BOSTON (CBS) — Damien Harris atoned for his costly Week 1 fumble against the Miami Dolphins, angrily reaching the end zone to start the second half of New England’s Week 2 win over the New York Jets.
After the Patriots picked off Jets quarterback Zach Wilson for the fourth time Sunday, Harris capped off New England’s offensive possession with a phenomenal 26-yard touchdown run. Harris broke tackle after tackle and then took a few Jets defenders into the end zone with him, holding onto the ball despite New York’s best efforts to rip it free.
Harris broke at least eight tackles on his way to the end zone to give New England a 19-3 lead at the time. He also got a little push from quarterback Mac Jones on the play:
DAMIEN HARRIS. BEASTMODE. #ForeverNE
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After a week of questions regarding his ball security, Harris showed why he’s New England’s top running back on Sunday.
“Anytime you touch the ball you want to get in the box. It was a great play, everyone was blocking their butts off and apparently I got some help from Mac Jones too,” Harris said after the win. “It was a great play and a great moment to have with the team. Everyone was excited. Great moment for the team.”
“It was a statement for the offense and him as well,” fellow running back James White said of Harris’ TD run. “After last week, I know he was eager to get back out there. That was great for him. That play was huge.”
As for that push from Jones, Harris was thankful for it, but doesn’t want to see it again.
“I appreciate that but I hope he never does it again. We need him,” Harris said.
Harris ran for 62 yards on his 16 carries in Sunday’s 25-6 win. He now has 162 rushing yards for the season, averaging 4.2 yards per carry.