New England Patriots

L-R: Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, Patriots quarterback Mac Jones. (Credit: Jay Biggerstaff/Brian Fluharty, USA TODAY Sports)

It’s gone final in Foxboro. The Patriots are 6-4 after a total dismantling of the Cleveland Browns, blowing them out by a 45-7 final.

Read below for a recap of the highlights of the game.

  • Q4, 4:13: Finally! Meyers scores first career touchdown

    Why not another touchdown? The Patriots have hung a 40-burger on the Browns with the clock winding down. And they did it with Jakobi Meyers’ first career touchdown reception.

    A Browns player is severely injured and needs to be carted off, resulting in a timeout. But for the time being, it’s 44-7 Patriots.

  • Q4, 13:33: Blowout City, Population Patriots

    Mac Jones has thrown three touchdown passes in a game for the first time in his career. On third-and-goal, Jones finds Hunter Henry up a short seam over the middle, practically wide open. An easy TD for the Patriots, who have turned this thing into a laugher.

  • Q3, 2:04: Mayfield exits with injury

    Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield took a hard hit from the Patriots’ Matt Judon and had to leave the game with what looked like a leg or knee injury. Case Keenum came in for two plays, and let’s say it did not go well. Judon sacks him on third down, then they go for it on fourth-and-19 to no avail, another sack, this time by Kyle Van Noy. Patriots get the ball back with a chance to make a trip to Blowout City.

  • Q3, 5:04: Patriots find the end zone again

    The Patriots are now up 24 points on the Browns after Rhamondre Stevenson’s second rushing touchdown of the game. They are putting on a clinic offensively. They’re burning the Browns repeatedly with screens and misdirection, and have made big plays down the field when needed.

    One of the biggest plays of this drive was this Mac Jones drop in the bucket to Hunter Henry:

  • HALFTIME: Patriots 24, Browns 7.

    Ever since the Browns scored first on an explosive opening drive, it’s been all Patriots. The defense made an interception and forced two punts on the Browns’ last three drives. The offense, meanwhile, has come away from every drive with points.

    Big takeaways from the first half: the offense is executing at as high a level as we’ve seen this season, albeit with a couple of penalties mixed in…and Christian Barmore has been a menace disrupting things up front for the Browns’ offensive interior. Patriots are looking great heading to the locker room for the half.

  • Q2, 2:00: Patriots moving the ball at midfield

    The Patriots are about at midfield with two minutes left in the second quarter. They have a real opportunity to add to their lead, even with just a field goal. The Browns committed pass interference on a third-down incompletion, which gave the Pats life.

  • Q2, 3:48: Another stop for the Patriots defense

    The Patriots just forced a three-and-out on Cleveland. On third down, D’Ernest Johnson put the ball on the ground, but was somehow able to recover his own fumble. Very nearly a disaster for the Browns. But they have to punt anyway, and the Patriots will take over at their 33-yard line.

  • Q2, 5:40: Patriots extend their lead with 99-yard drive

    Mac Jones hits Kendrick Bourne for a 23-yard touchdown and the extra point is good, making it 21-7 Patriots. The Patriots went 99 yards on the drive with no penalties, and went 3-for-3 on third down.

    The biggest play was a third-and-9 pass from Mac Jones to Jakobi Meyers that went for a 26-yard gain. They faced a third down early in the drive, but Rhamondre Stevenson took a backward flip of the ball from Jones for the first down.

    It’s been all Patriots since the Browns’ opening drive.

  • Q2, 11:51: Patriots defense holds strong

    Given a chance to rebound off a Baker Mayfield interception that led to a Patriots touchdown, the Browns could not answer. Once again, pressure up the middle by Christian Barmore disrupted Mayfield’s timing on a third-and-4 throw, which was nearly intercepted again.

    However, the Browns’ punt pinned the Patriots at their 1-yard line. This should be an interesting sequence in terms of field position.

  • Q2, 14:43: Dugger intercepts Mayfield, Pats cash in

    And just like that, the Patriots have the lead. On third-and-7, Baker Mayfield is rushed into a throw due to pressure up the middle from Christian Barmore. The attempt lands in the hands of Patriots safety Kyle Dugger for his third interception of the season. Rhamondre Stevenson scored a rushing touchdown on the next play, and Nick Folk’s extra point is good. 14-7 Patriots.

  • Q1, 0:26: Patriots answer with long touchdown drive

    The Patriots have evened the game up – and the first quarter is almost over already! New England just chewed a whopping 9:39 off the clock and ran 15 plays, plus one that resulted in a penalty, en route to the end zone for a Hunter Henry touchdown.

    Josh McDaniels turned to his third-down personnel on second-and-3, and Henry got plenty of separation in the corner of the end zone. We’re all knotted up after impressive drives by both teams to start this one.

  • Q1, 10:05: Browns go for it on fourth down and strike first

    The Browns have started off this game impressively. They’re up 7-0 after going 84 yards in 11 plays, capping the drive with a touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield to Austin Hooper – on fourth down.

    Cleveland’s aggressiveness on fourth down is already a big factor in the game. Scoring first could be huge for them, as they can dictate their offense the way they want with a lead.

    The Browns’ vaunted running attack rushed five times for 58 yards on the drive. No Nick Chubb, no problem. Patriots have some stuff to clean up on defense.

  • Patriots win coin toss, defer

    The Patriots won the opening coin toss and deferred their choice to the second half. The Browns will receive the ball to start the game.

  • Right Tackle Rotation?

    Trent Brown and Mike Onwenu rotated warmup reps at right tackle with the starting offensive line. It’s unclear who’s starting, but either way, it does look like the Patriots are sticking with Isaiah Wynn at left tackle.

  • Trent Brown not spotted warming up

    Many Patriots players came out for early pregame warmups with strength and conditioning coach Moses Cabrera, but tackle Trent Brown wasn’t one of them. He’s active for the game after being activated from injured reserve, but it’s unclear what his role will be. He’s a candidate to play either tackle spot. He started the season as the Patriots’ right tackle.

  • Rhamondre Stevenson Active For Patriots

    CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 07: Rhamondre Stevenson #38 of the New England Patriots runs the ball during the second quarter against the against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 07, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

    CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 07: Rhamondre Stevenson #38 of the New England Patriots runs the ball during the second quarter against the against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 07, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

    The Patriots have released their inactive players for the game, and rookie running back Rhamondre Stevenson is NOT among them. Stevenson missed practice all week with a head injury sustained in last week’s win over the Carolina Panthers. We’ll see how much he plays, but Stevenson will suit up. The Patriots might need him, since Damien Harris (also a head injury) had already been ruled out.

    Notably, J.J. Taylor is also active after being inactive for two straight weeks. The Pats seem to want all hands on deck in the offensive backfield without Harris.

    Tight end Jonnu Smith is another notable inactive player. The Patriots elevated Matt LaCosse to the 53-man roster ahead of the game. Sunday will also mark the first time all season that second-year tight end Devin Asiasi is active. It’ll be interesting to see how the tight ends are deployed behind Hunter Henry.

    Read below for the full inactives for both teams.