New England Patriots

L-R: New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones; Carolina Panthers cornerback Stephon Gilmore. (Adam Glanzman/Mark Brown, Getty Images)

It’s gone final in Charlotte: the Patriots are back over .500 after a 24-6 road over the Carolina Panthers, sitting at 5-4 on the season. The defense had one of its best games of the season, holding the Panthers without a touchdown and causing three turnovers.

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Scroll down for a recap of the game’s top highlights.

  • Q4, 13:31: Jackson makes another INT

    J.C. Jackson seems like he was motivated to show out well in the Patriots’ first game against Stephon Gilmore since trading him. The Pats’ No. 1 corner now has two picks on the day after intercepting Sam Darnold in the end zone. Pats take over with a chance to add insurance points after the Panthers come up empty in the red zone.

  • Q3, 4:10: An interception for ... Jamie Collins?!

    Yet another interception for Sam Darnold, and this one is particularly embarrassing. Collins leaped to gobble up a fluttering pass over the middle, barely past the line of scrimmage. An incredible play by the freakishly athletic Collins.

    The defense keeps setting the offense up for success. We’ll see if the offense can take advantage.

  • Q3, 6:55: A Pick-six for J.C. Jackson

    The Panthers were threatening to close the gap on the Patriots, but disaster struck for Sam Darnold – and it’s the second straight week with a potential game-changing pick-six.

    J.C. Jackson gets the touchdown this time, on a return of 88 (!) yards. It’s now 21-6 Patriots.

  • Q2, 0:24: Clutch touchdown for the Patriots before halftime

    Mac Jones hits Hunter Henry with a pinpoint strike to the end zone, Nick Folk’s extra point is good, and the Patriots have a 14-6 lead with halftime approaching.

  • Q2, 7:07: Gilmore picks off his former team

    Stephon Gilmore has made his presence felt against his former team. On an attempted pick play over the middle, Gilmore handles the route and picks off a Mac Jones throw to get the ball back to Carolina. Gotta be just about the last thing Bill Belichick wanted to happen.

  • Q2, 8:19: Patriots bounce back, take lead

    It’s been a rough start for the Patriots offense, but Mac Jones & Co. just showed their trademark resilience. The Patriots are now in the lead after multiple big gains by Rhamondre Stevenson helped set up Damien Harris for the rushing touchdown. Harris now has a touchdown in five straight games, two shy of tying the franchise record.

  • Q1, 0:30: Panthers strip-sack Jones, take over in Patriots territory

    A big play by the Carolina defense. On third down, Mac Jones is blindsided by Brian Burns and loses the ball, and the Panthers recover. Isaiah Wynn got beat on the left edge.

    Carolina takes over at the Patriots’ 33-yard line.

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