This Patriots Defender Received Game Ball After Win Over Jaguars

A big day for the birthday boy

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January 3

One week after being exposed in a loss to the Buffalo Bills, Myles Bryant left Gillette Stadium with a game ball.

Bryant pulled down the second interception of his NFL career Sunday during the New England Patriots’ 50-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. Afterward, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick presented the second-year slot cornerback with a ball during his locker room breakdown, as seen in a behind-the-scenes video released Monday.

Sunday also was Bryant’s 24th birthday.

Bryant, who struggled to keep up with backup Bills slot receiver Isaiah McKenzie in Week 16, created the first of three New England takeaways in Sunday’s lopsided win. His interception of Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence gave the Patriots possession inside Jacksonville territory, setting up one of their four first-half touchdowns.

Overall, Bryant allowed just one catch on two targets for 3 yards against the Jags’ lackluster offense, per Pro Football Focus. J.C. Jackson and Kyle Dugger also intercepted Lawrence passes.

The Patriots snapped their two-game losing streak in decisive fashion, leading 28-3 at halftime and reaching the 50-point plateau for the second time this season.

“Good week,” Belichick told his players postgame. “Good job going out there and being the most physical team, staying in control of the game. That’s what we’ve got to do. That’s what we are. That’s where our commitment’s got to be.”

New England clinched a playoff spot with the win. It’ll close out the regular season this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

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