Patriots pick Sam Darnold three times, beat Panthers 24-6

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The Patriots didn’t have many offensive fireworks on Sunday, but they didn’t need them to beat the Panthers.

Sam Darnold threw three interceptions in the second half, including two in the red zone, and the Patriots ran for 151 yards in a 24-6 win. The victory bumps them to 5-4 on the season and they will take a three-game winning streak into next Sunday’s game against the Browns.

Cornerback J.C. Jackson had both of the red zone picks. He returned the first 88 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and then got his second on a pass into the end zone. Linebacker Jamie Collins also picked off Darnold, who may have been seeing the same ghosts he saw when he threw four interceptions against the Patriots while playing for the Jets in 2019.

Darnold was 16-of-33 for 172 yards overall and the Panthers only managed 240 yards as a team. Christian McCaffrey ran 14 times for 52 yards and had four catches for 54 yards in his first appearance since Week Three, but his return wasn’t enough to stop a string of poor performances for Darnold.

They’ll be in Arizona next week to try to turn things around offensively.

New England got 62 rushing yards from Rhamondre Stevenson, 54 yards from Brandon Bolden, and 30 yards for Damien Harris. Harris also scored a touchdown, but he and Stevenson, who also had two catches for 44 yards, both left the game with head injuries. Mac Jones turned the ball over twice in the first half, including an interception by former Patriots corner Stephon Gilmore, and finished 12-of-18 for 139 yards and a touchdown.

It’s not a gaudy stat sheet, but the win is what the Patriots were looking for as they head toward a matchup with another aspiring playoff team in the AFC.

28 responses to “Patriots pick Sam Darnold three times, beat Panthers 24-6

  1. Dont look now Here come the baby Patriots. Keep working your tails off boys were all proud of you !

  2. Defense stepped up again especially JC Jackson. Darnold saw ghosts all day. Mac is struggling lately but the rest of the team has been making sure that doesn’t matter. Thanks to the Jags the Pats are one game out of first. Go Pats!

  3. Gee, turns out it wasn’t just the Jets and Sam Darnold is the same turnover machine he’s always been. Who could have seen that coming? And the Panthers not only traded 3 draft picks for this guy, but picked up his option for next season. Great job guys.

  4. The 2001 Patriots are back. The league is full of young QBs that Belichick’s defense will eat alive.

  5. Angel Valle says:
    November 7, 2021 at 4:25 pm
    Dont look now Here come the baby Patriots. Keep working your tails off boys were all proud of you !

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    They’re the 5th oldest team in the league. Not baby pats.

  6. Thought it was appropriate that CBS played “I’m Your Boogie Man” by KC And The Sunshine Band going into a break after Collins INT. Only “The Ghost in You” by the Psychedelic Furs would have been better.

  7. Year One after a Bridge Year and they are 5-4 with a rookie QB. I will take it! I thought NE could only beat NYJ and HOU. Are LAC and CAR better?

  8. Has anyone other than Colin Cowherd seen enough of Sam Darnold’s act? Good grief he is putrid.

  9. regnarenrobria says:
    November 7, 2021 at 5:30 pm
    have the pats even played anybody..i mean really??
    ————————————————
    Took Dallas to OT, Saints, lost to Tampa Bay by two and the Chargers, all w/ wining records.

  10. J.C. Jackson had strep throat last week and missed most practices. Is he a great healer or does that show just how bad Sam Darnold is?

    Patriots offense has a lot of work to do. They were terrible for a lot of the first half, with constant penalties and ineffective play. I sure hope they get their issues straightened out.

  11. Sam Darnold is single handedly causing Matt Ruhle to realize how much he misses coaching at the college level. USC job is looking like an even more attractive golden parachute versus this nightmare.

  12. Damian Harris is a terrific RB. But, I don’t care if he’s bad in protection, or even fumbles once in awhile. Please get Rhamondre Stevenson on the field more. Not sure if I’d trade that 1/2 punch for anyone in the NFL.

  13. Judon just got held again.

    Imagine how good he would be if the refs called holding where actual holding happens.

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