The Patriots did not score an offensive touchdown in the first quarter of their first seven games. They scored an offensive touchdown in the first quarter on their first drive Monday night.
Cam Newton scored his seventh rushing touchdown on a 5-yard run with 3:34 remaining in the opening period. Newton has thrown only two touchdowns this season.
The other 31 NFL teams had at least one first-quarter offensive touchdown this season, according to the NFL.
The Patriots lead 7-3 after the first quarter.
Newton was 4-for-4 for 55 yards on the eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Jakobi Meyers caught two passes for 42 yards.