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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 12: A fan of the New England Patriots holds up a Mac Jones fathead prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

For the first time since Jan. 2020, Gillette Stadium opened its doors to fans for a game of actual consequence, as the New England Patriots played host to the Miami Dolphins in a Week 1 showdown.

The game marked the official start of The Mac Jones Era, as the team’s top pick from the 2021 NFL Draft made the first start of his career following the team’s surprisingly release of Cam Newton earlier this month.

And though the 23-year-old was not able to pick up the win in his debut, the Alabama product performed admirably, with a 29-for-39 passing performance for 281 yards and a touchdown in the 17-16 losing effort.

Here are some photos from Sunday’s opener in Foxborough…