What did it do, exactly? Well, the first-quarter touchdown pass from Mac Jones to rookie cornerback Marcus Jones was the first such connection between two players with the same first initial and last name since Dec. 2, 1973.
Randy Johnson to Ron Johnson remains the only NFL passer-receiver TD combo where both players had the same first initial and last name.— Quirky Research (@QuirkyResearch) November 15, 2022
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Back then, the New York Giants’ Randy Johnson connected with teammate Ron Johnson on a 25-yard scoring passing against Washington. 49 years later, M. Jones to M. Jones accomplished the feat as well.
As for that play, it gave the Patriots a short-lived lead over the Bills in the first quarter. However, it was one of only a handful of positive plays the unit had in the first half against its division rivals: New England’s six possessions went three-and-out, touchdown, three-and-out, three-and-out, three-and-out, missed field goal.
The Patriots went into the locker room at the half down 17-7.