Despite their setbacks, the New England Patriots were able to defeat and shutout the Houston Texans on Thursday night by a scoreline of 27-0.
Without starting quarterback Tom Brady, or backup Jimmy Garoppolo, the Patriots had to rely upon rookie Jacoby Brissett to get them the win and he delivered, completing 11 of his 19 attempts for 103 passing yards, while also earning 48 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.
The 27-yard run which he scored on was the longest run from a Patriots quarterback since 1976 when Steve Grogan ran for 41 yards in a single play against the New York Jets.
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As you can see in the replay below, the rookie has some legs on him, as he managed to fake the handoff to running back LeGarrette Blount, and bootleg around towards the right-hand side of the field, where he would continue to run and dive towards the endzone, juking Texans' free safety Andre Hal along the way.
It was the first touchdown of the night, and the only touchdown of the first half, as New England would go on and score two further touchdowns in the second half through Blount.
It's crazy to think that Houston with arguably one of the best defenses in the league weren't able to take into account that the rookie quarterback might run more than he throws due to pocket pressure, nor could they catch him once he got going despite him only clocking a time of 4.94 in the 40-yard run earlier this year at the NFL combine.
While the game was won last night thanks to exceptional coaching by the one and only Bill Belichick, you have to give Brissett some credit for having the legs on this play to be able to get into the endzone and get his team going.
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