Just when it looked like the New England Patriots would struggle to even win another game in the 2023 season, they went out and earned their best victory in five years.
Not since the Tom Brady era had the Patriots won a close game, against a legitimate contending team, in normal conditions, and done it with a clutch final offensive drive by the quarterback. Mac Jones didn’t have a win like this in his NFL career to date. Now he does.
But of course, it took a total team effort – and perhaps some help from the Bills – for the Patriots to pull off the stunning upset at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Sunday. These were the six keys to victory…
Jones engineered easily the most clutch drive of his career in the final minute of the game. With the Patriots down three and starting at their 25-yard line, Jones went 7-of-8 for 70 yards, and capped it with a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mike Gesicki.
It was not just the execution of Jones and the whole unit, but when it happened. The Patriots have rarely given hope that they were capable of such a drive over the past four-plus seasons. This was different. This could end up being a turning point for Jones and the team.
“It’s all about playing for each other and playing for the guy next to you and understanding why,” Jones said after the game. “We did that today, and we need to continue doing that every day in practice and in the games.