The Miami Dolphins won against the New England Patriots with their quarterback Mac Jones. Read our predictions for Sunday’s matches in week 1.
Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots highlights
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots | 17-16
In Foxborough, Massachusetts, the start of a new era was on the agenda. Mac Jones, the fifteenth pick from the most recent draft, held the keys to the Patriots kingdom as the starting quarterback. He was immediately given a tough job with fellow Alabama alumnus Tua Tagovailoa’s visiting Miami Dolphins.
It was the visitors who dealt the first blow. Tua Tagovailoa himself surprised the Patriots defense with a run in the redzone and put the first touchdown on the board. The Patriots didn’t seem awake at the time, as in the ensuing drive, rookie Rhamondre Stevenson lost the ball on his first ever try in the NFL. A shaky start for the newcomer.
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Mac Jones’ impressive debut
That other newcomer, Mac Jones, did a more than decent job. Mac Jones — McCorkle to the friends — put together some good drives and delivered the first touchdown of his NFL career in the second quarter. He found another newcomer to the Patrios, Nelson Agholor, in the end zone and put his team ahead. Jones showed composure and determination on the ball throughout the game, finishing the game with a rock-solid 281 passing yards.
His second-year opponent on the other side didn’t do too bad either and opened the third quarter with a good drive that carried all the way to the end. Myles Gaskin found the gap for another first try a few times and eventually Tua threw the ball to rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle who also celebrated his first touchdown of his career. The Dolphins took the lead again.
A costly Patriots’ mistakes
Mac Jones and co. were allowed to work. Was he effectively the “new Tom Brady ” as he has been dubbed throughout the offseason? He did everything he could, but he wasn’t really helped by his teammates. The Patriots piled up the fouls and penalty yards, and when they looked like they were headed for a game-winning drive, one of the afternoon’s better players, Damien Harris, made a horrific mistake. Harris already had 100 rushing yards under his belt, but at the decisive moment, he lost the ball. Xavien Howard showed up like a wild man and sealed the fate of the AFC East rivals.
Despite 130 more offensive yards and 13 minutes more possession, the New England Patriots couldn’t avoid defeat. The Dolphins’ rock-solid redzone defense and the Patriots’ error burden have killed the team of coach Bill Belichick. The Dolphins stepped off the field at Gillette Stadium victorious — and leader in the AFC East.