By Tiffany Williams –
The Patriots went into Sunday’s matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars looking too snap a two-game losing streak for their final regular season home game and defeated Jacksonville, 50-10, and in combination with Miami’s Week 17 loss, clinched a playoff berth for the 12th time in the past 13 seasons.
In the first quarter with 5:49 on the clock, Damien Harris got the TD that got New England into the game early. With 2:18 on the clock, Matthew Wright made a 29 yard field goal that got the Jaguars in to the game. At end of the first quarter it was a 3-7 Patriots lead.
In the second quarter with 12:02 on the clock, Damien Harris got his second TD of the game and the point after attempt was good. With 4:40 on the clock, Mac Jones connected with Kristian Wilkerson to who got a TD and the point after attempt was good. With 48 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Mac Jones connected with Jakobi Meyers who got a TD and the point after attempt was good. At the end of the second quarter it was a 3-28 Patriots lead.
In the third quarter with 11:14 on the clock, Mac Jones connected with Kristian Wilkerson who got his second TD of the game and the point after attempt was good. With 2:42 remaining on the clock in third quarter, Rhamondre Stevenson got a TD and the point after attempt was good. At the end of the third quarter it was a 3-41 Patriots lead.
In the fourth quarter, Nick Folk made a 43 yard field goal, Rhamondre Stevenson got his second TD of the game and then Dare Ogunbowale got a TD for the Jaguars. At the of the fourth quarter it was a 10-50 Patriots game.
Mac Jones completed 22 of 30 pass attempts for 227 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 128.1 rating and now has nine games with a completion percentage of 70-or-higher, tied with Dak Prescott for the most such games by a rookie quarterback all-time.
Defensive back J.C. Jackson recorded his eighth interception of the season in Sundays matchup with the Jaguars. Jackson has 25 interceptions since entering the NFL in 2018 and is the fourth player in the Super Bowl era with at least 25 interceptions in his first four seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Lem Barney, Lester Hayes and Everson Walls.
New England, Sunday improved to 10-6 on the season and Bill Belichick became the second head coach all-time with 20 seasons of 10-or-more wins, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula.