s just been times where we’ve been consistent for maybe three quarters of the game, and then that last quarter, for whatever reason, we just don’t finish. ¬†That was something we constantly harped on, and this was such a great opportunity just to put together a full game.”