FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots’ first touchdown Sunday came from a predictable source.
The second? Not so much.
New England already led the Tennessee Titans by a score in the first quarter and had Marcus Mariota and the Titans’ offense backed up at their own 26-yard line on third down.
That’s when defensive end Chandler Jones made an incredible play, strip-sacking Mariota and allowing defensive tackle Akiem Hicks to jump on the fumble for the always-awesome “fat guy touchdown.”
Jones somehow managed to reach Mariota despite Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan being penalized for illegal use of hands to the face on the play. The play also completely fooled CBS’ camera crew, which panned downfield to the Titans’ wide receivers after what it thought was Mariota’s attempted pass.
Jones’ impressive effort gave him 11.5 sacks on the season, tying a career high. He added another sack later in the game to set a new personal best.
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Thumbnail photo via New England Patriots defensive end Akiem Hicks (72) reacts after recovering a fumble and returning for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium.