The New England Patriots put up a good fight against the Philadelphia Eagles, but it was the eventual Super Bowl finalists who left Gillette Stadium with a 25-20 victory.
The game was also very special for the organization, as the great Tom Brady was honored before the first quarter.
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The locals started the game very poorly, as the Eagles scored 16 points in the first 15 minutes of the game.
Midway through the first quarter, Patriots receiver Kendrick Bourne was unable to catch Mac Jones’ pass and it went into the hands of Eagles cornerback Darius Slay Jr. He headed straight into the end zone for the first big score of the duel.
Devonta Smith also added a touchdown for the Eagles at the end of the first period.
However, Bill Belichick’s men blew the machine open in the next quarter. Patriots tight end Hunter Henry caught a nine-yard pass to get his team on the scoreboard for the first time in the contest.
The next offensive sequence gave the Pats offense more momentum. Mac Jones connected with Kendrick Bourne, who made his way to the pay zone. Bourne also added a second touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Despite his team’s loss, Mac Jones excelled in the struggle with 313 yards in the air and he threw three touchdown passes.
His opposite and former University of Alabama Crimson Tide teammate Jalen Hurts completed 22 of his 33 passes, totaling 133 yards.
However, the Eagles’ accurate kicker Jake Elliott played a decisive role in the clash as he kicked four field goals, two of which were from at least 50 yards.
Quebecer Sidi Sow played his first career game on the offensive line for the Patriots.
Jordan Love shines in his debut as a starter
The Green Bay Packers kicked off the post-Aaron Rodgers era with a 38–20 victory over their perennial NL North rivals, the Chicago Bears, at Soldier Field.
Center Jordan Love lived up to expectations in his first start since the trade that sent Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets.
Love completed 15 of 27 passes for 245 yards and threw three touchdown passes.
Packers’ receiver Romeo Dobbs stood out with two touchdowns during the struggle.
For the Bears, Justin Fields accumulated 150 yards through the air and threw an interception.
Tua Tagovailoa leads Dolphins to success
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had a sensational performance in his team’s 36-34 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
Tagovailoa totaled an impressive 466 passing yards, along with completing three passes, en route to a major accomplishment.
Their receiver Tyreek Hill was also fantastic, crossing the end zone on two occasions, in addition to gaining a total of 219 yards.