The Patriots set a new record for points scored against the Jaguars with 51 (breaking the previous record of 50 set by the prolific 1998 Minnesota Vikings).
The Jaguars received the opening kickoff, but went three-and-out. Taking the ball from their own 36, Brady drove the Patriots on a 5 play, 64 yard drive completing 3 passes for 56 yards before Dion Lewis capped off the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run. The Jaguars moved the ball well on their next possession, reaching the Patriots 44 before a holding penalty killed their drive. The Patriots, however, marched 62 more yards, but like Jacksonville, a penalty killed the drive and they settled with Gostkowski's 46-yard field goal. The Jaguars then began a 58-yard drive, but it took 17 plays, taking 8:24 off the clock. The Jaguars converted four third-and-longs, but could only settle for Jason Myers' 40-yard field goal. The Patriots answered right back. On a long drive of their own, they marched 78 yards using 14 plays, reaching the Jacksonville -2, but the Jags defense held, holding New England to a Gostkowski 20-yard field goal. Following this, the Jags reached the Patriots 46-yard line, but Devin McCourty intercepted the pass intended for Mercedes Lewis and returned it 27 yards to the Patriots 43 yard line. With exceptional field position, the Patriots moved quickly, 57 yards, finishing with Brady hitting Danny Amendola on a 1-yard touchdown pass with 0:18 left in the first half. The Patriots clock-eating strategy continued on their first drive of the 2nd half as they moved 52 yards eating 4:10 as Gostkowski kicked his third field goal of the day, a 46-yarder, widening the lead to 23-3. After a Jacksonville three-and-out, the Patriots had one of the strangest scoring drives in NFL history. After a completion to Rob Gronkowski, Gronkowski was flagged for offensive pass interference pushing the ball five yards back to the Patriots- 33. On the very next play, Brady attempted a deep pass to Aaron Dobson that fell incomplete, but Jacksonville was flagged for pass interference moving the ball to the Jaguars- 25. Again, on the very next play, Brady was intercepted by Davon House who returned the ball 82 yards to the Patriots- 26, however, the Jags were called for pass interference again, moving the ball to the 1-yard line. On the very next play, LeGarrette Blount ran it in for a touchdown and a 30-3 Patriots lead. The Jaguars finally struck for a touchdown on their next drive as Blake Bortles hit Allen Hurns for a 51-yard touchdown pass. However, Jacksonville's defense had no answer for Tom Brady and the Patriots. Following Jacksonville's touchdown, the Patriots matched with one of their own. A crucial horse-collar tackle at the end of a 17-yard Blount run moved the ball to the Jaguars- 15. Two plays later Brady hit rookie receiver Keshawn Martin on a 13-yard touchdown pass, increasing the lead to 37-10. The drive was so efficient that the Patriots never faced a third-down and every play gained at least two yards. After forcing the Jaguars into a turnover on downs, the Patriots didn't skip a beat marching 24 yards with Blount rushing for a 1-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter making the score an embarrassing 44-10. Following a Jaguars three-and-out, the Patriots took a page from the Jaguars playbook slowly moving 58 yards in 17 plays, taking 9:47 off the clock. Once again Blount took it in from 1 yard out increasing the lead to 51-10. Bortles commanded an 80-yard drive, hitting tight end Clay Harbor for a 6-yard touchdown. The Patriots then ran out the clock to end the game.
The Patriots won the turnover battle 1-0, dominated in total yards 471-293, more than doubled their first down total at 35-15, and held the ball for almost 10 minutes longer. With the win the Patriots improved to 3-0 and showed the damage their offense can do.
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