BOSTON (CBS) — Welcome to the NFL, Jacoby Brissett.
After the Patriots kicked a field goal to go up 3-0 in the first quarter Thursday night against the Texans, the Pats were able to force a turnover on the ensuing kickoff and put Brissett and the offense in prime scoring position.
Brissett, starting his first NFL game ever, didn’t waste much time.
On the first play of the drive, Brissett scrambled right, broke a tackle at the five-yard line and dove into the end zone for his first ever touchdown in the NFL to put the Patriots up 10-0 in the first quarter. It was the longest touchdown run by a Patriots quarterback since Steve Grogan’s 41-yard score in 1976.
“It was crazy; it was awesome,” Brissett said of the score, admitting that he had a headache after from all the headbutts he received from teammates. “I was just running until I got stopped. It worked out how we planned it, and I just had to make one guy miss near the end zone.”
To top it all off, upon reaching the sideline, Brissett immediately handed the ball to coach Bill Belichick, the ultimate sign of respect from the young quarterback. Belichick said after the game that the ball is going back to the rookie, and should be a fine addition to his trophy case.
Brissett completed 11 of his 19 pass attempts for 103 yards while rushing for 48 yards on eight carries in New England’s 27-0 win.
“It was a great team win,” said Brissett. “We really just came out with a hard-fought team effort. We just tried to impose our will.”
Not bad, rook. Not bad at all.