The Patriots went three-and-almost-out on their first drive, gaining only 2 yards on their first three plays. The Patriots lined up in punt formation, but from their own 27, on fourth-and-eight, Nate Ebner took the direct snap and ran around right end for 14 yards.
Four plays later, Rex Burkhead was in the end zone from 2 yards out.
The Patriots lead 7-0 with 11:39 remaining in the first quarter after that opening eight-play, 75-yard drive.
The only bad news for the Patriots is that Ebner injured his knee on the fake. He appeared to be in a great deal of pain as he left for the locker room. New England has ruled him out.