Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots

JAX
31
NE
24
FINAL
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JAX 31414031
NE 377724

Game Information
Location: Gillette Stadium Foxborough, Massachusetts
Attendance: 65,878

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo missed his chance at an on-field audition when he was injured during Tom Brady's four-game "Deflategate" suspension last season.

So this might be his best chance to show the Patriots - or another team that wants to trade for him - that he's ready to be an NFL starter.

"Coach always has us guessing," the heir apparent said Thursday night after completing a Brady-like 22 of 28 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"You never know if you're going to play a little or a lot," said Garoppolo, who played two quarters and then went out for two more series in the second half while coach Bill Belichick sat the reigning Super Bowl MVP out. "When he put me back in, I was happy to get back out there with the guys."

Chad Henne hit Keelan Cole on a 97-yard touchdown pass, Corey Grant scored on a 79-yard run and the Jacksonville Jaguars feasted on a Patriots lineup without Brady and Rob Gronkowski - or much defense at all - to beat the defending NFL champions in their exhibition opener.

Garoppolo completed 13 straight passes at one point, finding Austin Carr on a 3-yard touchdown pass at the end of the first half and then K.J. Maye from 5 yards out to start the second and make it 17-17.

But the New England defense followed by giving up another one-play scoring drive - this one Grant's run down the left sideline to make it 24-17.

"One of our basic plays. Coach called the play. The O line did their job. And then it was up to me to make that one guy miss," Grant said. "And then it was off to the races."

Third-string QB Brandon Allen hit Dede Westbrook from 42 yards out - victimizing Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones for another big play - to make it a two-touchdown game. "We weren't expecting the touchdown, but everything worked out perfectly," Westbrook said.

Garoppolo was drafted in the second round in 2014 and has been stuck behind Brady, a five-time Super Bowl champion who has shown no signs of slowing down at 40 years old. The backup's big chance might have been last year, when Brady was suspended the first four games of the season, but Garoppolo only lasted five quarters before a shoulder injury knocked him out.

Unless Brady gets injured, these exhibition games are probably Garoppolo's only chance before he is eligible for free agency at the end of the season to show other teams he can play.

"He makes the throws and he led his team up and down the field," Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said. "I have a lot of respect for him and I am excited to see when he becomes a starter some day and see how he does."

Grant ran for 120 yards on eight carries for the Jaguars, who were playing their first game under new coach Doug Marrone after firing Gus Bradley following a 3-13 record. Executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, the former New York Giants coach who twice beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, watched from the press level.

Jaguars starter Blake Bortles completed 3 of 5 passes for 16 yards in two offensive series that resulted in one field goal. Henne came on with one play left in the first quarter and went 5 of 6 for 139 yards.

Patriots third-stringer Jacoby Brissett was 8 of 13 for 88 yards. He had a chance to tie or win the game with just over a minute left, but desperation passes sailed out of the back of the end zone on the final two plays of the game.

ROOKIES

Jaguars: No. 4 overall draft pick Leonard Fournette ran nine times for 31 yards and a 1-yard touchdown.

Patriots: Undrafted free agent tight end Jacob Hollister, taking advantage of extra playing time with Gronkowski out, caught seven passes for 116 yards, including a 38-yarder. Carr, an undrafted free agent from Northwestern, caught five passes for 44 yards, going high to bring down Garoppolo's throw at the back of the end zone just before halftime.

INJURIES

Jaguars: Backup S Peyton Thompson left the game in the first half with a right biceps strain.

Patriots: Rookie DL Deatrich Wise left with a head injury in the first half.

SPECIAL GUESTS

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell attended the game - his first visit to Gillette Stadium since suspending Brady for four games in the scandal that came to be known as "Deflategate." Widely resented by New England fans, Goodell was spotted in Patriots owner Robert Kraft's luxury box at the start of the game.

SPECIAL TEAMS

After struggling in 2016 on special teams, the Jaguars hired Joe DeCamillis and brought in several specialists. Rashad Greene Sr. had a 41-yard punt return. Arrelious Benn had a nice tackle on a punt return.

KICKING WOES

Jacksonville's Jason Myers missed field goals from 53 and 50 yards. New England's Stephen Gostkowski missed one from 56 yards.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jaguars Patriots
06:19 Jason Myers 27 yd FG 3 0
00:51 Stephen Gostkowski 43 yd FG 3 3

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jaguars Patriots
09:03 Keelan Cole 97 yd pass from Chad Henne (Jason Myers kick) 10 3
01:57 Leonard Fournette 1 yd run (Jason Myers kick) 17 3
00:14 Austin Carr 3 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 17 10

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jaguars Patriots
11:20 K.J. Maye 5 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 17 17
11:02 Corey Grant 79 yd run (Jason Myers kick) 24 17
00:09 Dede Westbrook 42 yd pass from Brandon Allen (Jason Myers kick) 31 17

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jaguars Patriots
10:47 D.J. Foster 3 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 31 24

Team Stats
  Jacksonville New England
1st Downs 19 26
Total Yards 447 426
Passing 240 310
Passing Completions/Attempts 13-18 30-41
Yards/Pass 13.3 7.0
Rushing 207 116
Rushing Attempts 37 29
Yards/Rush 5.6 4.0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Possession 28:01 31:59

