May 18, 2024


Jones threw his league-high tenth interception on the Patriots’ penultimate drive, making the error within the pink zone.

Mac Jones was benched for the third time this season on Sunday. AP Picture/Martin Meissner

The Patriots known as for Zappe Hour on their remaining drive in Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Colts in Germany.

New England benched Mac Jones within the final drive of its 10-6 loss to Indianapolis, placing Bailey Zappe in when it acquired the ball again with 1:52 remaining. The Patriots’ resolution to drag Jones got here after the quarterback threw his first interception of the sport, drastically underthrowing Mike Gesicki once they had the ball on the Colts’ 15-yard line with 4:24 remaining.

When Zappe took over, the Patriots acquired the ball again following a Colts punt at their 14-yard line with no timeouts. Zappe and the Patriots discovered some success initially, shifting the ball 25 yards earlier than dealing with a fourth-and-1. The Patriots transformed on the fourth down with Rhamondre Stevenson choosing up a yard, however Zappe threw an interception on the next play as he tried to drag off a pretend spike.

Sunday marks the third time that Jones has been pulled in a recreation this season. He was benched within the second half of the Patriots’ blowout losses to the Cowboys and Saints in Weeks 4 and 5.

Jones performed a comparatively clear recreation for a lot of Sunday’s matchup finishing 15 of 19 passes for 170 yards with no turnovers previous to the interception. However he additionally took 5 sacks within the first half, 4 of which got here on third down, and solely led the Patriots to 2 scoring drives. He was additionally on the receiving finish of an trade with an animated Invoice O’Brien through the third quarter.