Mac Jones throws pick-six in first quarter against Saints


FOXBORO — After one of the ugliest games of his career, Mac Jones needs to perform better Sunday against the Saints.

It didn’t start well.

The third-year quarterback went 0-for-2 on the Patriots’ opening drive, finishing with three outs.

Jones also went 0-for-2 on his second possession, though it was significantly worse.

After missing Stevenson on a short pass on second down, Jones looked for his running back again on third down. However, Jones didn’t see defensive lineman Carl Granderson closing the gap in front of him, and the quarterback stepped right up to the passer.

The contact affected his throw, causing him to wobble around midfield and be caught by Tyrann Mathieu and returned 27 yards for a touchdown.

It was the sixth pick-six of Jones’ career, his third of the season and his second at home this season.

A defensive touchdown broke a 0-0 tie. In a game that struggled to score, Jones scored his third touchdown in four quarters.

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