The New England Patriots fell to 2-7 on the season on Sunday, losing to the Washington Commanders by a 20-17 final at Gillette Stadium.
Patriots quarterback Mac Jones went 24-of-44 (54.5 percent) for 220 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, a 66.5 passer rating. His pick came on the Pats’ final offensive play of the game, when they were driving with a chance to go for a game-tying field goal, as the ball went off the hands of JuJu Smith-Schuster and got tipped to Commanders cornerback Jartavius Martin to ice the game for good.
The Patriots’ defense got a stop to open the game, and their first offensive drive was promising, as they drove 45 yards in 10 plays to get into Commanders territory. But when they went for it on fourth-and-3, Jones overthrew an open Tyquan Thornton to turn the ball over on downs.
The Commanders responded by scoring points, but the Patriots were able to hold them to three, as they stuffed quarterback Sam Howell for a two-yard loss on third down. But the Joey Slye field goal was good, making it 3-0 Washington.
After the Pats went three-and-out on their second drive, the Commanders went back down the field. It started with a miraculous third-down completion, as Howell threw back across his body with pass-rushers bearing down on him, but somehow, Byron Pringle was wide open for a 26-yard catch-and-run.
Eight plays later, running back Brian Robinson took the carry to the outside and won the footrace to the end zone, and the Commanders went up 10-0 early in the second quarter.