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Mac Jones hits Nelson Agholor for rare opening-drive Patriots score

MINNEAPOLIS – New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones fired on Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

After the Patriots trailed 7–0 on the Vikings’ opening drive, Jones let it go and quickly put together a five-play, 75-yard scoring drive that culminated in a 34-yard strike down the middle to receiver Nelson Agholor.

The Patriots were entered this season as one of three teams without a touchdown on the opening drive (Jets and Panthers the others). It was also their first touchdown in the first quarter this season.

Jones’ pass traveled 27 air yards, his deepest of the season and the second deepest of his two-year NFL career.

Jones now has four career touchdown passes over 30 yards, and Agholor has received two. Kendrick Bourne has the other two.

Jones was on target on his first pass on the scoring march – opening with a tight 26-yard rainbow to receiver Jakobi Meyers on first down. Jones initially fumbled the snap before picking it up and making the correct throw.

However, the game could have been costly as Meyers left the game due to injury and went to the locker room for further evaluation.

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