There was no shortage of big plays in the Patriots’ remarkable 24-20 comeback win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here are a few that made an impact as New England rallied to turn the tables on Jacksonville.
Brandin Cooks draws a pass interference call on A.J. Bouye
The Patriots had just lost tight end Rob Gronkowski on the previous play on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Barry Church. On the next play, Brady tried to connect with Cooks down the left sideline, but the speedy receiver was tackled by Bouye before the ball arrived. The back-to-back penalties totaled 47 yards and gave the Patriots the ball at the Jacksonville 13, setting up the Patriots’ first touchdown to pull within 14-10 at the half.
Danny Amendola’s 21-yard reception on third and 18
Trailing 20-10 with 10:56 remaining in the game, Amendola and Tom Brady connected for a pass over the middle to keep the drive alive. The Patriots would go on to score when Brady found Amendola for a nine-yard touchdown with 8;53 to go, cutting the deficit to 20-17.
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Danny Amendola saved the day, and the Patriots’ season.
Has there ever been a more clutch NFL player than Danny Amendola? Third and 18? Twenty-yard throw to Amendola. Need a big touchdown? Amendola had six catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Flea flicker to Phillip Dorsett
On the next play after Amendola’s 21-yard reception, the Patriots ran a flea flicker, with Brady handing the ball off to James White, who took a few steps toward the line of scrimmage before tossing the ball back to Brady. Brady then found Dorsett for a 31-yard completion.
Amendola’s 20-yard punt return to set up the game-winning drive
After the Patriots forced the Jaguars to go three-and-out deep in Jacksonville territory with 5:13 to play, Amendola fielded the ensuing punt at midfield and returned it to the Jacksonville 30. Five plays later Brady and Amendola connected again for a four-yard pass that would prove to be the game-winning touchdown.
Jaguars called for delay of game
Jacksonville led, 14-3, and was looking at third and 7 at the New England 44 with 2:23 left in the first half. The Jaguars appeared to keep the drive alive when Blake Bortles completed a pass, but they did not snap the ball in time. The play was nullified, and the Jaguars could not convert on third-and-12. The Patriots would get the ball back and score before the half was over.
Stephon Gilmore deflects a pass to end Jacksonville’s last drive
Trailing 24-20 and facing fourth and 15 at the Patriots’ 43 with 1:53 left in the game, Jacksonville elected to go for it, with Bortles looking for Dede Westbrook down the right sideline, but Gilmore was able to knock the ball away, giving the Patriots possession.
Dion Lewis’s 18-yard run to close out the game
The Patriots were clinging to the 24-20 lead and dealing with third and nine at their own 44 with 1:39 remaining in the game when Lewis burst through the left side of the line and rumbled 18-yards for the game-clinching first down.