Jacksonville Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Chad Henne 5 6 139 23.2 1 0
Brandon Allen 5 7 85 12.1 1 0
Blake Bortles 3 5 16 3.2 0 0

New England Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jimmy Garoppolo 22 28 235 8.4 2 0
Jacoby Brissett 8 13 88 6.8 0 0

Jacksonville Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Corey Grant 8 120 15.0 1 79
Tim Cook 10 32 3.2 0 7
Leonard Fournette 9 31 3.4 1 8
Chris Ivory 6 20 3.3 0 15
Brandon Allen 1 5 5.0 0 5
T.J. Yeldon 2 0 0.0 0 4
Chad Henne 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

New England Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
LeShun Daniels Jr. 11 39 3.5 0 14
Brandon Bolden 5 33 6.6 0 24
Dion Lewis 7 32 4.6 0 12
D.J. Foster 4 7 1.8 1 3
Jimmy Garoppolo 1 3 3.0 0 3
Jacoby Brissett 1 2 2.0 0 2

Jacksonville Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Keelan Cole 2 108 54.0 1 97
Dede Westbrook 1 42 42.0 1 42
Larry Pinkard 1 19 19.0 0 19
Shane Wynn 1 17 17.0 0 17
Ben Koyack 2 14 7.0 0 10
Alex Ellis 2 11 5.5 0 7
Rashad Greene Sr. 1 11 11.0 0 11
Neal Sterling 1 9 9.0 0 9
Chris Ivory 1 5 5.0 0 5
T.J. Yeldon 1 4 4.0 0 4

New England Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Jacob Hollister 7 116 16.6 0 38
Austin Carr 5 44 8.8 1 20
K.J. Maye 6 34 5.7 1 17
D.J. Foster 3 33 11.0 0 17
Brandon Bolden 2 24 12.0 0 20
Dion Lewis 4 23 5.8 0 11
Sam Cotton 1 22 22.0 0 22
Devin Lucien 1 17 17.0 0 17
Glenn Gronkowski 1 10 10.0 0 10

Jacksonville Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Blair Brown 3 5 0 0
Myles Jack 3 3 0 0
Dawuane Smoot 3 2 0 0
Jarrod Wilson 3 0 0 0
Lerentee McCray 2 1 1 5
Telvin Smith 2 0 1 1
Dante Fowler Jr. 2 0 0 0
Tashaun Gipson 2 0 0 0
Jarrod Harper 2 0 0 0
Tracy Howard 2 1 0 0
Josh Johnson 2 1 0 0
Jalen Myrick 2 0 0 0
Yannick Ngakoue 1 2 1 7
Stefan Charles 1 2 0 0
Barry Church 1 1 0 0
Audie Cole 1 3 0 0
Sheldon Day 1 1 0 0
Brian Dixon 1 0 0 0
Charles Gaines 1 0 0 0
Jeron Johnson 1 0 0 0
Josh McNary 1 2 0 0
Hayes Pullard III 1 2 0 0
Ezra Robinson 1 0 0 0
Arrelious Benn 0 0 0 0
Keelan Cole 0 0 0 0
P.J. Davis 0 1 0 0
Malliciah Goodman 0 1 0 0
Doran Grant 0 2 0 0
Malik Jackson 0 1 0 0
Tueni Lupeamanu 0 1 0 0
Kevin Maurice 0 1 0 0
Tyler Patmon 0 1 0 0
Carroll Phillips 0 1 0 0
Larry Pinkard 0 0 0 0
Peyton Thompson 0 0 0 0
Jonathan Woodard 0 3 0 0

New England Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Trevor Bates 3 1 0 0
Jonathan Freeny 3 1 0 0
Jordan Richards 3 3 0 0
Elandon Roberts 2 4 0 0
Jason Thompson 2 1 0 0
Damarius Travis 2 1 0 0
Josh Augusta 1 5 0 0
Justin Coleman 1 3 0 0
Geneo Grissom 1 3 0 0
Woodrow Hamilton 1 3 0 0
Cyrus Jones 1 1 0 0
Jonathan Jones 1 0 0 0
Caleb Kidder 1 2 0 0
Darius Kilgo 1 4 0 0
D.J. Killings 1 0 0 0
Harvey Langi 1 2 0 0
Ryan Allen 0 0 0 0
Cole Croston 0 0 0 0
Brandon King 0 0 0 0
Deatrich Wise Jr. 0 2 0 0

Jacksonville Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New England Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Jacksonville Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Corey Grant 2 33 16.5 0 20
Rashad Greene Sr. 1 22 22.0 0 22

New England Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Cyrus Jones 6 117 19.5 0 27

Jacksonville Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Rashad Greene Sr. 1 41 41.0 0 41
Dede Westbrook 1 7 7.0 0 7

New England Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Cyrus Jones 1 0 0.0 0 0

Jacksonville Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Jason Myers 1 3 33.0 27

New England Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Stephen Gostkowski 1 2 50.0 43

Jacksonville Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Brad Nortman 3 128 47

New England Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Ryan Allen 3 153 53