New England Patriots

New England Patriots

  • The New England Patriots are 7-7 on the season after a stunning defeat at the hands of the Las Vegas Raiders. Jakobi Meyers’ inexplicable decision to lateral the ball on the last play of the fourth quarter led to an interception return for a touchdown by Chandler Jones, giving Las Vegas the win.

    Keep scrolling for the top highlights from the game.

  • Raiders Win On Last-Second Stunner

    One of the worst mistakes ever seen in a football game. On the final play of the fourth quarter in a tie game, Rhamondre Stevenson and Jakobi Meyers inexplicably try to lateral the ball and go for a miracle touchdown of their own. Instead, Meyers throws a backward duck to ex-Patriot Chandler Jones, who catches it and trucks Mac Jones on his way to the end zone for a game-ending touchdown. Final score: Raiders 30, Patriots 24.

  • Raiders Score Last-Minute Tying TD On Questionable Call

    A stunning turn of events. The Raiders have tied the game 24-24.

    The Raiders drove 81 yards in nine plays, capped with a 30-yard touchdown to Keelan Cole. Upon review, it appeared that Cole’s toe might have landed out of bounds, but the call stands. A tough break for the Patriots, and a wild finish to the fourth quarter.

  • Patriots Take Their First Lead

    Nineteen unanswered points for the Patriots. A 39-yard catch-and-run by Jakobi Meyers and a 34-yard run by Rhamondre Stevenson suddenly has them in the lead. The two-point conversion to Jakobi Meyers is good. It’s now 24-17 Patriots.

    The Patriots defense has pitched a shutout so far in the second half. Let’s see if they have one more big stop in them. It’s likely the Raiders’ last chance on the upcoming drive.

  • Nick Folk Makes Field Goal

    Nick Folk is good from 47 yards to make it 17-13 Raiders.

    It was a reasonably strong drive by the Patriots, considering they started at their own 2-yard line. Rhamondre Stevenson neutralized that with a 26-yard run on the first play. A mix of runs and passes with all of the Pats’ healthiest backs, including Stevenson, Pierre Strong, and Kevin Harris, got them into field goal range for Folk.

  • Kyle Dugger Gets Pick-Six

    Suddenly, the Patriots have life. Safety Kyle Dugger reads and times the play perfectly, picking off Derek Carr’s screen attempt for a 13-yard pick-six. It’s now 17-10 Raiders.

    The Patriots offense started off the third quarter with a punt, so it wasn’t looking good. But now, after Dugger’s dynamic play, they’re very much in the game.

  • Raiders Capitalize On Blocked Punt With Touchdown

    The Raiders will close out the half with a two-possession lead. Derek Carr finds Mack Hollins in the end zone for a five-yard touchdown with just eight seconds left. It’s now 17-3 Raiders.

    No way around it. That was a brutal sequence for the Patriots, who had an opportunity to tie the game, and instead were forced to punt, had their punt blocked, then gave up the red zone touchdown. Some of the worst complementary football they’ve played all season.

  • Raiders Block Patriots Punt

    Special teams disaster for the Patriots. The Raiders’ Malcolm Koonce gets through untouched and blocks Michael Palardy’s punt, setting up the Raiders at the Pats’ 25-yard line. Patriots safety Jabrill Peppers got beaten easily on the play, a total busted protection. Las Vegas can close out the half with points…

  • Patriots Can’t Score To Close Half

    The Patriots were forced to punt after a Hunter Henry catch-and-run is short of the line to gain for a first down. No dice for the Patriots with a chance to go for a double-score.

    It wasn’t for lack of trying by Rhamondre Stevenson, who rumbled for 17 yards on the first play of the drive.

  • Raiders Score First Touchdown

    The Patriots are officially down by a touchdown. Derek Carr hits tight end Darren Waller for a 25-yard touchdown. Extra point is good and it’s now 10-3 Raiders.

    Patriots safety Adrian Phillips got knocked away from Waller in the 1-on-1 matchup, appearing to clip his own teammate on the route. Carr gets off a quick throw, so it’s an easy score. We’ll see if Mac Jones can answer. A 20-yard completion to Keelan Cole and an improvised 11-yard pitch-and-catch to Josh Jacobs helped key the drive for the Raiders.

  • Patriots Come Up One Yard Short In Comedy Of Errors

    The Patriots ran a 14-play drive all the way down to the 1-yard line, and went for it on fourth down … and Jonnu Smith committed a false start. So the Pats instead settle for a field goal by Nick Folk. The kick is good from 24 yards. It’s now 3-3.

    After a strong series of plays to get into the red zone, a pass interference flag on the Raiders set up the Patriots with first-and-goal from the 2. Here’s how it went from there: Stevenson 1-yard run, inaccurate incompletion from Mac Jones, Pats timeout that wiped out their own touchdown, incomplete for Nelson Agholor, another timeout. Smith’s penalty killed their chances of finding the end zone. The league’s worst red zone offense puts it all on display.

    On the bright side, Jones and Tyquan Thornton connected for a nice-looking 21-yard completion as part of the drive. As usual, it still comes down to whether they can finish these drives off in the red zone.

  • Matt Dolloff is a writer and podcaster for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff and follow him on Instagram @realmattdolloff. Check out all of Matt’s content here.

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